What is the impact of the prototype blends on those practices involved?

Ben Atkins shares his experience as a director of a prototype blend B practice

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Since April 2016 two different blends of remuneration have been tested out by practices (a total of 80 are currently involved) as part of the contract reform process. The difference lies in the proportion of care that is covered by capitation and activity. To get more insight into the real impact of these blends on a practice, here, we have …

What are the prototype practices saying?

Eddie Crouch discusses current feedback coming from the prototype practices

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Vice Chair of the British Dental Association Principal Executive Committee, Eddie Crouch talks to Nigel Jones about the current feedback coming from prototype practices about NHS contract reform. They discuss the potential time scales for change and consider what will happen if the proposed changes are proven to be unsuitable.

Will the new NHS contract help therapists utilise their full scope of practice

Helen Minnery talks about the impact the new NHS contract could have on the wider dental team

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A lot of the debates and discussion so far around contract reform has focused on the impact it will have on dentists. Yet, of course, whatever changes might be coming to the profession will affect the entire team – and could alter the shape of the workforce. How exactly that would look remains to be seen. It could mean modifications …

How Likely is the introduction of time-limited contracts

Judith Husband talks about the likelihood of the introduction of time-limited contracts within the new NHS contract.

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The idea of time-limited contracts was proposed by the Government two years ago as a way of improving market competition and efficiency. A source of much debate since then, we asked Judith Husband, who has first-hand experience of working within a time-limited contract, for her thoughts on the question:

Paul Worskett, shares his views on how the issue of patient charge revenue is being addressed in the new contract

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Patient charges have risen, but the same cannot be said for contract values. And, alongside the growing gap between UDA values and these charges, it can be a balancing act. Here, we ask Paul Worskett, a principal dentist who has been running one of the NHS prototype practices, whether he thinks contract reform will have any impact on this issue.

Planning for the future: Sara Hurley speaks out

Planning for the future: the CDO speaks out…

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On 12th June, the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England, Sara Hurley, brought together key stakeholders in dentistry to be transparent about the department’s work, to open the lines of communication, and to support efforts to improve oral health on a national basis.

What do you think is the future for associates within the new NHS contract?

Len D’Cruz’s views on the future for associates within the new NHS contract

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The future for the whole profession of dentists working under the reformed contract within the NHS is unclear, but here we look specifically at how associates could be impacted by the changes. Len D’Cruz, whose practice has been involved with the pilots and prototypes, gives his thoughts on this question…

CDO briefing day

Office of the CDO explained

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The office of the CDO called a briefing day last month to bring clarity to what the office is responsible for, what they are focusing on and what they’ve a achieved so far. The agenda included: Smile4Life NHS England structure, responsibilities and relationship to OCDO Leading the change Innovation and improvement Digital transformation

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The Office of the CDO and guests discussion panel – 12th June 2017

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The Office of the Chief Dental Officer England brought together a panel of leading members within NHS England, Public Health England, CQC, BDA, Health Education England and the Department of Health on 12th June 2017, to answer the most asked questions on NHS dentistry. And you can hear everything that was said in this Bodcast! Panel members included: Sara Hurley, Chief …

When do you think the new contract will come into effect?

Eddie Crouch shares his views on when he thinks the new NHS contract will come into effect

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With no fixed timeline for the introduction of any new NHS contract, and some suggesting it could be rolled out from 2018/19, while others predicting a post-Brexit 2021 start – the lack of a set deadline is causing uncertainty in the profession. In light of this we asked Eddie Crouch for his take on the situation and when he thinks …