On 25th March 2020 the CDO and NHS England sent a letter to all NHS dental practices, advising them that they would continue to be paid under their NHS contracts, subject to staff being redeployed. It gave four examples of where staff might be redeployed to, namely urgent dental care centres, supporting the NHS both generally and in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, voluntary or local...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 63
The Transfer of Undertaking Regulations, or TUPE for short, offers enhanced protection for employees who transfer from one business to another. It is an extremely complex and confusing piece of legislation. Here we set out the key principles to help you better understand when it might apply.
What is TUPE?
TUPE requires a business that is buying...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 58
There is no automatic right under the NHS dental contract to change the dental Provider on it, even if there is no other change to the way in which the services are being delivered and the Provider is the same in all but name. In fact there is a risk if you seek to change the named Provider this will be considered a material change and the contract will...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 55
The case of Kirschner v General Dental Council EWHC 1377 (Admin) considered the appropriate test for dishonesty in professional regulatory matters.
Ms Kirschner was a Polish qualified dentist. She came to the UK from Poland in 2005 and worked as a GDP. Between 2010 and 2012 she was subject to a PCT review as concerns were raised regarding her...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 47
With one week to go before the UK once again goes to the polls and a large number of voters still undecided on how to cast their vote, there is still a huge amount to play for in the General Election 2017. The handling of the NHS is critical to any party’s success, so we have scrutinised the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat’s offerings in the...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 28
A DBS check, formerly a CRB check, is a check carried out on an individual before they take up new employment. It provides certain information about that person in relation to their criminal record and whether they are on either the adult or child barring list, which means they are barred from working with these groups.
However, a DBS check is not a...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 27
The GDC Specialist Lists were introduced in the UK in 1998 as a result of developments in European Legislation. As of October 2015 of the 40,953 registered dentists there were 4342 registered specialists; an increase of 31 on the previous year. A significant number of patients require specialist dental treatment each year; in 2012/13 approximately 3.5%...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 17
Have you ever thought about what will happen to your practice in the event of your death? Who will look after your business should you be incapacitated for a temporary period?
With recent press reports heralding the news that we will be working far longer before retirement, the issue of death in practice is sadly likely to become more prevalent....Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 14
In recent years, Dental Practices have noted a rise in the number of dental record requests UK wide for patient dental records being received, especially from legal services. It is probably no coincidence that this rise has corresponded with an increase in adverts for ‘no win no fee’ solicitors encouraging patients to come forward if they have received...Read More