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Introducing your new Board

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Board members.
Clockwise from top left: Neel Jaiswal, Zoe Wray, Salma Daou and Manrina Rhode

They join previous Board members Rachel Derby and Dominic O’Hooley who were also elected, and current Board members Bertie Napier, Nav Khaira, Simon Thackeray, Tif Qureshi and Rahul Doshi. Rachel and Zoe also serve on the Executive Committee. Sincere thank you to Wayne Williams who oversaw the election process and heartfelt thanks on behalf of all our members to those who have served on the interim BAPD Board and have now stood down, but continue to serve on various committees.

IPC - An update

More and more dentists have been expressing their frustration at the lack of clear guidance for Dentistry with regard to the ongoing use of enhanced PPE and protocols now that many measures are being dropped for general society.

You may be aware that the government has published the COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 (Roadmap). It can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-summer-2021-roadmap/covid-19-response-summer-2021 and includes a sentence on the way forward for infection prevention and control in health and care settings:

“Health and care settings will continue to maintain appropriate infection prevention and control processes as necessary, and this will be continually reviewed. Guidance will be updated based on the latest clinical evidence this summer.”

As much as this statement was helpful in making it clear that nothing needs to change right now for dental practices, it still left us with questions:  when is “this summer”? what do we need to plan for going forward? when do we need to plan for changes in approach, if any? How long will we be stuck with fallow time? How much longer mandatory wearing of full gowns and FFP3 masks for all so-called AGPs?

It was with these questions in mind that representatives from the BAPD board of directors held a meeting with Anna Ireland, the new National Lead for Dental Public Health, on Tuesday 13th July 2021. It was an opportunity to meet Anna and also put forward the case for a different and more pragmatic approach to IPC in dentistry. It was a good meeting, there was a sense of mutual respect, and we came away feeling that our concerns had been listened to.

Anna has informed us that she is “working with the relevant people to review the dental appendix to the IPC guidance as part of the above-mentioned process. The direction of travel is that we will move towards a UK IPC respiratory guidance, encompassing seasonal pathogens, which will support winter planning.”

The current guidance can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/965686/Infection_prevention_and_control_guidance_Dental_appendix_.pdf
and we hope that by the end of this summer we will be talking about updated realistic and sustainable guidance.
‘Freedom Day’ Survey

Take our survey and help us gauge the mood of the profession as the UK plots its way out of Covid restrictions:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BYZSDPX
Membership - please encourage colleagues

If you haven’t already joined, what are you waiting for? Joining the BAPD Facebook group alone is not enough. We want you to be a member of the organisation, not just a person who has joined another social media group. By registering and paying the membership fee you effectively give us the right to speak up for what you believe and you demonstrate that you believe in what we are fighting for. Let’s continue to stand together.

Join today if you haven’t already, or pass this on to a colleague who needs to join and tell them to click HERE

As always, we urge you to get involved in discussions and actively protect all of our futures.

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