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Waterpik – Saliva, chewing gum and oral health GDC Development Outcome C

Course Dates: 27th January 2020 - 27th January 2022
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Who can Enroll: Anyone
Course Language: English
Price: FREE

About the Course

Develop a greater understanding of the role saliva plays in oral health

Learn about various means of improving salivary flow and its protective effects

Increase awareness of xerostomia

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A prompt to prepare from OCDO England

Course Dates: Open-ended
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Price: FREE

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The Office of the Chief Dental Officer (OCDO) England has issued a ‘promot to prepare’, offering considerations applicable for safely reopening primary dental care settings. 

While the risk of Covid-19 transmission to staff and patients arising from clinical proximity and the unique aerosol generating procedures involved in dentistry remains a key factor in the temporary suspension of routine dentistry, dental care cannot be postponed indefinitely. Therefore, a sustained reduction in Covid-19 transmission risk will provide an opportunity to safely resume some elements of dental care. 

In preparing for the resumption of routine dental care, practices may wish to consider patient priorities, practice pace, proximity and levels of protection required for the safe delivery of dental care. The prompt to prepare considerations released have been produced by dental practitioners for use in primary care settings to provide guidance, which is due to be published by recognised professional bodies. Dental teams are advised to ensure that they regularly update their knowledge and understanding of the published Covid-19 Public Health England guidance and its application in a dental setting. 

The guidance is laid out in what has been termed a ‘Consideration Pathway’. Practice considerations outlined cover patient flow and practice floorplans, communal areas, supplied and equipment. To ensure safety of staff, training, screening, work schedules and guidance on health and wellbeing is considered. Factors explored for patient care include communication, care plans, and travel to and from the practice. 

“In preparing for the activation of the broader public health conditions that both herald and safeguard our ability to resume routine dental care, ‘prompt to prepare’ offers considerations applicable to primary dental care settings,’ explained Sara Hurley, chief dental officer for England. “There will be inevitable changes with regards to pace, proximity and levels of protection that are required for effective risk management and the safe delivery of dental care. This is the time to review and make the appropriate adjustments to protocols, procedures and practice infrastructure for the safe and effective resumption of routine dental care. Further guidance will follow, these will cover urgent dental care and alternative (non-AGP) evidence-based care planning. 

Henry Schein Dental helps dentists safely return to providing care

Course Dates: Open-ended
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Price: FREE

About the Course

Henry Schein Dental UK has compiled a variety of measures that focus on the critical steps necessary to help dentists safely restart their practice and to ensure the health and wellness of patients and the dental team. The practice recovery programme aims to help dental teams prepare for the resumption of practice and offers a curated set of solutions ranging from practice safety and preparation, new protocol implementation, and patient communications.

In addition to the company’s comprehensive solutions portfolio, Henry Schein has created a checklist for how to plan your business bounce back, which can be found on the Henry Schein website. There is also a Covid-19 Resource and Education Centre that provides access to practical information as well as helpful webinars.

“At Henry Schein we are committed to helping our customers emerge strong from this difficult situation. We are here to help in fulfillment of our brand promise: Rely on Us. Our team is dedicated to working with dental practitioners to help establish a re-opening process and provide access to a wide range of products, services, and solutions to run an efficient practice while delivering quality patient”, said Patrick Allen, Managing Director of Henry Schein in the UK.

A key solutions offered as part of the new programme is the recently launched teledentistry offering, designed by MedPod, Inc. This clinical decision tool allows dentists to provide critical patient communication and monitoring as the COVID-19 outbreak continues. The cloud-based software platform gives providers the ability to conduct remote consultations for patients so that they can continue to operate their practice, while delivering virtual care to patients who may not have access to a physical office visit, or choose not to visit a clinical setting as a safety precaution.

Software of Excellence, a Henry Schein One brand, has created a new online event called the ‘Bounceback Virtual Dental Festival’ to be held on 26 – 27 May 2020. Currently, more than 2,500 dental professionals have registered the two-day event packed full of useful advice, information, and online networking, delivered by experts from across the industry, helping create a community through which dentists and practice owners can access ‘real-life’, practical support. Henry Schein Dental as well as the Henry Schein, Inc. affiliate MediHoldings will support the event. Proposed topics will include the adjustment to the ‘new normal’, managing teams and HR challenges, how to financially survive the pandemic, the importance of patient communication, making your practice a safer place, self and team empowerment, and implementing contactless arrivals and departures. Software of Excellence also offers regular COVID-19 related webinars to support dental customers on business related topics.

Free online guide launched for teachers to support students preparing for BMAT

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About the Course

A free online guide has been released by Cambridge Assessment to help teachers support students who need to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) to get a place to study Medicine or Dentistry in the UK.

The guide is designed to highlight further information and free support materials that are available for BMAT. Teachers using the guide can share the information with their students who need to take the test to study at certain UK universities or medical schools. The experts behind the guide say it comes at a time when teacher support is more important than ever as the teaching sector faces severe restrictions due to Covid-19.

The online guide has been developed by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing, the same experts who develop BMAT. It includes information on where to find free online BMAT preparation materials, answers to frequently asked questions from students, information on the test format and guidance on BMAT test sessions.

Andy Chamberlain, Head of Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing said: “BMAT plays a highly significant role in ensuring students with the highest potential get selected for healthcare related courses and the test has become a key part of the recruitment toolkit for universities. For this reason it’s essential that teachers get the support they need to make sure students are confident on the test day. We’ve designed the guide so it’s really comprehensive and gives teachers the information they need to pass on to their students. It comes at a time when teacher support is more important than ever and by using the guide, teachers will be able to help their students take the next steps towards university.”

BMAT is used by universities around the world to select applicants for medical, dental and biomedical courses. It tests key skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and application of scientific knowledge that are crucial for success on an academically demanding, science-based degree.

BMAT is designed so that students can prepare for the test on their own, and Admissions Testing also provides comprehensive free resources so that students can do so. However, many teachers would like to help support their students and this guide provides a quick resource for teachers to share the right information about BMAT.

Chamberlain added: “We already provide lots of free resources to help students prepare for BMAT, but this new guide is designed to give teachers a helping hand in supporting their students. Our research has shown that costly preparation courses are unnecessary which is why the guide shows teachers where to find all of our free materials.”