Dental news you’ve missed this week

Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…

Dentistry kicks off ‘Back to Practice’ campaign


This week Dentistry launched its ‘Back to Practice’ campaign, with the aim of keeping the profession updated with any stories, news or guidance helping dentistry get back up and running. With some of the stories in today’s weekly round-up, the Back to Practice campaign has never been more apt.

‘Vital’ dentists are allowed to return to work, says MP

An MP is calling on the government to set out 'return to work' details for dentistry following fears that patients are struggling to access care

On Monday Esther McVey said it was ‘vital’ dentists are allowed to open practices. She urged the government to put together a timetable for the appropriate plan of future care.

‘Fighting for survival’: calls for government action to save private dentistry

Hygienist Christina Chatfield is fighting for the survival of her business as she calls on the government to extend financial support to private practices

Following this, Christina Chatfield also called for government action to save private dentistry, highlighting how some practices are ‘fighting for survival’ at the moment.

Setting up a private urgent dental care hub during the COVID-19 pandemic

Other practices have taken matters into their own hands. Kris Leeson and Robert Lewis detail how they set up England’s first private urgent dental care centre.

Scotland’s CDO reveals ‘return to work’ plans for dental practices

The first CDO to react has been Tom Ferris in Scotland. He has unveiled the steps Scotland is following to get the dental profession back to practice.

The cost of reopening dental practices after COVID-19

The cost of going back to dental practice after COVID-19

We therefore decided to take a look at the potential financial cost of reopening dental practices with all the extra PPE that is needed.

CDO responds to BAPD’s vote of no confidence

The British Association of Private Dentistry (BAPD) have tabled a vote of no confidence against the Office of the Chief Dental Officer (OCDO)

The BAPD tabled a vote of no confidence against the Office of the Chief Dental Officer earlier this week. Sara Hurley, CDO for England, has reacted to this telling Dentistry Online that since its inception, the BAPD has not spoken with the Office of Chief Dental Officer for England.

GDC will not make changes to ARF payments

The General Dental Council (GDC) will not make changes to ARF payments in response to COVID-19, it has confirmed

Whilst many companies around the world are pausing payments and direct debits for customers in the wake of COVID-19, the GDC has decided to take a slightly different path. Despite dental practices unable to open their doors for the last couple of months, the GDC is not amending or waiving its annual retention fee.

Law firm launches legal challenge against CQC on behalf of private dentists

Laura Pearce is a solicitor at JFH Law, which has launched a legal challenge against the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

JFH Law meanwhile, on the back of offering indemnity to private practices in Scotland who wish to reopen, has decided to launch a legal challenge against the CQC for prohibiting private dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Running a local dental committee during COVID-19

We thought it would be good to hear stories from the other side. So Andrew and Melissa Taylor told us about their experience running a local dental committee during the coronavirus pandemic.

Clinical Skills Day launches getting dental teams ready for reopening

FMC launches the first Clinical Skills Day

Following the huge success of previous digital events, FMC is launching the very first Clinical Skills Day on Friday 12 June. Completely free to attend, this day will give you hours of ECPD and a chance to hear from leading speakers around the profession covering clinical and business topics. Make sure you sign up for free today.

Latest webinars

Make sure you take a look at the latest webinars happening over on Dentistry Study Club. Next week we have:

Cashflow has never been more important.

Rangewell are’s official access to finance partner throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Rangewell’s free service and direct access to the high street banks as well as specialist lenders means they can help with every type of business finance. Click here or call 020 3936 8877 for more information.

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