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Smile July/August 2020 – Arm & Hammer GDC Development Outcome: C

Course Dates: 25th August 2020 - 25th August 2022
Enrollment Dates: Enroll Anytime
Who can Enroll: Anyone
Course Language: English
Price: FREE

About the Course

Review and further understand the properties and vulnerabilities of dental enamel

Improve patient communication and understanding regarding their oral hygiene regime

Improve understanding of enamel remineralisation and hardening.

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GSK Health Partner showcases how UK dentistry is rising to the challenge

Course Dates: Open-ended
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Price: FREE

About the Course

A new campaign by GSK aims to showcase how dental practices and professionals across the UK have risen to the challenges of effective patient care during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the video series, GSK showcases the resilience, passion and adaptability of the dental profession as it responds to new guidelines as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The videos are delivered by practitioners who have made small but imaginative changes to help patients to improve their dental health. Five voices, three videos, one goal: to share learnings and inspire better oral health. These videos can be viewed on: https://www.gskhealthpartner.com/en-gb/dentistry-innovation-rising-challenge/.

The series includes advice from Stuart Garton, a Practice Owner from Liverpool on seizing opportunities to embrace innovation, rethink practice and transform the patient experience. Additional content includes help with behaviour change and how the profession is coming together to evolve dental care including the role of new guidelines as a catalyst for innovation, inspiration and collaboration.

Andrei Gutierrez, Senior Expert Marketing Manager at GSK comments: “We hope that this series of videos can help to raise the profile of the continued dedication and commitment of the dental team during this challenging time and provide inspiration to other dental care professionals about how guidelines have become a catalyst for innovation, inspiration and collaboration. As Covid-19 restrictions continue across the world, the message of prevention of oral disease is more important than ever”.

Dentists denied Covid-19 loss-of-earnings claim advised to check their insurance policy

Course Dates: Open-ended
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The door has been opened for dental practices and other small businesses to make or resubmit an insurance claim for loss of income arising from Covid-19 restrictions last year. At an appeal hearing last week the Supreme Court ruled largely in favour of small businesses which had initially been denied a pay-out by their insurers.

Nathan Poole of specialist dental accountants Ross-Brooke Dental, welcomes the news. “We recommend dentists check their policies, and liaise with their insurance brokers if they think there may be grounds for a claim. Dentists may have been told that no claim was possible previously but this new ruling may open the door.”

The Supreme Court ruling comes after a test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) acting on behalf of policy holders who had made a claim and been denied a pay-out. The case was fast-tracked to the Supreme Court resulting in a detailed and complex ruling.

Poole said most commercial insurance policies prioritise property and equipment damage and business interruption cover associated with closure of business due to fire and flood. However, some also cover interruption from disease or public authority closures or restrictions. While a number of insurers accepted liability under such policies, others disputed liability, leading to a lack of clarity and the FCA’s test case.

He continued: “We have been working with clients to quantify and substantiate their losses which we are finding start from £50k, so substantial sums. Some dentists have already been contacted by their insurer to quantify their claim should this ruling go against them. Now the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of policyholders, we expect to see those claims settled.”

He said: “A number of our dentist clients have already had pay-outs. Obviously every policy has limitations and clauses specifying the insurers liability, but I believe there will be more dentists who find that the door which had previously been closed to them has been opened and a claim is now possible.”

His colleague Linda Giles said: “We don’t advise on insurance policies as we are not authorised to do so but we encourage our clients to use specialist brokers to get the best and most appropriate cover for a dental business. We also encourage clients to review their levels of cover regularly and make sure they understand what’s on offer, so they choose a policy to suit their needs.”

Recruitment now open for GDC Chair and Council Member

Course Dates: Open-ended
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The General Dental Council’s (GDC) recruitment to fill the roles of Chair and Council Member is now open, ahead of the terms of office for two of its existing members coming to an end later this year. The regulator is required to maintain an equal split of dental professionals and non-registrants (lay members) on its Council and is accordingly inviting applications from both lay and registrant individuals for both roles.

The GDC is seeking people with the relevant skills and experience, an interest in dentistry and a shared vision for a system of regulation which supports the provision of safe, effective oral health care.

The closing date for applications is Friday 22 February. Please see adverts for full details of the two roles.

The advert for Chair states: ‘The Council is looking for a Chair to succeed the incumbent as they come to end of their final term, who will lead the GDC and Council through this period of challenge and change. We are looking for individuals with significant non-executive Board level experience, and chairing experience at Board or Committee level, with senior-level experience in a public sector or regulatory setting. Candidates will have exceptional stakeholder management and communication skills, and a proven ability to lead an organisation through change and uncertainty. Candidates from both lay and registrant backgrounds are welcome to apply.’

The new chair will begin their role in October 2021.

Meanwhile, the new council member, also due to start on 1st October, will help guide the GDC through a period of challenge and change. ‘We are looking for strategically minded professionals with a demonstrable commitment to supporting confidence in public services, the capacity to understand the organisational and business issues facing the GDC, and experience of providing objective and practical advice to an organisation at a senior, strategic level. Download the candidate pack on Saxton Bampfylde’s website using the link below to learn more about what we are looking for in a new Council member. Candidates from both lay and registrant backgrounds are welcome to apply.’