Dental groups join forces to produce back to work guidelines

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Dental groups have come together to produce back to work guidelines, as the UK starts to take steps towards moving out of lockdown.

The Covid-19 Future Planning Task Group, which comprises individuals from a host of the country’s leading dental authorities and bodies, was set up to provide advice for practice owners and dental professionals preparing to resume work. The group was formed by members of the British Dental Association, the British Association of Private Dentistry, the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons in England, the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Association of Implantology. 

Representatives from the organisations have been collaborating to create guidelines that are relevant to dentists across the spectrum. The aim was to “develop practical solutions” and support national strategies and measures. 

The back to work guidelines focus on key areas, such as infection control, emergency dental provision during the crisis and effective practice management. The group has been working with dental professionals, as well as patients, to inform decision-making and create an outline that will benefit everybody providing and using dental services.

Recently, the BAPD (British Association of Private Dentistry) has also published additional recommendations for restarting dental services and reopening clinics. 

At present, it is not yet known when high street practices will open again. For the moment, dentists are providing advice via the telephone and the Internet, with emergency services provided by regional urgent care hubs.

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