A free poster promoting Dental Check by One is now available on the website of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD). Dental practices which support the initiative can download and print the A4 poster to display in their reception areas. http://bspd.co.uk/Resources/Dental-Check-by-One
The GDC has published its annual Patient and Public Survey. Patient satisfaction with UK dental care remains very high at 97% of patients who have visited their dentist in the last year. Perhaps even more encouragingly, the number who say they are ‘very satisfied’ has increased by 6% over the last five years to 67%.
Thousands of London children with oral pain are being taken by parents to pharmacies and non-dental health services, including A&E, instead of their dentist, and could be costing NHS England £2.3 million a year, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London.
Ian Mills has been elected as the next Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). He said: “It will be an enormous privilege to lead the UK’s only professional body dedicated to general dental practice through a crucial period in its history. I look forward to working with (colleagues) in delivering GDP-focused education, guidance and representation over the next three years.”
The GDC has opened a consultation, which runs until May 15, on a new way on setting their fees. The GDC stresses that this is a consultation about the mechanisms for setting fee levels rather than about the level of fees themselves. Details are how to respond can be found on the GDC website www.gdc-uk.org
The BDA has called on NHS England and the Welsh Government to invoke force majeure clauses in GDS contracts, as extreme weather conditions risk leaving thousands of dentists unable to hit UDA targets.