Last week NHS England and the CDO for England, Sara Hurley confirmed that the temporary NHS contract arrangements, which include monthly payments to practices equivalent to 1/12th of the annual contract value, would continue.
Practices should be reassured that their contract values will (for now) continue to be paid from 8 June and that these payments will:
not depend upon any specific level of care at that time
or delivery of Units of Dental Activity (UDAs).
The same letter also made clear that resumption of the full range of routine dental care would be risk-managed by the individual practice, who can decide whether or not to include aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs). That decision will reflect specific circumstances including practices being able to adopt the appropriate infection control and PPE requirements.
NHSE have promised that further guidance will be published shortly. In the meantime, we advise that you consider the guidance issued by FGDP on 1 June 2020 which is available from their website.
BDA Survey: Is your practice ready for 8 June?
The BDA is surveying dental practice owners in England to investigate what challenges you are experiencing in getting ready for the potential resumption of face-to-face patient care from 8 June.
This survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete and will help make the case to Government on what is needed to get back to providing effective and safe patient care.
Your voice matters: Impact of COVID-19 on dentistry
You are invited to take part in a survey by the School of Dentistry in the University of Leeds aims to capture how COVID-19 has impacted dentists in primary care in the UK. It is part of a wider study organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which is asking similar questions of dentists all around the world. It should take ten minutes to complete and all submissions are anonymous.
FACE COVID is a 5 minute YouTube resource which is worth watching
It gives you some practical advice on managing your well-being. Becoming aware of the well-being of yourself and those around you and knowing what to do is something that we can all learn and use to help ourselves and others.
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