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New Team Member For DPAS

DPAS Dental Plans has welcomed a new member to the team, with Leanne Rose joining them as a Business Development Consultant.

Leanne, has six years’ experience in NHS and private practices with roles including Dental Nurse, Treatment Coordinator and Practice Manager. She has a wealth of practical experience in building the online presence of practices, increasing the number of patients on plan and training staff on the patient journey.

She has joined DPAS’s team of Business Development Consultants who are dedicated to providing personal support, training and encouragement to help practices grow their patient numbers.

Leanne, who is covering the North West region, said, “I am passionate about using my experience in dentistry to help practices grow their plan numbers and create a solid foundation to further build their business.

“I’m already beginning to feel like an extended member of the practices’ teams, and with my background I can relate to the challenges and opportunities they’re facing as I have been in the same situations so can share advice I know works.

“The opportunity to become part of the DPAS team was perfect for me. I have already begun to enjoy visiting our practices and learning about the different approaches they take and sharing that best practice with others. I’m looking forward to building long-term relationships with all the dental teams under my care.”

For more information about DPAS visit: http://www.dpas.co.uk/

FGDP(UK) rejects amalgamation of regulators

FGDP(UK) rejects amalgamation of regulators

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has responded sceptically to proposals to cut costs by amalgamating the UKs health regulators.

In response to a consultation by the Department of Health, it says it is not convinced that combining dental regulation with that of other professions could save money while retaining the required understanding of the dental professions, and that in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the interests of patients and the profession will best be served by the continued existence of a regulator dedicated solely to dentistry.

The Faculty says that decisions on the regulation of health professions should instead be guided by the risk of patient harm, and that as such there can be no optimum number of healthcare regulators. It also suggests that as the UK has over 70 regulators, including four for social care, and six each for legal services, financial services and privatised utilities nine regulators for healthcare, covering 1.5 million professionals in 32 occupations, does not appear excessive.

FGDP(UK) also expresses concern over proposals to create a single adjudication body for fitness to practise, a single register of all health professionals, and a single set of standards in lieu of profession-specific ones, and rejects the suggested use of mediation in regulatory proceedings and proposals for employers to be represented on the General Dental Council (GDC).

However, FGDP(UK) agreed that the currently statutorily-regulated professions should be reassessed to determine the most appropriate level of oversight, and that the regulator should be accountable to the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Irish Assembly in addition to the UK Parliament.

Dr Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:

While the GDC itself acknowledges that there are improvements to be made to the way in which it regulates, it has nonetheless developed specialist knowledge of dental patients and the professions that treat them, each of which exhibit characteristics and contextual factors which are not necessarily the same as those of other medical professions and their patients. In an amalgamated regulator, this sector-specific knowledge would either be maintained at additional cost, or, more likely, lost in a drive to harmonise procedures and cut costs. For these reasons, the onus is on the government to produce convincing evidence that its own stated objectives for regulation public protection, performance management, and professional development and support – would not be all the harder to meet if dental regulation were to be amalgamated with that of other professions.

Benchmark your pay rates

ADAM and specialist dental accountants Hazlewoods are working in partnership to produce their annual survey looking at current pay rates. The aim is to gain a better understanding of current rates of pay within the dental sector and provide participants with a benchmark against others in their region.

One lucky respondent will win an iPad and one year's subscription to ADAM. To be entered into the prize draw your survey must be received by 31 December 2017.

Take part here – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/salary-survey-17

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