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06th April 2020

COVID-19 Dental Update (Last update 06.04.20)

The Chief Dental Officer, Sara Hurley, held a webinar on Friday 3rd April attended by almost 11,000 people. Three preparedness letters have been issued with a further note due early this week. We have summarised some key points for you to download here.

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Alternatively, you can read the summary below.

A. Key points

  • The Four Nations have been working together over the last few weeks and have taken the unprecedented step to stop all routine dental work
  • Payment for activity 19/20 - confirmed to calculate April to end Feb and use March 18/19
  • Practices with a mix of NHS and private provision; this arrangement only applies to the NHS proportion of work (will be made clear in the next letter)
  • 20/21 - work to principles of maintaining cashflow to practices; staff to be available to offer services in urgent dental care provision or other NHSE services
  • Claims and operational activity when paused - no expectation of UDA claims expected but need to capture activity in hubs

B. Redeployment

  • Hospital dental workforce are expected to make themselves available to their trusts
  • Redeployment mapping has been undertaken
  • 13,000 people from the dental workforce have shown a willingness to be redeployed
  • GDC support people to take on different roles within current competency levels
  • There are questions around indemnity, remuneration and contracts still to be answered
  • Everyone needs to have induction and guidance within the framework
  • An NHS performer list number is required for dentists to provide support in healthcare. NHSE is not currently processing applications for non-NHS dentists to obtain a performers list number
  • Willing dental professionals may still complete the volunteer link on the website

C. Dental Treatment

  • Regional urgent care centres will be set up by regional leads based on the current provision of dental hospital and geography
  • Dental teams should provide telephone support to their patients and can use the remote prescribing protocol
  • Practices may choose to work collaboratively with local practices where they would ordinarily work independently
  • Unless authorised to do so, you must not provide face to face dental treatment. CQC will seek assurances that you are safe and well-led if you are doing so


  • Anyone carrying out aerosol-generating procedure must do so within a designated site and wear a fit-tested FFP3 mask

*All information is correct at the time of publishing. Use of this material is subject to your acceptance of our terms and conditions.

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