sara hurleySara Hurley, chief dental officer for England, is urging NHS dentists to give their views in a nationwide survey.

At the recent Expo healthcare conference in Manchester, Sara Hurley launched the survey to find out thoughts on clinical examination and record keeping guidelines, as well as assessing views on whether information, such as contact details, treatments and payment histories, should be recorded at initial, recall or urgent appointment stages.

It is hoped this survey will help to develop a new set of guidelines on clinical examinations and record keeping.

‘We are inviting dentists across the country to give us their views as part of plans to improve clinical record keeping,’ Sara Hurley said.

‘This nationwide survey takes an innovative approach, where every view will help shape these future changes.

‘I’m urging everyone to take part so we can develop guidelines that are genuinely collaborative and reflect the consensus view of dentists.’

Consensus view

A link to the survey will be sent to NHS dentists via the NHS Business Services Authority in September.

The survey will use an innovative technique known as the Delphi method, which aims to make sure every response counts leading to a fair general consensus view.

‘The NHS Business Services Authority welcomed the chance to be involved with this project and will be using its expertise to message the Delphi method as widely as possible to the dental profession,’ Paul Gray, senior clinical adviser, NHS Business Services Authority, said.

‘The NHSBSA believes this to be a really constructive way of engaging the profession’s view on the very important area of patient clinical record standards.’