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Time for some good news… Michael Sultan

Michael Sultan - Endocare

It is well documented and often discussed that the professional climate we work in at the moment is an unhappy one, and there is a lot of uncertainty and disharmony with the regulators and governing bodies.

Indeed a recent news report that suggested doctors and dentists should ‘snoop’ on colleagues to ensure they are not prescribing too many antibiotics made me question the amount of negative press the healthcare professions receive.[i] We have all heard about the dangers and concerns around the over-prescription of antibiotics and the inevitable antibiotic resistance crisis, and certainly action is required to counteract the rise in the unnecessary prescription of these medicines.

However, this report appeared to be yet another negative piece designed to make doctors and dentists worry about every move they make. Rather than galvanising the profession into action, the effect that this will have will be to encourage the opposite. Doctors and dentists soon won’t feel able to do anything at all because they’ll all be too frightened to do something wrong.

It’s interesting to note that there is so much negative press in the news towards doctors and dentists, and yet at the same time, a recent report from the NHS, a Summary of the Dental Results from the GP Patient Survey: July to September 2014, showed that the majority of NHS dental patients rate their care as positive.[ii] Indeed we hear more about the failures and mistakes and horror stories form the profession than the good news stories – of which I am sure there are many. To a certain extent this is to be expected, it’s how the national media works, but who is there standing up for us? Shouting about the amazing things UK doctors and dentist do on a daily basis? Yes there can be issues in dentistry around pricing and communication, as highlighted by the Which? report, but anything positive seems to get swept under the carpet.

Of course the GDC’s job is to regulate us, not to promote the profession. So who is out there actively advocating the good things about dentistry? Who is supporting better oral health and the excellent, tireless, often thankless work doctors and dentists do?

The national media is all too quick to vilify and denigrate the healthcare professions, when what we really need is a series of good new stories. Perhaps we should all stop and consider something amazing a colleague has accomplished lately; or an instance where someone has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Share this story with your peers and friends and maybe we can all start to spread a little good news.

For further information please call EndoCare on 020 7224 0999

Or visit www.endocare.co.uk

Dr Michael Sultan BDS MSc DFO FICD is a Specialist in Endodontics and the Clinical Director of EndoCare. Michael qualified at Bristol University in 1986. He worked as a general dental practitioner for 5 years before commencing specialist studies at Guy’s hospital, London. He completed his MSc in Endodontics in 1993 and worked as an in-house Endodontist in various practices before setting up in Harley St, London in 2000. He was admitted onto the specialist register in Endodontics in 1999 and has lectured extensively to postgraduate dental groups as well as lecturing on Endodontic courses at Eastman CPD, University of London. He has been involved with numerous dental groups and has been chairman of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity. In 2008 he became clinical director of EndoCare, a group of specialist practices.

 

 

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Facebook Advertising For Your Practice

Facebook Advertising For Your Practice

Facebook Advertising

Neil Sanderson

I’m sure when you think of Facebook Advertising you probably think of having to post all the time and interact with your friends or the people who have liked your Facebook page, which by and large it is, but there is another way to manage Facebook Advertising.

As I mentioned in a recent blog, Facebook recently became a publicly listed company, which means that is now has to answer to its share holders, and they are interested in just two things (a) increasing their share value and/or (b) getting a regular dividend.

In order to satisfy this requirement, Facebook has suddenly become very business minded and they now offer a wide range of advertising opportunities for the likes of you and I and Facebook Advertising has become a very good and relatively cheap way to get your message out there.

To advertise on Facebook you have to have a Facebook page and of course be the administrator of it, but you don’t have to post regularly on it, the advert will do the job for you. Facebook Advertising works very similarly to Google PPC (per per click). This means that whenever someone clicks on your advert and is taken either to your website or to your Facebook page you are charged a fee.

Compared to Google this fee is very reasonable (usually about a quarter of the price), however it has to be said, it will never be as targeted as Google is simply because there is nothing that is as targeted as Google Adwords.

However if you are trying to reach a particular group of people with a particular profile, Facebook advertising (PPC) is very, very good.

With Facebook advertising you can not only decide which area you want to aim at e.g. your postcode but you can also target whether the person who sees your advert is female or male, what age group they are, what is their marital status (even if they are engaged). You can specify particular interests they may have.

So for instance you could run an advert that will only be shown to someone who is female, who is between 25 and 35, who is engaged, who likes dogs, who likes going on holiday etc. etc.

There are no other platforms that will  let you get down to this level of detail for display advertising (Google is search advertising). You can set up a Facebook Advertising campaign for just a couple of pounds per day and so long as you get your targeting correct it will almost certainly pay for its self.

Facebook advertising is also the quickest way to get people to like your Facebook page and the best part is that you will only be getting likes from the people you are directly targeting, as opposed to buying likes from disreputable sources (don’t touch them).

The best thing about Facebook advertising is that you can send traffic from Social Media to your website with is where you ideally want people to go.

If you need help and advice with Facebook advertising, call me on 01767 626 398 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit my website www.dentalmarketingexpert.co.uk

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Dentist to take on 18 month 18 Event Charity Challenge

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A 36-year old Dentist from Cirencester is taking on a marathon fundraising challenge to raise much-needed funds for Breast Cancer Care and support people affected by breast cancer.

His goal? To raise £18,000 by competing in 18 challenging sporting events over 18 months (with a target of raising £1000 per event).

When asked what is driving Dr Ross Cutts of Cirencester Dental Practice, to take on such a herculean challenge he said:

Breast cancer is a scourge of the modern day with many families tragically affected by it. My family and friends seems to have been surrounded by it of late - some with tragic consequences. I have spent all of my working life talking to patients and have often listened to stories of inspiration that humbled me, but I have never felt compelled to act upon it. Until now!”

With his first two challenges - the 60 mile Blenheim Cycle Ribbonride and a 100k Nightrider Cycle - already under his belt he is now setting his sights on the next two - the British 10k London Run in July and the Cotswold Triathlon in September.

Ross is also one of the thirty bike riders taking part in the Straumann Charity Bike Ride 2013 taking place on 19th-24th September 2013, starting at the Straumann headquarters in Basel, Switzerland and finishing at the Head Office of Straumann UK in Crawley, West Sussex - a mere 600 miles in six days! 

For more information or to give a donation visit

http://www.justgiving.com/teams/DrRossCuttsCharityChallenge

You can also follow Ross’ blog on http://drrosscutts.blogspot.co.uk/

The Straumann Charity Bike Ride is also aiming to raise £30,000 for Bridge2Aid and CLAPA. Donations can be made online via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiserweb/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Straumann&isTeam=true

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Genix Healthcare welcomes new members to its Management Team

 

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Genix Healthcare welcomes new members to its Management Team

 

Genix Healthcare is pleased to announce new additions to its prestigious Management Team:

 

Peter Hodgkinson joins as Clinical Advisor. Hailing from Cornwall, Peter is Dental Adviser to the Care Quality Comission and is Vice-Chairman of the General Dental Practice Committee of the BDA. He has been a spokesperson for the BDA for 15 years.

Keith Hayes, a successful dentist from Kent with an interest in providing preventive and minimally invasive dentistry for anxious patients. He has taught at the Royal London Hospital and is a regular contributor to the dental press, he joins Genix as Clinical Director.

Adam Cocks has joined Genix as Operations Director, having spent ten years in a number of senior management positions within dentistry.

With experience implementing and delivering successful change and training programs across industry and healthcare, Chris Andrews will be heading up Genix’s Education and Training Academy.

With vast experience as a multi-site practice manager, James Harty joins as Integration Manager.

  Laura Coleman is well versed in the standard operating procedures of multi-site practices and joins Genix as National Contracts Manager.

They will join Genix Healthcare’s current Management Team: Ian Warner, Zumarad Ajab and Craig Williams.

 

For additional information please call 0845 838 1122, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.genixhealthcare.com

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Countdown to charity bike ride

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With only three months to go, the countdown to the Straumann Charity Bike Ride 2013 is well and truly underway, as a group of 30 prepare to cycle 600 miles in six days to raise funds for The Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) and Bridge2Aid.

Although different in their causes, both charities work tirelessly to provide help and support to those in need. CLAPA provides support for all those with and affected by cleft lip and palate. It also runs confidence-building camps for children and distributes bottles and teats for babies born with the condition. Bridge2Aid delivers dental care, education and training programmes in Tanzania, and run a community development programme for those living on the streets of Mwanza.

Explaining why Straumann chose these two charities, Managing Director, Stephen Booth, said, “In the UK, approximately 1,000 babies a year are born with cleft lip and palate so it’s important to help CLAPA continue to provide services for all those with and affected by this condition.

“Likewise, Bridge2Aid provides primary dental care and education to millions of people in the developing world, plus lots more. Both CLAPA and Bridge2Aid are completely independent and rely on charitable donations, and Straumann are delighted to be able to play a part in helping them continue the excellent work they do.”

Straumann are ultimately aiming to raise over £30,000 for Bridge2Aid and CLAPA. Donations can be made online via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Straumann&isTeam=true

The Straumann Charity Bike Ride 2013 takes place on 19th-24th September 2013, starting at the Straumann headquarters in Basel, Switzerland and finishing at the Head Office of Straumann UK in Crawley, West Sussex. If you would like to take part, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details on how to register. Please note places are limited.

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The Dental Directory receives top distinction from Investors in People

 

 

The Dental Directory is proud to announce that it has been awarded Gold status from Investors in People. This honour is testament to the many years that The Dental Directory has spent closely monitoring and aiding the professional development of its employees.

The company was assessed by speaking directly with its employees; all interviews are conducted anonymously, giving staff the chance to say exactly what they think about working for The Dental Directory. Investors in People was overwhelmed with the number of positive things that employees had to say:

“The culture here comes from the top down. Quite how he does it, I don’t know but the Managing Director seems to know everyone and certainly seems to genuinely care for the staff here. He is very sincere.”

On receiving Gold status The Dental Directory’s HR Manager Nigel Whiting said:

“The Dental Directory has always been a company that has been very focused on taking care of its employees and making sure that they feel valued. In return they do a fantastic job for us. That is why we continue to be successful and one of the biggest wholesale distributors in the country.”

 

For more information, contact The Dental Directory on

0800 585 586, or visit www.dental-directory.co.uk.

 

 

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Maintaining Standards in Infection Control

 

As a dental professional, you will be more aware than most that bacteria, viruses and fungi are everywhere – in the air, on surfaces and in our food. They are an unavoidable part of life, and while most, thankfully, are harmless, some have the potential to be extremely dangerous.[1]

 

Every winter the news seems to be full of recent outbreaks of diseases caused by these organisms, such as MRSA often associated with the healthcare industry. Indeed, in January this year, a huge spike in illnesses caused by the Norovirus was reported in the UK.[2]  However, the number of reported cases of both MRSA and E-coli do still seem to be falling, with figures showing significant reductions in recent years.[3]

 

While most people overcome simple infections without too much of a problem, those with a compromised immune system, caused by either chronic illness or certain medications, young children and the elderly are all at a much greater risk. A more serious infection in a vulnerable person could become fatal.

 

This is of course, a high priority within the dental profession, with infection control and prevention procedures required as a mandatory element for all practices. Any surface, instrument or device that comes into direct contact with an infected patient or practitioner has the potential to harbour pathogens and help spread them around the practice. While the greatest risk of contamination is associated with the use of improperly sterilized instruments and equipment, other areas present a very real threat.

 

From the reception area to the surgery rooms, dozens of people will circulate around the average practice every day, introducing a variety of different bacteria each time, which can infect everything from chairs, to light switches, door handles and children’s toys. As a result, your practice team must put emphasis on ensuring these infections are destroyed effectively, and measures are put in place to prevent the future colonisation of such pathogens.

 

Not only do these protocols keep visiting patients and your staff safe from infection, they are also necessary to ensure dental practices meet the governing regulations. As you know, HTM 01-05 and CQC outline the minimum standards every healthcare provider in the UK must meet in order to maintain registration and continuing offering services to the public. These regulations must be interpreted and applied to dentistry, and you must be able to demonstrate your practice’s compliance through detailed written records.

 

Such protocols of course include procedures followed at the beginning and end of every day, as well as between patients, in an attempt to remove pathogens from the environment and reduce the risk of transmitting infections between patients and from patient to professional and vice versa. Instruments must be sterilised effectively by suitable methods, hands should be disinfected and the surfaces of all equipment should be decontaminated regularly and efficiently. It is important to remind your entire dental team that this is not an area that allows for complacency.

 

In order to clean and disinfect everything from worktops to the dental chair to the reception desk, it is essential that your team have the appropriate tools. The best infection control products now available are highly effective against many of the known viral and bacterial infections, when used as instructed. They can protect patients and staff alike from a wide range of infections and illnesses including MRSA, TB, enveloped viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis B, rotaviruses, and papovaviruses.

 

These products are effective in low concentrations and are available in liquids or wipes to decontaminate surfaces, and depending on the alcohol content, can be used on a variety of materials such as ceramic, glass, acrylic and laminates.

 

One provider of such infection control products is schülke, an internationally renowned company with over 120 years of hygiene experience. The extensive product range is compliant with HTM 01-05 regulations and chlorhexidine-free, and includes both alcohol-based and alcohol-free products to suit all surface materials. Products are manufactured with advanced, safe and environmentally friendly production processes.

 

In addition, schülke also provides specialist training in infection prevention, to ensure every member of your practice team has the knowledge and skills to contribute towards the on-going decontamination process. You can even make savings through repeat purchases with schülke’s Plus Rewards Scheme, which also enables you to utilise the help of a local consultant who can provide tailored advice and guidance on the local regulations for infection control.

 

Microorganisms are a natural part of our environment and we cannot escape them. It is, therefore, essential that your dental practice ensures that pathogens are limited and controlled to ensure both patients and staff are safeguarded. By employing the help of clinically proven products, you and your team can make a huge difference to your patients’ health.

 

For more information, please call 0114 254 3500 or visit www.schulke.co.uk.
For information on schülke’s new Plus Rewards Scheme please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0114 254



[1] Macnair, T. (2010) ‘Infections’, BBC Health, available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/physical_health/conditions/infections1.shtml

[2] Satran, J. (2013) ‘Norovirus Infections Spike In UK, Canada This Winter’ The Huffington Post, 7 January, available at:

http://twitter.com/joe_satranhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/norovirus-infections-uk-canada_n_2426226.html

[3] ‘Health Protection Report’, Health Protection Agency, 19 October 2012: available at http://www.hpa.org.uk/hpr/infections/hcai.htm

 

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Book today! 2013 Annenberg Lecture Day

On Friday 28th June 2013 at the RAF Museum, Colindale, London.

 

Alpha Omega’s London Chapter are delighted that the keynote speaker at this year’s Annenberg lecture is none other than Dr Didier Dietschi – one of the worlds key opinion leaders in aesthetic restorative dentistry.

 

Dr Didier Dietschi’s “New developments and applications in Adhesive Dentistry” promises to provide a true educational insight for delegates, passing on hints and tips to enhance the quality and aesthetics of your dentistry.

 

This is a unique opportunity not to be missed. To ensure your place register today at www.alphaomegauk.co.uk

 

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Thinking Outside the box

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Choices? Out of stock, Sir

 

Dentists told to 'go compare'

Welcome back from the long weekend. Sunshine does starnge things to people and so this little gem could well be evidence of sun spot activity on Government activity!

The DH stated in early May that  NHS Choices will shortly write to all dentists offering them the opportunity to manage their pages on the NHS Choices website

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The ABC of Resuscitation

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Direct Access: An issue to unite dentists?

The present Chair of the General Dental Council, someone I have a great deal of time for, Prof Kevin O'Brien stresses the concept again and again, that the role of the GDC is "protecting the public". Dentists understand this, but for so many years the GDC regulated the profession in a different way, in what was a different world. But I personally, along with so many professional colleagues, cannot see how Direct Access will make things safer for the public. Risks must be higher, and there will be people who effectively have to be examined by dental hygienists and dental therapists, within their scope of practice, and inevitably they will carry out examinations, and will effectively become dentists.

What about the career pathway and the investment young people must now make to become a dentist? £9,000 a year for five years in tuition fees alone. We anticipate in five years from now, some colleagues will qualify with debts of £70,000. Will demand for dental school admission hold up when sixth formers and their parents do the maths?

What will the role be for dentists in the UK when successive governments have fully taken out their revenge on the dental profession for having the temerity to think and act independently? Politicians and the media all fail to recall a simple fact - the existence of any general dental service in the UK is provided by the investment of the profession, often based on the security of their homes, dentists are almost all independent practitioners, and some decide to enter into contracts to provide NHS dental services. These simple facts, dental practices are small businesses in which efficiencies are high, and nimble brained practice owners make rapid decisions on what is best for their financial well being, both in the very short term, as well as the longer term over-view. Unfortunately, when analysed, the decision on DA must be based on the revenge for independence created by the system which dentists inhabit.

The GDC sought advice from the profession in general in a wide operation. The BDA [representing 18,000 dentists] made their input, which was against DA. Both the content and the weight of this advice were discarded by the GDC in their deliberations.

Interestingly, there are not many issues which unite the UK dental profession. In this case, and in my opinion, there is strong feeling amongst the grass roots, this is now a cause
which could be used by the BDA to really pull together disparate parts of the profession.

Ref:
https://www.gdpuk.com/news/latest-news/1254-direct-access-decision-misguided-says-bda
http://community.bda.org/forums/p/5406/9295.aspx#9295

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The cycle of reprocessing life … whither Paragraph 2.4 [l]

Well another week, another major document to chew up...

 

A mere 98 pages for this one -a mere 4 years in the making and of course I could be referring to the Hobbit . But that is no way to refer to the esteemed CDO [of the DH, or NHS England, or the deputy underling CDOs- you choose which job is being shared in the new logo-free Department of Health].  And no, I am not referring to 50 Shades of Porcelain. 

Calm yourselves , but its true. HTM 01-05 [2013 edition]  has or is about to thud its way into your inbox.  And a riveting piece of contraceptive literature it is.

Of course instead of highlighting the differences between the documents, in a formal, living document method, the whole text has to read alongside the 2009 edition to see where the changes are… so you need both copies on the desk.  What, you mean you can’t find the other? Shame on you, you bug ridden cesspit of casuality, you!

Let me skip you to the good news.  Paragraph 2.4k – leave them in the bags for a year now – shhh… you are not supposed to say that ….

Even stranger though: the continuing mystery of what should have been in 2.4l [for Lima] which never made the final 2009 cut is also kept out of the 2013 version. So invisible redaction is alive and well.. Oh well. In this case you could make it up.

Lots of bigger brains than my little apology have cast their eyes over this and its preceding ‘advice’ only to find it a glorified version of Civil Service speak for ‘our opinion is worth more than yours’. As we remind ourselves of the numerous infection related deaths, epidemics and microbial population flares that have arisen over the years  from day to day dentistry, what exactly is the purpose of HTM 01-05 in dentistry?

One assumes that this stuff is taught to the point of theatrical performance at Dental Schools. The implication is that much of the EU now adopts such thinking. If all of that is true why do the Department of Health feel the need to allocate so many resources of manpower to such a tome?  The first evidence they should present is the stuff to prove there was even a problem in the first place!

I love it when the preamble states

It is not the intention within this suite of documents to unnecessarily repeat international or European standards, industry standards or UK Government legislation. Where appropriate, these will be referenced.

So we are to assume that while a 5 years degree confers an assumption of learning ability we are not be trusted with reference to the documents that are causal in the need for 98 pages of …[ you fill in the adjective of choice]. Stuff transparency – we know better and you do not need to know.  How very quaint, how deliciously old fashioned. How unfit for purpose the arrogance of the DH makes them.

Another quote caught my eye for all you entrepreneurs out there:

Where new practices are commissioned or new premises contemplated, it is advised that the full best practice provisions of this guidance be utilised wherever reasonably practicable.

So presumably your essential pre-opening CQC registration will take due note of this…

Don’t you just love this little ‘get-out-of-jail card?

References  - It should be noted that this list may not be totally inclusive at the time of reading. Advice should be sought on the currency of these references and the need to include new or revised documents.

Now I am all in favour of good standards. Indeed in a funny sort of way I can understand the need for consistent proper standards in such a basic area of patient safety, and like any proud profession we should be jumping at the chance to trumpet our safety standards to our patients. Ok, so maybe  we can argue about the science behind it all, but there is an irrefutable logic.  

If the only way to sterilise is to have a validated process , then the only way to wash and disinfect, given the huge variety of human skill and competency, is to use a….washer drierPatently it does not fix the problems of the world and self evidently they are pain in the neck in the cottage industry of compact, no-free-space practice.  But there is a logic to the need for some such technology if we genuinely believe in profession wide standards.  The clever bit would be to combine science and evidence with the technological, low cost outcome. But then again, when was the outcome of a Government Department ever to be regarded as clever?

So what happens if in 2015 another 10% of the profession - 1500 practices give or take - use the best practice espoused in HTM 01-05 [2013] to argue that they can longer, as independent businesses who must put the safety of their patients above any business need [cf GDC Guidance]  decide that compliance with the HTM protocols requires the practice to operate outside the NHS?

For sure it seems that it will be down to practice owners to fund any compliance – and it seems unlikely that there will be any Scottish methods of grant based funding from the English side of the border. Wales is an interesting area though – and we shall see how they handle the matter. Across the water is also a different climate of political process.

So maybe the true unspoken purpose of HTM 01-05 [2013] is to force upon dental business owners s who may be eeking to equip a practice such onerous costs that they may prove  unsustainable under the nnGDS, but perfectly manageable for for a future outside the NHS?

Many of us have been saying that for years. Maybe as we come out of recession another cycle of the private practice life will begin. 

Exciting times, eh Caruthers?  And what was paragraph 2.4 l-Lima?

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The Iron Lady went to the dentist

Mrs Thatcher went to her dentist. As she lay back she asked, “Now Dr Rill – may I call you David? How are  things going? Do not spare me – I am here to listen”.

 The dentist proceeded to let her have it in true Exocet style. 

“Mrs Thatcher, I run a micro business, it is my business and I get no subsidy from anyone.  I pay my taxes and employ my staff. I am the most efficient arm of delivery of Government policy. The banks lend me money which I pay back. The dental laboratories rely upon me for my dental work and their businesses in turn. The dental supply businesses rely upon my successful business and the investment I make in this new chair for example.

 So why are you lot attacking me and my colleagues from all angles?  It almost like politicians are jealous of all we do and all we achieve.

I have to pay £800 to the CQC to tick a load of boxes. We all know how efficient they are – they could not find a rabbit in a phone box, let alone a dud practice. They do not change anything about what I do in day to day practice.  What they do is create a heavy load shelf full of manuals.

We have to pay to be CRB checked before we even get to work [or whatever they call themselves today – barely worth the expensive anti fraud paper it is written on . And remind me – how many dentists have assaulted their patients?

Your Department of Health has produced the HTM documents , and in dentistry we have HTM 01-05 which others clutch at as being as though handed down from the Cross Infection God when in reality they are merely the assembled. Remind me … how many patients have dentists infected or killed?

Now we have a new NHS and no one knows how it works or who to write to for queries.   Meanwhile our UK graduates cannot get NHS Provider Numbers and are unemployed , God help us, without undertaking first year post graduate training [so called FD1] but our EU colleagues can by and large waltz in and start work unhindered by such detail.  This is madness, sheer madness.

There is a new NGS contract being piloted but the CDO  has gone off to NHS England to enable all the changes to the NHS – so there is a feeling of impending worse chaos down the line as once again those of us who are the most efficient contractors  the Government has are once again expected to squeeze an impossible litre out a 100ml bottle. The DH expect us to believe that all is hunky dory with selective statistics when you and I know that extracting children’s decayed teeth is the third commonest reason for admissions for Gas & wrecking hospital paediatric plans  It simply cannot go on Mrs T. The Big Lie of successful politics in dentistry is getting Bigger.

We have a GDC that seems to be seeking to grab practitioner by the nether regions and is chucking unlimited amounts of money at their cases, which seem to consist of one charge and 20 charges in the “and another thing” classification of i-dotting and t-crossing. Meanwhile any Tom dick or Harriet sets up a whitening parlour and simply snubs all and sundry with two very white fingers. And don’t get me started on Dental Nurse registration which is by any description nothing more than a tax on employment.

Now Mrs Thatcher, I do not need to remind you that we need each other, and in particular you need my skills with a local anaesthetic.

What we need is a proper recognition that dentistry is the original Privatised Industry – we lead the way and you lot are trying to stop us.

What do you say, Mrs T?”

 

As Mrs Thatcher fell asleep, she murmured “Leave it with me Dr Rill. I will see what I can do”

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Meritocracy at Department of Health?


The arrival of the modified HTM 01-05 document, yesterday [3rd April 2013] without a real fanfare, has been seem as some sort of victory across the UK dental world overnight.

But I see it differently, the original one, a "living document", was riddled with unscientific inaccuracies that were easily demonstrated by many commentators to be clearly erroneous. When challenged some years ago, it took the DH months and months to publish a list of references, many of which were not scientific. But English dental practitioners and their teams had to work with and work to the flawed concepts. Of course the germs in the other parts of the UK are different, they have different rules for decontamination in dental practices in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, as this area of Government policy seems to be based more on opinion than scientific facts.

Yet, some of the new provisions still do not catch up with published scientific evidence.

And the sharper colleagues have noticed that this publication coincides with the promotion of its author to be the new Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England at the Department of Health.

Yet again this seems to go against the results of the Francis report, thankfully no-one has died here, but flawed legal style documents influencing thousands of people with no attributable authorship lead to advancement of careers.

DoH = Meritocracy?


 

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Meritocracy and De-Professiona...

Dear All, I had this letter published in the BDJ in 2009 - over 3 years ago !!!!!!!!! http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v207/n11... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2013 11:11
Jim Page

Meritocracy and De-Professiona...

Tony The profession owe you a huge debt of gratitude for all your hard work and persistence in exposing the flaws in HTM 01-05. Y... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2013 18:52
Anthony Kilcoyne

Meritocracy and De-Professiona...

Thanks for your kind words Jim - hopefully the English DH mindset will change to one of synergy rather than conflict, in the publi... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2013 23:21
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BDA

A Fold for a Flock of Sheep or a Den for a Wolf Pack?........


Many of you will have noticed a worrying discussion occurring in GDP UK. The obvious stress and uncertainty of professional life at the various levels of practice in dentistry appears all too often to take an invisible toil.

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Anthony Kilcoyne

BDA and bold comments like NHS...

A very interesting article about the BDA. I suppose the main point from the diagram is that whilst all Members are placed at the ... Read More
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 09:01
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Range of opinion

The first in a series of blogs by this writer, covering all the wide range of topics which are current in UK dentistry.
Enamel Prism is a dentist in practice in the UK, involved in hands on work as well as education.



Any one who casts an eye around the virtual dental world will sense that the heat of practice is growing. A junior colleague on another site is struggling to understand how he interacts with his colleagues and whether a whistle needs to be blown. The argument for and against the benefits of CDT based denture treatments seems to have pricked a conscience or two. And now we have an interesting discussion emerging about the idea of private gaming.

It seems that whether you are trying to make the NHS work in day to day practice or are in patient-funded private practice, there is a wide range of opinion about any circumstance - clinical or administrative. Those of you of a confident age value that very opportunity to be 'individual'.

The beauty of the profession of dentistry is that it accommodates a wide range of characters with a wide range of opinion which by and large marry a wide body of patients in a mutually satisfactory manner. That range of opinion is the very essence of professional practice.

It has always been difficult for dentists to be consistent in their approaches and their activities. But suddenly it seems that the width of the zone of acceptable opinion may be narrowing. Are we witnessing a profession wide loss of tolerance?

Perhaps the unexpected outcome of a long recession , regulatory changes by the truck load, and an uncertain Government commitment, allied to the perverse certainty of uncertain but major change, is that we have all become a bit too twitchy - in planning our self-defence, maybe the trigger is a little too light. A word or warning to all, though: there is a fine line between a healthy difference of opinion and infighting. And we all suspect we know which way the Government would like things to develope, so that they can slide though their changes of choice.

Calm down dears, its good to differ. But let's remain allied in professional friendship and mutual respect.

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Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony will already be getting reviews in the press by now, generally very positive but it's also difficult to please all viewers I guess.
From my perspetive we got to see the preparations beforehand, on a vast scale, with the blue bowler hat light-bulb people numbering over a thousand alone.
The Athletes also have to be lined-up in the village then pass-over to the Olympic Park away from public access points. I was fortunate enough to be helping with this on the night, though it does mean missing the actual ceremony within the stadium, which starts before we have even got the athletes over there and ready. Again there was so many of them I even needed to hitch a ride in the police buggy to get from the end of the moving line to the beginning before they reached the Stadium!

Once there they entered through the audience, with much music, pomp and celebration and of course the obligatory firework display near midnight.
Awesome is a word used a lot for these London 2012 Olympic games - it's not difficult to appreciate why!

 

 

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