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…

Dentists handed pay rise in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Hospital and community dentists will receive a 2.8% pay rise in recognition of their 'vital contribution' to the COVID-19 pandemic

This week the government announced a 2.8% pay rise for hospital and community dentists after their vital contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic. Great news! But is this going to filter down to high street NHS practices? If so, 2.8% won’t nearly cover PPE costs, the cost of fallow time and any other equipment practices install to stop the spread of the virus.

Calls for GDC leniency as 33% of dentists say regulatory fears affect mental wellbeing

One in three dentists report fears over regulatory investigation are affecting their mental wellbeing, sparking calls for leniency

Dental Protection is encouraging the GDC to take a more lenient approach to complaints about patient treatment during the pandemic. A third of dentists say regulatory fears are affecting their mental wellbeing. Surely this is the very least the regulator, which has refused to budge over payments during lockdown, can do.

Prepare for a second COVID-19 wave, experts warn

The UK needs to start preparing for a new wave of COVID-19 infections to hit this winter, a new report has warned

The Academy of Medical Sciences is urging us all to prepare for a second coronavirus peak.

Regulators, COVID-19 and ARF payments – why I’ve left dentistry

Kate Hoddinott discusses the reasons behind her decision to leave dentistry and why the last few months were the final straw

With a second peak, we might start seeing more stories like the one we heard this week from Kate Hoddinott, of caring dental professionals leaving the profession due to over regulation and red tape following lockdown.

How a bike accident almost ended my dental career

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If you have a spare 10 minutes this week I would urge you to read Dominic O’Hooley’s graphic and inspirational story about how a bike accident almost ended his dental career.

Online Dentistry Show: Amit Patel – Post COVID: how do we manage our periodontal patients with technology and old skool methods

Coming this September, the Online Dentistry Show is putting on the very first virtual exhibition in UK dentistry with support from platinum sponsors, Oral-B

This September sees the launch of the very first Online Dentistry Show. If you haven’t heard about it already, you certainly will over the coming weeks – the Online Dentistry Show is a completely free virtual exhibition and conference, hosting leading speakers and manufacturers from around the profession. This week we heard more from Amit Patel about his lecture: ‘Post COVID: how do we manage our periodontal patients with technology and old skool methods‘.

How can dentists utilise a hygiene therapists’ full scope of practice?

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And finally for those practices looking to grow their revenue post-lockdown, I suggest you have a quick read of Aneekha Dhaliwal’s article. She discusses how practices can utilise a hygiene therapists’ full scope of practice, freeing up time for dentists to focus on treatments that will help bring in further revenue for the practice.

Latest webinars

Make sure you take a look at the latest webinars happening over on Dentistry Study Club. Despite no live webinars scheduled next week, you can still access our complete back catalogue under the ‘On demand webinars’ tab for free.

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