CDO opens IDH office

Chief Dental Office, Barry Cockcroft, has opened IDH’s new offices in Kearsley, near Manchester. It precedes the opening of a purpose built IDH Training Academy in 2012. A new help desk means that IDH practices can simply call one number for help, advice or support from head office.

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More dental academics last year

There was a 4 per cent increase in the number of dental professors and lecturers during 2009-10, to a total of 390, and a 20 per cent increase in the number of clinical teachers to a total of 135. Prof Saunders, Chair of the Dental Schools Council, said the increase in the number was encouraging, but challenges in the current economic climate remained.

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Nicholson points way to future

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson has published details of the reformed commissioning system and the emerging national board. The purpose of the new NHS Commissioning Board to use ‘the commissioning budget of around £80bn a year to secure the best possible health outcomes for patients and communities.’ The Board will also directly commission NHS dentistry.

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Heart Your Smile launched at Showcase

A new dental campaign:‘Heart Your Smile’, was recently started in the UK. The campaign aims to improve confidence of dentists in the UK dental profession, and it took place at Showcase in Birmingham. Launching it, dentist James Goolnik, spoke about measures for improving the dental profession.

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BDA calls for decontamination review timetable to be set

The British Dental Association (BDA) has written to Department of Health to press for the announcement of a timetable for the review of HTM 01-05 promised by the Chief Dental Officer in 2009. The BDA’s call coincides with the publication of new research on time-dependent recontamination rates of sterilised dental instruments in the 22 October issue of the British Dental Journal.

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Remember your retention fee says GDC

The General Dental Council (GDC) is reminding all dentists not to miss the 31 December deadline to pay their annual retention fee (ARF) and remain on the register.It is important to remember that if dentists don’t pay, they will be putting their registration at risk. The GDC will not be able to accept any payments received after midnight on 31 December 2011.

 

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Associates’ pension rights in danger

The British Dental Association (BDA) has issued advice to associates following its meeting with the Department of Health. The changes, coming into effect on 7 November, concern practices that were acquired via the partnership route. Associates working for corporates are advised by the BDA to discuss their situation with their central HR department as a matter of urgency.

 

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