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BADT Chair Newsletter – Wed 13/05/2020 14:50

Dear Colleagues,
So here we are again, another week has gone by! 

Firstly, welcome to all our new members, who continue to join us. I know that several of you have already accessed help from us via the various resources we have available. We are pleased to have been able to assist you. 

The Prime Minister’s speech on Sunday evening gave rise to a lot of speculation that we would be going back to work soon, as we can’t work from home. The Office of the CDO was fairly quick off the mark this time with a statement which said: 

“Yesterday evening (10 May 2020) the Prime Minister announced the conditional plan to ease restrictions. All dental guidance and Standard Operating Procedures currently in force remain unchanged. The temporary cessation of routine dentistry addresses the safety of patients and of dental teams as well as supporting the public health measures required to slow community transmission of COVID-19.  This advice has not changed.” 

Yesterday, the Chancellor announced that the furlough scheme would be extended to October, and asking employers to share the cost from August. This gives many practice owners a bit more breathing space and fingers crossed the self employment help might also be extended, which has now started to pay out for those eligible. Petitions are still being sent in to try and address the gap in this support. 

A letter was printed in the Times yesterday from the newly formed British Association of Private Dentistry highlighting the problems dentists and their teams are facing at the moment.

This was obviously written before the CDO guidance was published, however, anything that highlights the crisis facing dentistry is welcomed.
The BAPD held their first DCP committee meeting with representatives from nearly all the various DCP associations and societies.  Debbie McGovern was present to represent BADT, and the meeting was very successful. The BAPD are determined to be all-inclusive across the profession. 

The BDA continues to work hard and has announced that they are mounting a legal challenge against all the insurers who have refused to pay out the Business Interruption Insurance that practice owners have been trying to claim on. They have engaged a legal team to examine all the policies from providers of this cover. This, as usual, boils down to the small print and in most cases they are declining payment because COVID-19 is not specifically mentioned. Given that this virus was unknown before last year, it would have been impossible for it to be listed as a notifiable cause to cease trading! 

There is a worthwhile podcast to listen to if you have time, with several eminent professionals looking at how we might get back to work:

https://www.dentalleaders.co.uk/ 

FGDP have also issued some guidance/thoughts about returning to work:

https://www.fgdp.org.uk/news/national-dental-organisations-join-forces-agree-return-work-guidance 

There is a free course for healthcare professionals on managing Covid which may interest you:

https://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/covid-19-course 

Victoria Wilson continues to produce some excellent podcasts in her Smile Revolution series, watch out for the one that Debbie M and I are recording with her this afternoon! 

There are still some webinars coming up in the Dentocare series, details on their website

Chris Forrest is currently arranging some exclusive member webinars, watch this space! Very grateful thanks to Acteon, one of our sponsors, for lending us their platform for this. We are hoping to do something a little bit different with them…death by webinar is becoming a distinct possibility during this crisis I fear! 

Please let us know of anything else we can share with you or help you with. 

Off to get my best podcast voice on! 

Stay safe & best wishes 

Debbie Hemington 
Chair, BADT 

BADT Chair Newsletter: Wed 06/05/2020 16:24

Dear All 

So another week has passed, I don’t know where the time is going! 

Another busy week with lots of contact from members, especially our new members needing advice, help and support during the current problems.   

Debbie M continues to do her live updates on Facebook regularly and last Friday we did BADT bingo on Zoom…it was a great laugh and so nice to see everyone dressed up with their glasses of wine! Well done to winners Julie, Lisa and Lisa’s husband who donated his prize money to the NHS. We stayed on to chat after the game and that was a really valuable thing to do too, just mulling over issues with colleagues and thinking out loud, good support for and from everyone.

We will do another bingo night in a few weeks, having invested such a huge sum of money in the flashy, state of the art bingo set we need to get some use out of it!!   So, onto more serious things: 

We hope to have details soon of a special deal we have negotiated with Dental Protection for BADT members, we will email separately about that in due course. 

We have emailed out several surveys as they come out, please sign and share if you feel able to, so many practices are not getting any business rates relief and of course many of the dental team are falling outside the self employed financial help so as many voices as possible are needed to draw attention to these issues. 

I caught Martin Lewis on Breakfast TV this morning, and he is doing a Q&A tomorrow evening apparently around the financial issues thrown up by Covid including problems for self employed people accessing help, and guidance on the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. 

Check your eligibility for the self employed grant: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme 

If your practices are looking to source PPE for when they open again, and struggling to find supplies, Adam Glassford (a well known dentist in Yorkshire) has set up Yorkshire PPE to source the correct PPE for dental teams. 

An interesting article just out in Dentistry magazine

A podcast by some of the clinicians involved in the new BAPD

To catch up with all the updates about Covid 19, click HERE  

Public Health England have produced some resources to help support mental health during Covid.  Click HERE 

If you receive the Tepe Connect news, you will have had notification of a Zoom Pilates class with Jolene Pinder tomorrow evening, contact info@tepe.com if you want to sign up to the newsletters. 

Victoria Wilson continues to do her Zoom yoga classes, contact infovictoriawilson@gmail.com for details and to register. 

The International Federation of Dental Hygienists is running a survey looking at the impact of Covid 19 on the dental team if you would like to complete it, click HERE 
Webinars
Dentinal Tubules continues to share huge amounts of content generously, have a look if you haven’t already

Colgate have a webinar about Remote Patient Communication and Caries Prevention tomorrow evening. You will need to register in advance.

Acteon UK have 2 new webinars coming up, one on ultrasonics on 13th May and one on resilience on May 15th. The links can be found on the Acteon United Kingdom or ACTEON GROUP pages on Facebook or email Stancey on stancey.coughlan@acteongroup.comfor details and bookingThere is much talk about possibly hand scaling only when practices re-open, and many comments about being rusty with hand scaling skills. Sharp instruments make the world of difference and so you might find this resource useful for sharpening revision:

Personally, I always have my instruments professionally sharpened by either Richard Rudge  or Andrew at Be Sharp

Both offer a quick turn round sharpening service at a very reasonable cost and sharpen instruments like I have never been able to! 

If anyone is feeling rusty on hand scaling and would like an update, I am happy to put together something we can do together on Zoom to refresh you. Please let me know if that would helpful. 

The BSP have had to postpone their plans for Gum Health Day on 12th May, so they are issuing a GHD lockdown challenge instead. Create an image or a 15 second video illustrating “Taking care of my gums while at home” and email it to admin@bsperio.org.uk  

So, that’s enough from me for this week, please let me know if there is anything you particularly need help with or would like to discuss. 

Take care all and stay safe 

Debbie Hemington 
Chair, BADT

BADT CHAIR NEWSLETTER – Thursday 30/04/2020 09:23
Dear Colleagues,
 
Once again, I hope you are all safe and well and bearing up now that home schooling has started again!
 
I have a few more webinars and news to pass on to you, but firstly may I thank those of you who have emailed to express your appreciation of the regular updates, and for the supportive presence we hope we are providing at this time, it really means a lot to hear from you.
 
Webinar News
Dental Update have a range of webinars available https://www.dental-update.co.uk/ click on the “webinar” picture on the home page.Professor Iain Chapple is delivering a webinar about working in the post COVID era, short notice for this one, sorry! https://www.dtstudyclub.co.uk/webinar/risk-assessment-the-future-for-preventative-dentistry-in-a-post-pandemic-era/Acteon UK Webinar on Implant Maintenance – Love, Loathe, Avoid with Dr Amit Patelhttps://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tJquwcTKS7uWzkoGjAFWFQ  The note in the last newsletter about webinar certificates not being GDC compliant, only refers to the Dentocare series of webinars. We have brought it to their attention.
 
Other News
The BSPD have produced some guidance for parents to try and avoid dental trauma during the extended period at home. You may wish to add it to your practice websites or social media accounts. www.bspd.co.ukThe CDO’s office has sent a communication advising of support for primary care staff:
“#LookingAfterYouToo: individual coaching support for primary care staff  We recognise that our frontline primary care colleagues are facing unprecedented challenges through Covid-19.  We are delighted to announce that staff are now able to access individual coaching support by video link or telephone with highly trained, experienced coaches. This support is available to all clinical and non-clinical primary care workforce either employed by the NHS or contracted to deliver work on behalf of the NHS.The aim is that this will provide staff with opportunities to process experiences, develop coping skills, deal with difficult conversations and develop strategies for self-management in difficult circumstances. This service has been developed in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners and will complement the wider range of health and wellbeing resources launched at  www.people.nhs.uk. Primary care staff can register at https://people.nhs.uk/lookingafteryoutoo/ and book individual coaching in a way and at a time of day that suits them. “There is a petition circulating to canvass support for dental surgeries to receive small business rates reimbursement, please share with anyone you can to reverse this unfair situation. At present, all healthcare premises (physios, osteopaths, opticians etc) are unable to access this support, however vape shops and sports shops can!  https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/307959 The latest journal is at the printers now, many thanks to Joanne Bowles our new editor for all her hard work on some cracking content. Please let us know of any other news you wish us to pass on, you can catch Debbie M most nights on Facebook for an update, and don’t forget Friday 01 May at 21.00 is BADT Bingo night! If you haven’t already, you can email competition@badt.org.uk for your free bingo cards…Amazon vouchers as prizes!
 
So, once again, stay safe everyone and sending you all very best wishes
 
Debbie Hemington
Chair, BADT

BADT Chair Email – 22nd April 2020
Dear colleagues,

I hope you are all well.
Just touching base with you again now we have all settled into our lockdown routine and are finding ways to keep life going with some semblance of “normality” in as much as we can do.

Since I last wrote, there have been numerous webinars for everyone to access. If you are not “webinared out” then a few new suggestions have come in today:

Dr Andrew Wallace on tooth whitening   https://www.dentistrystudyclub.com/webinar/steps-to-success-using-philips-zoom-whitening-gel/

Dr Ben Atkins on time to think and take back control https://view6.workcast.net/register?cpak=8658226272644918

Ruby Wax talking about mental health during COVID-19  https://view6.workcast.net/register?cpak=7903132963071405

Dent O Care are running a series of webinars in aid of the National Emergencies Trust, go to their page for more info https://www.dentocareprofessional.co.uk/ 

Those of you who are members of BSP will have had an email about their upcoming webinars too.

Just a note that the certificates generated from these webinars require you to fill in your own name and GDC number, so therefore are not GDC compliant. The advice from Dentocare is to use the GDC mapping document if you want to use it for eCPD.

An interesting article from Ian Mills, Dean of FGDP UK can be found here.https://www.fgdp.org.uk/news/working-together-deliver-urgent-dental-care.  Ian is a great supporter of Therapists and of BADT.

In other news, both MyDentist and Bupa have announced they will continue to pay their self-employed staff, which is very welcome.

In other news, both MyDentist and Bupa have announced they will continue to pay their self-employed staff, which is very welcome.

You will have received the GDC response to our request to defer the ARF collection date, unsurprisingly, their response wasn’t very positive. We will let you know if we hear any more.

Those of you on social media, have a look for the newly formed British Association of Private Dentistry, all are welcome to follow them as they get their new group off the ground, and they are including the whole dental team in the structure. President Debbie McGovern has been asked to advise on the formation of the Therapy, Hygiene and Nursing committee they are planning.
 
We have continued to be active on social media, especially Facebook with Debbie’s regular live updates. On Easter Monday Ian Dunn kindly judged our first ever BADT Bake Off…. a classic Victoria sponge decorated with a dental twist. Have a look on our Facebook page and on the website to see the amazing entries, and congratulations to Catherine Finch-Evans for her outstanding winning entry. Catherine wins a day pass to BADT conference next year.  Special mention to Natalie De Angelis, final year student at UHI, who had never baked a cake before!

In a very exciting twist, the New Zealand Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association were so inspired by the cakes that they are running their own Bake Off! BADT leading the way again!
 
Our next social occasion is BADT Bingo!!  Friday 01 May at 21.00 on Facebook, Amazon vouchers as prizes, £10 for a line, £30 for a full house. Please email competition@badt.org.uk to request a game card and we will email it to you…..get your dabbers ready!
 
Remember to keep in touch and please let us know if we can do anything to help you.
 
Stay safe and well
 
Best wishes 
 
Debbie Hemington
Chair, BADT


BADT Chair Email – 16th April 2020
Dear Colleague,
 
We have received a letter from Ian Brack, Chief Executive of the GDC in response to our request to postpone collection of the ARF in July.

You can read the letter HERE
 
I hope you are all well and safe.

Debbie Hemington
Chair, BADT


BADT Chair Newsletter – Wed 08/04/2020 15:57
Dear Colleague
 
I hope you are all keeping well, and coping with the current challenges we are facing. It’s certainly making us rethink a lot of things isn’t it?
 
Following on from our recent email about emotional support if you find yourself working in challenging settings, either through redeployment or volunteering, I am pleased to let you know that Jane Lelean, a well-known contributor to dental forums, has offered her services to BADT members for support. Jane is a business coach but has also been selected as part of the team of therapists to support the frontline team, and she can provide general therapeutic coaching and also PTSD prevention. She is offering free sessions to dental care professionals and all members of the team.

You can contact Jane on Jane@IODB.co.uk or call 07989 757884 to schedule a session. Please mention BADT if you contact her.
 
Many people will be facing worries not related to front-line working and other forms of support are also available, especially if an app is more your cup of tea. A few are:

– Headspace – a science backed app in mindfulness and meditation
– Sleepio – a clinically evidenced sleep improvement programme
– Daylight – a smart phone-based app providing help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety

We are also hoping to get a few webinars off the ground to support you in this regard too.

You may also like to try yoga for the dental professional on Zoom with our council member Victoria Wilson, if you are interested please drop her a line at info@smile-revolution.net 

Those of you with a Blue Light card, can access “Les Mills on Demand” and get a discount on the cost, for lots of different home exercise options. I think there’s a free trial and then it’s £6.50 a month instead of £9 ish…I have signed up but not done a class yet! It’s got a lot of good reviews on several forums I follow. Go through the Blue Light site or app to get the discount.

Sometimes a good chat and laugh with friends is as good as anything, and I’m sure you will have discovered House Party, Zoom and even Microsoft teams for a visual way to keep in touch as well as all the usual stuff like Skype, WhatsApp video calling and Messenger video calls. I haven’t worked out how to do any of the games on House Party yet but I am told they are good fun!

We are also hoping to get a few webinars off the ground to support you in this regard too.
 
You may also like to try yoga for the dental professional on Zoom with our council member Victoria Wilson, if you are interested please drop her a line at info@smile-revolution.net 

Those of you with a Blue Light card, can access “Les Mills on Demand” and get a discount on the cost, for lots of different home exercise options. I think there’s a free trial and then it’s £6.50 a month instead of £9 ish…I have signed up but not done a class yet! It’s got a lot of good reviews on several forums I follow. Go through the Blue Light site or app to get the discount.
 
Sometimes a good chat and laugh with friends is as good as anything, and I’m sure you will have discovered House Party, Zoom and even Microsoft teams for a visual way to keep in touch as well as all the usual stuff like Skype, WhatsApp video calling and Messenger video calls. I haven’t worked out how to do any of the games on House Party yet but I am told they are good fun!
 
Have any of you discovered any ways that are better than others, or different ways of keeping in touch or stress busting?
 
We are still working on the website to improve functionality, and are hoping to get the secure members message boards/chat re-instated, we would like to provide you with a “safe” area to ask advice or discuss things away from social media platforms.

Finally, remember to tune into Facebook if you can when Debbie McGovern does her daily live update…Debbie is determined to try and keep in touch with you all, and often the days breaking news, both dental and none dental, is discussed.
 
We are also having a Great BADT Bake Off if you want to join in, recipe and instructions to follow on the website and our FB page. Unleash your inner Mary Berry! Judging on Easter Monday!
 
We are putting together a resource for you with free CPD that is available, thanks to Kirsty our new council member for Wales, that will follow in the next few days.
 
We have also sent the signed letter off to the GDC about a payment holiday for the ARF, and have also written to Rishi Sunak and Matt Hancock regarding the self-employment threshold and pointing out how it affects so many Therapists and Hygienists.
 
Please get in touch if we help you with anything, we will do our very best to assist you or just to be here for you.
 
Stay safe, chin up and warmest wishes to you all.
 
Remember, “you are not stuck at home, you are safe at home” Terry Waite, former hostage.
 
Debbie H
 
Debbie Hemington
Chair, BADT


BADT Chair Email – Mon 23/03/2020 13:10
Dear colleague,

We have today written to the GDC to request a payment holiday for the Annual Retention Fee for all DCPs, due at the end of July, in the light of the financial insecurity many will find themselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
We would like to invite you to sign a duplicate letter which we will send on your behalf, to save you all having to do this yourselves when everybody has so much to think about and arrange.
 
If you would like your name included in this letter, please could you reply to this email by FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020, with your name as it appears on the register and your GDC number.
 
Many thanks and best wishes,
 
Debbie Hemington
Chair, BADT

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