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  1. News Article
    Some NHS dental patients have been asked to pay for private care "if they want any treatment", according to a watchdog. Others are facing waits of up to two years for an NHS appointment, Healthwatch England has warned. One patient was in so much pain he decided to extract his own teeth, said its chairman Sir Robert Francis QC. The NHS said over 650 urgent dental hubs have been set up so patients can access a dentist. Hundreds of people contacted Healthwatch England between October and December last year complaining about dentistry issues. A briefing document from the watchd
  2. News Article
    Patients needing complex dental work might have to wait longer under new NHS targets, dentists warn. The British Dental Association (BDA) fears NHS England will impose penalties on practices that fail to reach 45% of their normal activity level, after negotiations broke down. And practices may have to prioritise routine check-ups over more time-consuming treatments. An NHS official said: "The NHS and the government are working to determine a safe and reasonable contractual arrangement with dentists, which recognises the constraints on practices and the need to maximise access fo
  3. News Article
    Dentists are warning of a looming dental and mouth cancer crisis after months of delays and patients being unable to get check-ups and repair work. It comes as surgeries begin to reopen more widely but dentists are still facing significant restrictions on how they can operate, with rooms having to be vacated for an hour after any treatment is done using a drill. For Maezama Malik, who is the principal dentist of her surgery in Croydon, south London, this has caused a big backlog of patients. She said the biggest worry is that a patient might have "something minor that could prog
  4. Content Article
    Follow the link below to watch a short video on how you can access dental care, treatment and advice as dental practices begin to reopen.
  5. News Article
    Dental practices in England have been told they can reopen from Monday 8 June, if they put in place appropriate safety measures. All routine dental care in England has been suspended since 25 March. The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed the announcement but says key questions remain. Currently, any patient with an emergency dental problem is supposed to be referred to an Urgent Dental Care (UDC) hub for treatment. In a letter to all practices, NHS England's chief dental officer, Sara Hurley, said: "Today, we are asking that all dental practices commence opening from
  6. News Article
    The British Dental Association (BDA) has criticised NHS England for “dragging its feet” in setting up an urgent care system for dental patients, putting further strain on already overstretched GPs. At the end of March, dental practices were ordered to suspend all routine treatment, as part of plans to prevent the spread of coronavirus. NHS regions were instructed to set up local urgent dental care centres. However, GPs have told HSJ they have been experiencing a rise in calls from patients with dental problems, but when they direct them to the urgent care centres, appointments appear
  7. News Article
    Millions of patients face being left without a dentist as one in five practices are on the brink of collapse this month. A sharp loss of income since the government banned all routine dental care during the coronavirus crisis has crippled practices, with many poised to close permanently. Some have already been forced out of business. A British Dental Association (BDA) survey of 2,800 practices found 71.5% said they could stay “financially sustainable” for only three months at the most. More than one in five, 20.4%, said they would not survive beyond April. Mick Armstrong, who chairs
  8. News Article
    Reports of illegal teeth-whitening that could leave patients at risk of health problems including burns or lost teeth have increased, the BBC has found. General Dental Council (GDC) figures showed a 26% rise in reports last year. Teeth-whitening can only be performed legally in the UK by professionals registered with the GDC. One beauty school claimed to have provided "thousands" of candidates with illegitimate qualifications, an undercover investigation found. Failure to comply with the requirement to be registered can result in a criminal record and an unlimited fine. Untraine
  9. Content Article
    The survey measures: workload communication teamwork safety systems learning leadership. The SCS for dental practice teams opened on Thursday 1 August 2019 and will close on Tuesday 31st March 2020.
  10. Content Article
    Wrong tooth extraction has been clearly designated as a 'never event' since April 2015. However, in 2016/17, wrong tooth extraction topped the charts as being the most frequently occurring never event based on NHS England’s data. What can we do to mitigate these incidents? Based on both practical experience and research evidence, BAOS advises that the main methods for mitigation of errors are: learning from mistakes – including investigation and root cause analysis engaging the clinical team when developing 'correct site surgery' policies utilising the LocSSIPs temp
  11. Content Article
    The study achieved its aim of beginning a consensus building process to develop and validate a preliminary list of candidate never events for primary care dentistry. Consensus was achieved on a list of nine candidate never events covering a range of potentially serious system wide issues, most of which relate to patient safety checking procedures. At the time of publication, this was one of a small number of dental studies with an explicit focus in terms of developing a tool to help improve patient safety related work practices and performance in this setting, potentially reducing risks t
  12. Content Article
    The six core principles are (to the GDC): All of your feedback is important to us. We want to make it easy for you to raise a concern or complain, if you need to. We follow a complaints procedure and keep you informed. We will try to answer all your questions and any concerns you raise. We want you to have a positive experience of making a complaint. Your feedback helps us to improve our service.
  13. Content Article
    Key points of the paper: Suggests national safety standards for invasive procedures (NatSSIPs) should be read and acted on by all invasive procedure teams, including dentists. Highlights that involvement of all staff in development of a local safety standard for invasive procedures is important to ensure a policy that is successful in improving patient safety in your workplace. Suggests the whole dental team should take responsibility for continually improving patient safety.
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