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Smile April 19 – Infection prevention and control in practice – a review of current guidance GDC Development Outcomes B and C

Course Dates: 29th May 2019 - 29th May 2021
Enrollment Dates: Enroll Anytime
Who can Enroll: Anyone
Course Language: English
Price: FREE

About the Course

Aims and objectives:

• To understand the Code of Practice on the prevention and control of health-associated infections

• To be aware of the Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections and HTM 01-05 ‘Decontamination in primary care dental practice’ (2013)

 

• To understand the key areas relating to infection prevention and control as covered in these documents

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NHS England and CDO issue latest preparedness letter for primary dental care

Course Dates: Open-ended
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Price: FREE

About the Course

Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer for England, and Matt Neligan, Director of Primary Care and System Transformation at NHS England, have issued the latest preparedness letter for primary dental care. This is the fifth in a series of regular updates to general dental practices and community dental services regarding the Covid-19 situation, all of which can be found here.

The latest instalment begins by expressing gratitude for the ongoing commitment to quality care provided by the industry as a whole, before making the following statement:

In light of the emerging evidence and recommendations for Infection prevention and Control, we continue to review the risk management measures for dental practices and will keep you informed of any developments. However, the potential for localised and regional resurgence of Covid-19 will endure. To this end, regions will retain their urgent dental care capability, and practices should be prepared to comply with any localised public health measures and restrictions.

Regional directors and public health leads will provide the necessary direction and practices are reminded to remain connected with their regional teams.

Hurley and Neligan go on to discuss various topics, including: the ongoing resumption of dental services, covering patient management and guidance and standard operating procedures; financial and contractual arrangements for dental services in England, covering contractual arrangements and further assistance; PPE and fit testing, including respirator fit testing and dental care provision PPE and IPC requirement; and workforce issues, such as risk assessments and the impact on dental training.

Read the letter in full here.

Inaugural GC Europe International MI Congress presents Minimum Intervention Dentistry

Course Dates: Open-ended
Enrollment Dates: Enroll Anytime
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Price: FREE

About the Course

In preparation for GC’s 100th anniversary in 2021, the 1st GC Europe International MI Congress took place on 20th June 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the format had to be changed to an online continuing education event. Over 2,000 participants signed up for the live sessions and were able to be a part of a remarkable and successful day.

The Congress consisted of nine sessions on Minimum Intervention Dentistry, informing delegates about the latest scientific and professional strategies to promote responsible decision-making in modern dentistry. Question and answer sessions rounded up the professional exchange to the topics at hand.

Online continuing education is in high demand among dental professionals, especially during the current exceptional circumstances.

Dental professionals and administration teams feel more comfortable utilising the internet to learn about new treatment options, related innovative products as well as application strategies from the comfort of their home or office. The high level of attendance and participation in the Congress webinars throughout the entire day confirmed the increased interest in this alternative format.

The webinars can be accessed on demand at www.gceuropecampus.com.

Examining what the Chancellor’s Summer Statement 2020 means for dentistry

Course Dates: Open-ended
Enrollment Dates: Enroll Anytime
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Price: FREE

About the Course

Michael Lansdell is a founding partner at specialist dental and medical accountants Lansdell & Rose and a chartered accountant. Here, he discusses the main points from the Chancellor’s Summer Statement delivered on 8 July, which outlined new measures to support business and workers.

Rishi Sunak’s Spring Budget was on 11 March, just two weeks before large parts of the economy were shut down completely. Now, four months later, your practice may have reopened and hopefully you are feeling positive, proactive, and prepared for whatever might come your way. Here’s a brief guide to the Summer Statement and which of the interventions could be of particular interest to practice owners and dental professionals.

Furloughed workers

If you are a dental practice owner who has furloughed staff, you will probably already know that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is being phased down starting from August, when more of the cost of furloughing will be passed onto the employer. The CJRS has already been extended twice, but the Chancellor confirmed he still intends for it to finish in October, as planned.

What is new is a Job Retention Bonus in the form of a one-off £1,000 payment, for every employee you bring back and who remains continuously employed until the end of January 2021 (you’ll get your bonus from February onwards). Any furloughed individual you return to work must earn more than £520 a month, on average between the end of the CJRS and the 31 January.

Work placements, trainees, and apprentices

There are to be new payment bonuses attached to employers who offer the above, which could all certainly be of interest to practice owners and enrich your workplace for a multitude of reasons. First is the Kickstart Scheme, which aims to provide new, six-month, quality work placements for young people aged 16-24. Government funding for each job will cover employers’ costs, including 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus employer NICs and minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

There will also be bonuses for employers who offer traineeships/work placements for 16-24-year olds and for those who hire new apprentices – for every new apprenticeship, you could receive up to £2,000.

A Stamp Duty showstopper

This announcement was the headline grabber; the UK housing market had – unsurprisingly – ground to a near-halt in the first half of the year. So, as had been widely expected, from 8 July – 31 March 2021, there is to be a temporary cut on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on residential property in England and Northern Ireland, increasing the zero-rate band to £500,000 with all bands being revised. For additional properties, or corporate residential properties of over £40,000 though, you’ll still need to add 3% to the relevant SDLT rates.

To sum up…

Generally, we’re all now wanting to regain lost ground from lockdown and, of course, the current picture will also look different from wherever you are in the UK. We might feel that we’re facing the great unknown, but although things might “seem” different, a successful business is always one that has been built on sensible and solid practises, protocols and processes, and is able to adapt and respond intelligently to changing and challenging circumstances.

What I do know is that at Lansdell & Rose, our dental clients are very happy to be back at work! We offer a full portfolio of accountancy services and will also give you specialist, quality advice with business support and planning for now and the future.

From the very start of the pandemic, those who adopted a confident and decisive approach have stood out from the rest and this is what every dental practice owner and dental professional who wants to gain the maximum benefit from their business and optimise their personal finance, should be aiming to achieve.

For more information please visit www.lansdellrose.co.uk.