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  • Youngdentists must adapt to change

    Young dentists were told by Professor Andrew Eder at a recent seminar that must adapt to ensure they are providing the best care for their patients. He advised them to focus on diversity in their careers, invest in ongoing CPD and training and identify a mentor, to ensure they maintain Read More
  • ARFincrease raised in Parliament

    Two MPs have asked questions on the proposed ARF increase. The replies from health minister, Dr Daniel Poulter, were similar. He said that, although the GDC was an independent body, the Government would not expect registration fees to increase beyond their current levels, ‘unless there is a clear and robust Read More
  • Openletter attacks GDC further

    More pressure has been placed on the GDC today by the publication of an open letter to the GDC Chair, of the General Dental Council, William Moyes. A group of 23 LDCs have collaborated to produce an in depth letter of criticism and advice for the GDC, joining the explosion Read More
  • Hygienistraises 20 000 for charity

    A dental hygienist has raised almost £20,000 for Mouth Cancer Action by walking 500 miles across the UK. Christina Chatfield, owner of Dental Health Spa Brighton, finished her ‘500 Miles 4 Smiles’ walk on 19 June in Brighton, marking the end of an extraordinary month. The walk started at Christina’s Read More
  • GDCdefends that’ advert

    The General Dental Council (GDC) has defended placing an advertisement in the Daily Telegraph saying that it was part of a publicity campaign to promote the Dental Complaints Service. It claims that 27% of patients do not know where to complain about poor treatment. It also said the cost was £5,500 Read More
  • Denplanintroduce new Health and Wellbeing Survey

    Denplan’s newly renamed ‘Denplan Health and Wellbeing Survey 2014’ has evolved this year to reflect that fact that dental plans are rising in popularity as employee benefits. In fact, they are viewed by employees as the most important benefit in demonstrating their employer’s support for their wellbeing.  Read More
  • Toothdecay by far the biggest reason for hospital admission

    Data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that the number of admissions for dental problems among 5 to 9-year-olds rose from 22,574 in 2010-11 to 25,812 in 2013-14. Kathryn Harley, a consultant in paediatric dentistry, told the Sunday Times: “We have children who require all 20 Read More
  • DentalProtection signposts route for ARF protest

    Although sharing the concerns of those alarmed by the size of the increase, Dental Protection is warning dental professionals to tread carefully when making public their reaction and also to think before considering withholding their ARF as both actions would threaten their registration and ability to practise lawfully.  Kevin Lewis, Read More
  • BDAchallenges GDC to justify its inflammatory advertisement

    Chair of BDA Principal Executive Committee Mick Armstrong has asked GDC Chair Bill Moyes to justify why a cash-strapped GDC paid for an irresponsible, inflammatory advert that appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Commenting, Dr Armstrong described the provocative advert was ‘yet another slap in the face for UK dentists’.  He Read More
  • Dentists’fury at GDC advert

    Dentists posting on GDPUK have reacted furiously to and advertisement inserted  by  the General Dental Council (GDC) into the Daily Telegraph on July 5. It was directed at private patients and urged them to complain if they were ‘not completely happy’ with their treatment. Read More
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The GDPUK Blog

  • Avoiding THE Question

    Having just read the response from the GDC to the BDA’s questions about the Telegraph advert, it would appear that there is a distinct tone of avoiding answering the legitimate questions posed. Coming from the Chair of the GDC, with his background at the Office of FAIR Trading, this again seems ...

    by Simon Thackeray
    Wednesday, 23 July 2014
  • Obtaining Patient Consent

    Obtaining Patient Consent


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Tuesday, 22 July 2014
  • Improving the Dentist-Patient relationship the Loving way

    The Loving Way


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Sunday, 13 July 2014
  • Cometh the hour, cometh the dental man?

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man?That phrase may be a cliche but where does the profession go from here? We have seen careful reaction in the form of a press release from GDC defending themselves against criticism, showing they are not totally thick skinned.There has been action on all the UK dental ...

    by Tony Jacobs
    Tuesday, 08 July 2014
  • A Big Thank You

    Grateful thanksLike many I am grateful for the services of the GDC. I pay the ARF secure in the knowledge that my patients are safe and the money well spent.Presently though I feel I have more to thank them for than usual.  I hope my readers understand irony ... Professional disunity?Just ...

    by Enamel Prism
    Monday, 07 July 2014
  • Dental angst pours out on social media

    Social Media outpouring from UK dentists, against GDC ARF rise, July 2014. Since news emerged at the very end of June that the General Dental Council [GDC]  was planning to raise its annual retention fee [ARF] from £576 to £945 per year for all dentists in the United Kingdom.  This co ...

    by Tony Jacobs
    Wednesday, 02 July 2014
  • Widespread abuse

      What is about the field of dentistry that there is a pervasive feeling of being a witness to abuse of a gargantuan scale?   GDC abused ...The GDC is ignored in the Queens Speech – and the massive costs they are incurring in the FtP processes will r ...

    by Enamel Prism
    Tuesday, 17 June 2014
  • Depression in Dentistry - The biggest step

    The biggest step I finished out that week pondering on my therapy session and the work stresses. My wife, ever the paragon of being right, shied away from the blunt “I told you so” but did make it clear that I should be taking it easier. I asked the PM to block out some time where cancellations had ...

    by Almodovar
    Thursday, 12 June 2014
  • Depression in Dentistry - Forgive him, he’s an idiot.

    Forgive him, he’s an idiot. Well, it’s been a wee bit longer a break than anticipated. I had intended to give you all a break from my depression over the Christmas period as, let’s face it, Christmas can be depressing enough on its own! I then felt that January wasn’t a particularly cheery month du ...

    by Almodovar
    Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • A Call to Action or The Last Post?

    Following similar campaigns for medicine and pharmacy, (no I hadn't noticed either), last week NHS England launched the dental call. It was trumpeted with documents with the admirable aim of improving dental care and oral health, but the large caveat is this must be done with a reducing budget and a ...

    by Eddie Crouch
    Thursday, 27 February 2014
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The dentistry I do and the way my practice runs has changed so much for the better in the last year and its thanks to GDPUK. I have learnt more from the contributors here in the last year than in than 10-20 years of courses/reading prior to joining.


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  • Sue Gregory OBE Joins Rodericks Limited

    Rodericks Limited is delighted to welcome Sue Gregory OBE into its highly experienced and talented team.Sue Gregory has extensive experience within the dental industry, having worked as the Deputy Chi ...

    Thursday, 24 July 2014
  • BDIA Launches devices initiative

    The BDIA is delighted to announce the launch of its Counterfeit and substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CsIDI), an industry wide activity to:-  Promote awareness of the dangers of poo ...

    Friday, 18 July 2014
  • Help protect the future of Britain’s Labs

    The Government’s Trailblazer initiative is set to improve and develop apprenticeships in 29 different industry sectors across Britain. Owner of Sparkle Dental Labs, Mustafa Mohammed, is leading the wa ...

    Thursday, 17 July 2014
  • A fantastic day for dentists and DCPs - ESAO

    On the 21st June in Birmingham the European Society of Aesthetic Orthodontics (ESAO) hosted a full-capacity orthodontic skills course. With parallel sessions running for dentists and DCPs; the sold-ou ...

    Wednesday, 16 July 2014
  • Inman Aligner Advanced Training – ‘10 out of 10!’

    Dr. Gordon Matthew from Neilston Road Dental Group recently attended the Inman Aligner advanced training course. ‘I have been providing the Inman Aligner for six years and attended one of the ori ...

    Wednesday, 16 July 2014
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    How To Promote Private Dentistry In Your Practice

    To Promote Private Dental Treatment You Have To Tell People What You Do!Neil SandersonJust how do you promote private dental treatment? Your private dental treatment may just be one of the best kept s ...

    Tuesday, 15 July 2014
  • Promtemp Crown from 3M ESPE – “It just makes perfect sense”

     Promtemp Crown from 3M ESPE – “It just makes perfect sense” Dr Anoup Nandra from Edgbaston Dental Care in Birmingham has been impressed with Protemp Crown temporary material from 3M ESPE fo ...

    Tuesday, 15 July 2014
  • Outstanding education for all at the BACD Annual Conference 2014

    The BACD will hold its 11th Annual Conference ‘Life LIKE Aesthetics’ on 6th – 8th November 2014 at the ACC Liverpool. As one of the highlights of the dental calendar, delegates can look forward to an ...

    Tuesday, 15 July 2014
  • Comprehensive Care Courses

    An international trainer, Dr Raj Ahlowalia is bringing his high level of expertise in functional and aesthetic dentistry to the UK. A highly regarded teacher in the US with the Pankey Institute, ...

    Monday, 14 July 2014
  • Protecting your pregnant patients

    Pregnant patients are extremely vulnerable, and practitioners must support them in maintaining a good oral care regime. Huge physical changes, irregular eating habits and fluctuating hormones all make ...

    Monday, 14 July 2014
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