Call for clarification on direct access

FURTHER clarification is needed from the GDC on the new arrangements for direct access to dental care professionals, according to a group of dental stakeholders who recently met at the BDA.

"Gaps remain in dental professionals’ understanding of the complexities surrounding direct access", said the group in a statement.

Members include the British Association of Dental Nurses, the British Association of Dental Therapists, the British Association of Clinical Dental Technology, the British Dental Association, the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy and the Faculty of General Dental Practice.

Among the areas they believe still require further guidance are:

  • NHS regulations and the variations in legislation between the devolved nations
  • prescribing and reporting on radiographs
  • consent and referrals within the dental team to ensure efficient and safe care for patients.

Many of the stakeholders reported uncertainty about how the new arrangements can be implemented efficiently, with patients fully understanding the different roles among dental professionals. The members agreed to work together in future to resolve these uncertainties.