The SDA Summit

The SDA Summit We are delighted to announce our first SDA event on Tuesday 16th of March from 12.00 – 2.30 on webinarjam. This webinar aims to inform and stimulate discussion around the promised changes to the post-pandemic SDR. If you are a dental professional and you have questions or ideas then please get in touch and book the event here. The Chief Dental Officer (CDO) has stated that he wishes to engage widely with the profession. This is a new dynamic and presents a unique opportunity for the majority of the dental profession to have a role in this […]

“Scottish Dental Students Forced to repeat a year” BBC News

Scottish dental students forced to repeat a year – BBC News A massive blow to the profession as VTs repeat a year, no new graduates, EU dentists heading home and the difficulty taking on dentists out with Scotland. It doesn’t matter how long qualified you are if you have never had a Scottish NHS list number you will be offered COVID support along the same lines as the recently qualified vocational trainees. As we all know the only way NHS dentistry has survived this long is through volume of work and COVID has put a complete halt on this. We […]

Consultation on SDR Reform

As you will be aware the SDR and general dental services are to be fundamentally changed. This will directly effect each one of us and our patients‘ future care. Tom Ferris (CDO Scotland) has said that there will be consultation with the profession and the SDA will ensure that we present all of your views coherently. The survey is being conducted via Scottish Dental Network. See link below. Initial SDA Consultation on SDR Reform – Scottish Dental Network

NHS Lothian COVID-19 Update No 22 – 27th October 2020

Angus Walls, Director Edinburgh Dental Institute 4th Floor Lauriston Building Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9HA Content of this update PCA and SDR 148 Patient Communication National SoP IPC guidance PPE stock and usage SARS CoV2 vaccination program   Dear Colleagues, I am sending you the most recent PCA from CDO in association with this letter, I must apologise, this should have come to you yesterday. As I am sure you are aware there was an announcement in Parliament recently that a full range of dental care would be available through NHS dental practices from the 1st November. This PCA underpins […]

Agenda for Change

The eagerly anticipated “Agenda for Change” (within the NHS) highlights once more just how far Scottish NHS dentists have fallen. The Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) amply demonstrates how they feel about dentistry and the professionals showing no improved recognition over the last two decades and no peer acknowledgement. https://www.nhsemployers.org/pay-pensions-and-reward/agenda-for-change We can never aspire to this but who works for nothing and how far are we prepared to be left behind? The question must be asked in relation to the act of NHS dental Items of Service (IOS) treatment because they impact hugely on everything that we and our […]

SDR Recommendations

6 October 2020 Scottish Dental Association Working Group on new SDR proposals   Preamble The Scottish Dental Association (SDA) recognises, along with almost the entire profession and the current CDO, that the pre COVID SDR is not fit for purpose for the likely future situation we face. It should be noted anecdotal evidence suggests most practitioners have felt the previous SDR was not fit for purpose for several years. To propose potential new solutions the SDA has formed a working group to briefly formulate potential new SDR options. The SDA welcomes feedback from all sectors within Scottish dentistry on this […]

General Dental Services Budget Letter to Joe FitzPatrick MSP

Mr Joe FitzPatrick MSP Minister for Health St Andrew’s House Edinburgh October 4th 2020 Dear Mr Joe FitzPatrick MSP, General Dental Services (GDS) Budget On behalf of the Scottish Dental Association (SDA) and following your letter (ref: 202000055870) to Mr Graham Smith in relation to the Public Dental Service budget, we would be grateful for the following information to assist us in consideration of a realistic proposal for the new Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR): Please detail the predicted positive or negative impact of ‘COVID support’ for General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) on GDS payments in this financial year. A breakdown […]

“My NHS dentist can fix my son’s teeth – if we go private” BBC News

James Craig (Interim Committee SDA Member) was speaking to Angie Brown (BBC News Scotland Reporter). The article can be found here and the full statement can be read below. “The majority of dental practices in Scotland are private contractors for NHS services. Every practice has unique circumstances and therefore varying levels of NHS and private treatment provision. For many practices, the private services they offer are the only way to subsidise the low remuneration received for NHS treatments in order to remain financially viable but also to give patients as much choice as possible. NHS items of treatment are set […]

SDA Opinion About FFP3 Provision by The NHS

The stand-off between Scottish dentists and the Scottish Government/NSS relating to satisfactory FFP3 provision for AGPs, demonstrates the regard which the NSS/CDO have towards the safety of our staff and patients, in addition to the lack of urgency given to kick-starting the provision of Scotland’s routine NHS General Dental Services. The statement made by Mr Paul Cushley (Director of Dentistry) and Mr Gordon Beattie (Director of National Procurement) on 02/09/2020 regarding 3M out of date masks is akin to either “using endodontic files more than once is perfectly safe,” or “not having a washer disinfector in a dental practice is […]