NHS dentistry: Latest bulletin from Sara Hurley

In the latest NHS bulletin, Sara Hurley shares updates with the dental profession on SNOMED CT, the NHS Regional Clinical Fellows Programme and more. You can read the message from Sara below.

Dear colleague,

The response to the COVID pandemic has highlighted that dental professionals have a wealth of experience to give to the NHS, not just in the traditional dental setting. It has also further ensured that profession’s insight and advocacy for the patient is valued around the decision making table. We want to nurture and develop this talent. So I am pleased to announce that the NHS Regional Clinical Fellows Scheme is open to GDC registrants and I encourage members of the profession with an interest in becoming the leaders of the future to apply before the deadline on 4 May.

Health Education England are also conducting a survey on the national dental workforce exploring any factors which they may have encountered over their practicing lifetime which may have influenced their careers. This is to help future workforce planning and support career opportunities, so if you're a dentist please do fill it in.

The Department of Health and Social Care have announced that free PPE is to be extended until March next year and that the SNOMED CT deadline has been extended to 31 August 2021. On PPE, this brings a welcome and deserved degree of certainty to practice owners. And the extension to SNOMED CT gives us time to get the implementation of this important new system right. But let me be clear I do not support endless extensions. At some point we need to take the jump and embrace it - SNOMED CT is a system that is essential to speed up referrals for oral cancer and enable dental practices to receive crucial information on issues such as child safeguarding.

Many in our profession have paid tribute to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke was made President of Honour of the British Dental Association in 1980, marking the association's centenary. I know I speak for the profession when I say that we are truly grateful for his support over the years.

Sara

You can read the full bulletin by clicking here.