NHS England’s Guides for Commissioning Dental Specialities relate to the commissioning of NHS dental care in England. Designed primarily for NHS England commissioners; the Guides are intended to address the need for greater national level standardisation in NHS England’s commissioning of dental care as well as providing clarity and consistency around the dental services the NHS provides.
A Dental Protection survey of 497 members found that 97% experience challenging interactions with patients – half of those encountering it monthly and one in three on a weekly basis. Fifty-six per cent of respondents had experienced aggressive demands for treatment, 48% had received verbal abuse, and a further 39% experienced violent or aggressive behaviour.
The UK Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors (COPDEND) has confirmed that that every eligible UK graduate has secured a dental foundation training (DFT) place for the second year running. The BDA’s Judith Husband described the result as ‘great news’. She said: “We were determined that last year would not be remembered as a one-off”.
A study led by Dr Bing Hu at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and involving other researchers from China and Switzerland, suggests for the first time that the use of local anaesthetic may affect tooth cell growth and the development of children’s teeth. Dr Bing Hu said: “Our study has shown for the first time the evidence that local anaesthetic may affect the development of children’s teeth in cellular and molecular levels.”
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.
There is no prize draw, and all data is anonymous.
Dentists, please complete the survey from this link.