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  1. 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 progress in a few months" without them seeing a dentist. Read full story Source: Sky News, 18 July 2020
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Monday, 8 June for all face-to-face care, where practices assess that they have the necessary IPC and PPE requirements in place." The BDA said that while dentists would be relieved by the announcement, the ability of practices to reopen would depend on the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE). "It is right to allow practices to decide themselves when they are ready to open. Dentists will be keen to start providing care as soon as is safely possible, but we will need everyone to be patient as practices get up and running," said BDA chairman Mick Armstrong. Read full story Source: BBC News, 28 May 2020
  4. 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 to be limited. The BDA has said, in some regions, there is “nowhere” to send patients in need of urgent dental care. Sources working in primary care and tech said GPs were dealing with a spike in demand from dental patients who did not know where to go. Read full story Source: HSJ, 17 April 2020
  5. 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 the association, said: “Practices are weeks from a cliff edge. Without meaningful support, the nation’s dental services face decimation.” Read full story (paywalled) Source: The Times, 12 Aril 2020
  6. 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. Untrained beauticians using teeth-whitening kits have been known to cause tooth loss, burns and blisters. Dr Ben Atkins, president of the Oral Health Foundation, said: "When things go wrong in dentistry, they can really go wrong. I've been that dentist with the full back up service when the patient's had that heart attack. It would be catastrophic for the patient and the person who's been trained and told it's legal to do it." Read full story Source: BBC News, 10 February 2020
  7. 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 template and guidelines from NHS England/RCS England developing a correct site surgery checklist that is appropriate for your clinical environment providing training for staff on the use of the checklist ensuring that the checklist is being used correctly through active audits of the processes involved supporting the clinical team throughout the process and not taking punitive action when incidents do occur.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 to practitioners and practices alike.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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