Dental news you’ve missed this week
Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…
This week the government announced a 2.8% pay rise for hospital and community dentists after their vital contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic. Great news! But is this going to filter down to high street NHS practices? If so, 2.8% won’t nearly cover PPE costs, the cost of fallow time and any other equipment practices install to stop the spread of the virus.
Dental Protection is encouraging the GDC to take a more lenient approach to complaints about patient treatment during the pandemic. A third of dentists say regulatory fears are affecting their mental wellbeing. Surely this is the very least the regulator, which has refused to budge over payments during lockdown, can do.
The Academy of Medical Sciences is urging us all to prepare for a second coronavirus peak.
With a second peak, we might start seeing more stories like the one we heard this week from Kate Hoddinott, of caring dental professionals leaving the profession due to over regulation and red tape following lockdown.
If you have a spare 10 minutes this week I would urge you to read Dominic O’Hooley’s graphic and inspirational story about how a bike accident almost ended his dental career.
Online Dentistry Show: Amit Patel – Post COVID: how do we manage our periodontal patients with technology and old skool methods
This September sees the launch of the very first Online Dentistry Show. If you haven’t heard about it already, you certainly will over the coming weeks – the Online Dentistry Show is a completely free virtual exhibition and conference, hosting leading speakers and manufacturers from around the profession. This week we heard more from Amit Patel about his lecture: ‘Post COVID: how do we manage our periodontal patients with technology and old skool methods‘.
And finally for those practices looking to grow their revenue post-lockdown, I suggest you have a quick read of Aneekha Dhaliwal’s article. She discusses how practices can utilise a hygiene therapists’ full scope of practice, freeing up time for dentists to focus on treatments that will help bring in further revenue for the practice.
Make sure you take a look at the latest webinars happening over on Dentistry Study Club. Despite no live webinars scheduled next week, you can still access our complete back catalogue under the ‘On demand webinars’ tab for free.
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