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Smile July/August 2020 – Calculus and its role in the development of periodontal diseases GDC Development Outcome: C

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

About the Course

Learning objectives

• Refine understanding of dental calculus, with a focus on the differences between supragingival and subgingival calculus

• Increase awareness of calculus role in periodontal disease

• Learn more about the potential risks calculus has for patient health

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NHS England: Contract uplifts confirmed

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Following consultation with the BDA, the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that contracts will be uplifted by 2.5% in England. The uplift will be paid in November and backdated to 1 April.

The BDA stressed, when the Chancellor announced his deal back in July, that an above inflation award represents a bare minimum any government can offer NHS workers’, adding that the ‘uplift does not begin to cover the huge increases in expenses practices have faced with PPE and meeting new cross-infection guidelines’.

Foundation Dentist salaries will be updated by 2.8%, as will Educational Supervisors’ grants. FD service costs have been frozen, which the BDA has strongly objected to.

This is the second consecutive year of above-inflation pay awards for dentists. The BDA remains clear that this must now be built on, as part of wider plans to maintain the long-term integrity of the service.

The BDA continues to campaign on behalf of NHS dentists.

Align Technology to host first Digital Innovations Forum to help futureproof dental profession

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Align Technology has announced that it will host its first Digital Innovations Forum on 2nd and 3rd December 2020 from 5pm to 8pm (CET). The two-day virtual meeting will be delivered digitally to bring together an international panel of speakers to showcase the latest thinking about practice-related digital innovations. Their collective aim will be to demonstrate how practitioners can adopt improved digital workflows and more efficient treatment experiences – for their practices and ultimately for their patients.

To date, Align has invested over $1 billion (US) in research and development of its cutting-edge technology, including Invisalign aligners and iTero intraoral scanners to advance solutions for dental professionals and their patients. The company remains focused on elevating practices beyond their current position in their digitization and optimization efforts, assisting in futureproofing the dental profession.

Throughout the Digital Innovations Forum, the roster of speakers will explore why the shift to digital is happening right now, and why embracing digital technology is an essential part of a dynamic business. 

Bo Dahlbom, a lecturer on the importance of digitalisation for business and society, IT professor at the University of Gothenburg, chairman of the board of Activation, and a long-time adviser to the government on IT policy issues, will start the plenary session with an insight into ‘The Digital Revolution and Dental Care’.

Explaining the subject of his lecture, Bo Dahlbom commented: “Dentists could resist digitalisation if the whole profession remained conservative and did not easily embrace technological advances. But this is not reality. To remain ahead of the game, dental practitioners need to benchmark themselves against competition and see how the digital revolution is impacting on them.” He added: “In my keynote, I will talk about the changes in society and the similarities between dentistry and other industries. I will also highlight how powerful companies’ digital platforms shape the future and how Align Technology has this ambition to drive the dental industry forward”.

For more information about the Digital Innovations Forum and to register, please visit https://aligndigitalinnovationsforum.com/

Leading dental professor warns of potential dental nurse redundancies

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A leading dental professor has voiced concerns around a potential wave of possible dental nurse jobs being put at risk as the profession continues to be plagued by financial uncertainty. Professor Phil Taylor, Dean of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, has warned that many dental practices may be forced to cut jobs due to current restrictions imposed on them as a result of the pandemic particularly with them being able to see less patients.

Professor Taylor said: “Many dental nurses have been furloughed during the pandemic and with the Job Retention Scheme due to finish at the end of the month, we are in real danger of seeing these positions under threat. The tight restrictions on how many patients can be seen in a day has resulted in practices potentially needing less staff, and many have had to make tough decisions in order to survive financially.

“Dental nurses play a vital role in the dental profession and are an essential part of the team. It is of the utmost importance that we ensure they are supported through this period. For those who are returning to work, they need better support from the UK Government as well as the NHS as they adjust to new regulations, PPE and AGP procedures.”

Jacqui Elsden, President of the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, said: “Many dental nurses in NHS and mixed practices have not been paid their full, if any, salaries since March, despite the employing practices having received their NHS funding.

“Even when they are paid, dental nurses working in NHS practices are not regarded by the NHS as NHS employees – and are therefore denied access to NHS pensions and other benefits; nor are they paid according to NHS scales, but are often only paid minimum wage, despite the fact that they have to pay the GDC ARF, as well as indemnity and CPD costs. 

“This is why BADN have launched a campaign for recognition of dental nurses, their contribution to oral healthcare and their vital role in the dental team.  We encourage all dental nurses, and other members of the dental team, to lobby their MPs – a template letter is available on the BADN website.  BADN membership fees have been lowered to allow dental nurses access to the advice and support BADN offers, as well as a wide range of money saving options through our Rewards scheme – even more necessary during these difficult times.”

The leading surgical college has previously warned that the current restrictions on dental practices could lead to the collapse of NHS dentistry in Scotland with practices forced to become private-only in order to survive the pandemic. 

To find out more about the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, go to https://www.rcsed.ac.uk and to find out more about the British Association of Dental Nurses or to download the template lobby letter visit, www.badn.org.uk or contact enquiries@badn.org.uk.