BOS Course for General Dental Practitioners – A Rough Guide to Orthodontics

The Education Committee of the British Orthodontic Society will  once again be running the successful course ‘A Rough Guide to Orthodontics’ for General Dental Practitioners on Monday 3 February 2020 at the BOS offices in London at 12, Bridewell Place, London, EC4V 6AP

The course is open to all but is especially suitable for recently qualified dentists and those new to working in the NHS. The aim of the course is to boost diagnostic and referral skills for the General Dental Practitioner. 

 The Education Committee of the BOS requests that we share these details with any referrers in our local area who may be interested in attending.  Booking is open on the BOS website:

https://www.bos.org.uk/News-and-Events/Events/Orthodontics-A-Rough-Guide

 

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OnDecember 11, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

Associate Position at Dental Practice at Swansea University Singleton Campus

An opportunity has arisen for a permanent associate dentist to join our family run, friendly mixed NHS/Private dental practice located on the grounds of Swansea University Singleton Campus.

The practice has 3 modern dental surgeries and we offer the services of a Hygienist. Our normal surgery hours are:

Monday to Thursday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Friday 8.30 am to 3.30 pm.

What we are looking for:

  • High standards of patient care.
  • Enthusiastic in work ethic and great in communication skills.
  • Clinicians who are able to work both on UDA’s as well as private.
  • Up to 3 days available to begin with possibility of full time in 2020.
  • Minimum of 1 years’ experience.
  • Knowledge of NHS dentistry and the UDA system.
  • GDC registered and NHS performer number.
  • Immediate start accepted.

What we can offer:

  • Excellent working facilities and support including a great team of colleagues.
  • Clinician support.
  • Well controlled diary.
  • Opportunity to do private work.
  • Fully computerised using EXACT SOE and Digital X-Rays including DPT machine on site.
  • Negotiable UDA target with good rates.
  • Part of the contract reform.
  • Staff locker room, kitchen and separate decontamination area.
  • 50% private fees and lab fees.
  • UDA value £11.50-12 depending on UDA commitment, days worked and experience. 

    Please contact Gayathri Kini through the contact form below or on 07868758219

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OnNovember 29, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

Information relating to the 2019 BGM of Morgannwg LDC and Elections to the LDC

The Biennial General Meeting of Morgannwg LDC will be held at the Education Centre, Morriston Hospital on Monday, 16th September 2019.

Full details of the meeting and the elections to the committee can be found through this link.  The page will be updated with further information and documents when they become available.

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OnJune 21, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

Report on General Dental Practice Committee Meeting, May 2019

Tom Bysouth, the South West Wales representative on the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee has reported on the May 2019 meeting.  Tom’s report can be found here.

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OnJune 9, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

Wales Dental Digest Issue 16

The office of the Chief Dental Officer has published the latest Wales Dental Digest which can be accessed using this link.

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OnMay 26, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

Restorative Dentistry Referral Guidelines

The Department of Restorative Dentistry and Oral Rehabilitation has published its latest referral guidelines for colleagues and they can be found through the link Restorative Dentistry Referral Acceptance Criteria 2019.

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OnJanuary 30, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

General Dental Practice Committee Meeting January 2019

Morgannwg LDC representative on the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, Tom Bysouth, has submitted a report of the January 2019 GDPC meeting which can be found through this link.

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OnJanuary 30, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

Morgannwg LDC Newsletter December 2018

Much has happened since the LDC Meeting of 20th November, 2018 and it was thought best to summarise in a newsletter.

 

  1. GDC Stakeholders Meeting, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, 22nd November 2018.

The attached file contains the official minutes, produced by GDC, of the meeting. The secretary attended the meeting and the following comments are his views of the meeting.  You will note that the minutes are carefully written to give an impression of agreement with stakeholders with everything the GDC said throughout the day.  A number of attendees had the feeling that GDC tried to give the impression that they were listening to the profession but we had the impression that there was a great empire building exercise going on, and the minutes excluded ‘inconvenient’ questions and comments.  One example was from an adviser of the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland who raised the issue that in his opinion there was a disconnect between GDC officials and caseworkers when bringing registrants to FtP panels.  He was quite adamant about this and quoted some examples, but there was denial from the panel.  Similarly, there was denial when questioned about the purpose of the ARF, giving the impression it was theirs to decide how the ARF should be used.  Are they really listening?  The minutes can be accessed here.

 

  1. Reforming Dental Services.

On December 11th Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services produced a written statement on Reforming Dental Services.  The statement in full can be accessed here, and gives reassurance of his continued support for the reform programme.

 

  1. New First Minister and New Cabinet Statement.

Mark Drakeford won the race to become the new Labour Leader in the assembly and subsequently was elected First Minister.  On December 13th he announced his new cabinet, also announcing that previously called Cabinet Secretaries would once again be called Ministers.  Details of the new cabinet in full as announced by the First Minister can be found here.

 

  1. Dental Public Health Update to Local Dental Committees – December 2018.

The latest Dental Public Health Update for LDCs contains sections on Health Promotion – Smoking and Alcohol, Designed to Smile in Practice, General Dental Services Reform Programme, Health Protection and Dental Health and details of the 2nd Annual Dental Symposium: Transforming Dentistry in Wales with details of how to register for the event.  The update can be accessed using this link.

 

  1. BDA December 2018 LDC Newsletter

The December BDA Newsletter to LDCs, whose significance is mainly England related, can be accessed here.  There is a section on the LDC Officials’ Day which took place on 30th November.  We did not send delegates to the event since we felt the agenda was of little relevance to Wales although the summary is worth reading.  It is also worth reading ‘Henrik’s Hometruths’ where Henrik Overgaard-Neilson, chair of GDPC gives an update on DDRB (including confirmation of the 2.77% uplift in Wales, backdated to April 2018) and an update on contract reform in England which is an excellent summary of what’s happening in England.  All the other topics in the newsletter are certainly worth a read.

 

6 ADVOCATE Project – Questionnaires for Dentists

The relevant document can be accessed here.  It is self-explanatory and requests dentists to take part in two surveys on prevention, the links to which are contained in the document.  There is also a link to the ADVOCATE (Added Value in Oral Health) website which explains the project.

 

  1. All-Wales Dental E-Referral Management System

You will be aware that ABMU is an early adopter area for this system and the latest communication the LDC is aware of says that it will start in February 2019 in ABMU.  Apparently, all the referral forms have been digitised and will initially be used on a trial basis and will be able to be changed if difficulties arise for users.  Hopefully there will be more information available at the time of the next LDC meeting on 15th January and there is a formal meeting, which the LDC will attend on 29th January.  The latest official update can be found here.

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OnDecember 30, 2018, posted in: Latest News by

Orthodontic Waiting Lists Newsletter – September 2018

The latest Orthodontic Waiting Lists Newsletter has been delivered to Practices but can also be accessed by following this link.

The newsletter lists the current orthodontic providers, their contact details and waiting list times.  It also provides Key Messages for both GDPs and Orthodontic Providers.  In addition to this it outlines the Authorisation Process for a Request for Orthodontic Treatment for Patients who do not meet the NHS criteria.

It also provides a link to the British Orthodontic Society website which is full of advice for the GDP on referrals and IOTN, particularly in their Information for Dentists pages which can be accessed here.

For those colleagues who are not confident in assessing IOTN, the BOS has also approved and recommends a smart phone application called Easy IOTN which can be accessed through iTunes for iPhone and Google Play Store for Androids (search for Easy IOTN).  There are two primary functions for the app, the first being that it a simple guide to aid IOTN classification and will therefore help dentists when referring patients to specialist orthodontists.  The second is a series of professional development questions which, when completed will result in 1 hour of GDC approved CPD credit.  The app is free to download and use.

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OnOctober 13, 2018, posted in: Latest News by

WG Health, Social Care and Sport Committee Enquiry into the Future of Dentistry in Wales

The Cross Party Committee on Health, Social Care and Sport invited contributions from stakeholders and interested parties with a call for evidence, specifically about

  • The Welsh Government’s dental contract reform;
  • How ‘clawback money’ from health boards is being used;
  • Issues with the training, recruitment and retention of dentists in Wales;
  • The provision of orthodontic services;
  • The effectiveness of local and national oral health improvement programmes for children and young people.

The enquiry ran from Monday, 9th July 2018 and closed on Friday, 31st August 2018.  23 responses have been published on the enquiry website and can be accessed through this link.

 

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OnSeptember 20, 2018, posted in: Latest News by