GDPUK is proud to announce, in conjunction with Dentistry magazine, the launch of our 2015 Dental Fees Survey. The aim is to collect data from the profession around the UK, and to collate the data about private fees into a useful analysis, which will help colleagues in setting their fees.
The survey can be completed from this link.
BBC Northern Ireland has exposed the case of a man convicted of illegal teeth whitening who is still running a clinic in Belfast. Samuel Irvine-Madine was convicted in April of illegally impersonating a dental practitioner and carrying out teeth whitening and was fined £500. Despite this the BBC has discovered he has continued to treat hundreds of people since then at the HD Smile Clinic on the Shankill Road.
Evlynne Gilvarry, Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Dental Council, has outlined some key changes taking place at the GDC in the publication PoliticsHome, which is read by many MPs, civil servants and opinion formers. She concludes that they are aware of the challenges of the past and have actively confronted them. “Our performance is improving and the programme of change is already yielding significant results”.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (www.hscic.gov.uk) has published its survey into motivation and morale among dentists. About half of dentists have good motivation, but only a quarter have good morale. There are strong variations in the different countries of the UK, between principals and associates. Hours worked and extent of NHS practice are also indicators of motivation and morale.
Wesleyan, the specialist financial services provider, today announced the acquisition of DPAS, a major provider of practice-branded dental plans. This acquisition will strengthen Wesleyan’s position in the dental market, where it already provides a range of personal and commercial services to the dental profession. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.