IMPORTANT MESSAGES from the NHS,CQC and GDC
From the OCDO
How you will receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you work in private dentistry
The NHS request providers update their contact records with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as a matter of urgency.
This is because if you work in private sector dentistry and the practice you work in or you personally do not have a NHS contract, then the NHS does not hold any contact details for you. This means we need to get hold of your contact details, or that of your practice, from the regulator the CQC. It is therefore essential that private practice owners ensure the contact details for their practice with the CQC are up to date, especially with an up to date email address. The NHS can then begin the process of vaccinating staff.
If you are a locum clinical staff not currently clinically active or between employment we will update you as soon as possible.
(Full message HERE
From the CQC
COVID-19 vaccinations and the dental sector
Update from the CQC
Dental teams are, along with other front line healthcare staff being prioritised for COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Chief Dental Officer has shared information
to explain how the vaccination programme will be rolled out for dental teams, including both NHS, mixed and private dental providers. This includes information about steps you may need to take to ensure you are able to be contacted to arrange vaccination for your team. We are supporting the vaccination programme by working with NHS England to ensure they have the right contact details for private providers who are not registered with the NHS.
For private providers, if your contact details we hold are up to date you will not need to do anything.
If they are not up to date it is important you let us know, you can do this by submitting a notification form.
You can find more information on how the vaccination programme is being delivered for dental teams in the latest update from the Chief Dental officer.
From the GDC
Latest updates from the GDC - January 2021
COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline dental professionals
It has been confirmed that if you are a UK frontline dental practitioner, you are in the priority group for the COVID-19 vaccination programme, as part of the ‘frontline health and social care workers’ group.
The Chief Dental Officer England has also today confirmed that dental professionals and their teams are being prioritised for a COVID-19 vaccine. This means that dental teams supporting the NHS and those working in private or mixed practices will all be entitled to a vaccine. This includes specialist practices and clinical dental technicians registered with the CQC.
If you work in private dentistry in England, as a matter of urgency please check that your contact details held by the CQC are up to date and correct. More details are available on the email bulletin Your NHS and dentistry oral health update
Finally, we have seen suggestion that the GDC Standards for the Dental Team might mean the vaccine is mandatory for dental professionals. We want to be clear that this is not the case.
Private Associates not linked to a practice
The situation for Private Associates or others who may not be linked to a practice registered with the CQC or NHS remains a little unclear and we await further information.
We are aware that some LDC
’s have been proactively working on ensuring that all
dentists, including private, and their teams, are ‘on the list’ for vaccination. If you somehow fall into a category where you are not part of a practice (i.e. no CQC or NHS link) it may help to contact your local LDC, even if you are a private practitioner.
LDC’s that have contacted us to invite private practices onto their vaccine coordination lists:
Private practices in West Sussex - please contact: email@example.com
Private practices in East Herts - please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Private practices: make sure your contact details are correct with the CQC and then wait to hear from them
- Private Associates linked to a CQC registered practice: wait to hear from the CQC via the practice you work with
- Private Associates NOT linked to a CQC registered practice: we are waiting to hear more.
- LDC: It is a good idea to link up with your Local Dental Committee to have another source of information and contact.
- Vaccination IS NOT a GDC requirement
Our advice is that you do everything you can to make sure that you and your team are ‘on the radar’ as frontline healthcare workers.
This information is correct at the time of sending on Monday 11th January 2021.
We will continue monitoring the situation and share information as we receive it.