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A United
Voice

BSDHT and BADT
joint effort aims
to change rules on
prescription-only
medications

If you've ever had to turn a patient away with incomplete treatment
because you couldn't get a prescription for the necessary medicines,
you'll understand why it's so important that the regulations change.
The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy
(BSDHT) and the British Association of Dental Therapists
(BADT) are working together to make change happen.
They are pursuing exemptions to the Medicines Act that
would mean a list of prescription-only medicines would
be specified in legislation for dental hygienists and dental
therapists to administer or supply.
If successful, the impact of this campaign could
be huge:
* It would help ensure a more comfortable and
efficient dental experience for patients, eliminating frustrations and time delays caused when
prescriptions are incorrect or unavailable.
* It would enable dental hygienists and therapists to
utilise their skills and knowledge to provide the
best care; they'd be able to build better rapport
with their patients and have new opportunities for
career development.
* The advantages extend to the practice, as well,
because improving access to the care patients
need will not only enhance their oral health but
also ensure their satisfaction with the service they
receive.
Michaela ONeill, immediate past president of the
BSDHT, and Fiona Sandom, immediate past president
of the BADT, are driving the campaign.
'I cannot say how many times I've had to turn patients
away because a prescription was not available, or no
longer appropriate because of changes in the patient's
situation,' says ONeill. 'It's so inefficient for both me and
the patient. It's unfortunate that we've been left with
this legacy, but we can change it and we are working
hard to do just that.'

The two associations, led by ONeill and Sandom,
have been working for the past few years to make the
voice of the profession heard. The Department of Health
recently gave the campaign the green light to move on to
the next phase; its patient-focused nature aligns perfectly
with NHS England's "Five Year Forward View."
The organizations hope to build their case by collecting
the accounts of professionals across the UK when their
lack of prescribing responsibilities ended up causing
issues. They're asking dental hygienists and therapists
to submit stories about when they've had to send
patients away with incomplete treatment because the
employees couldn't get the relevant prescriptions. Dental
professionals who've experienced these situations can
email prescribing@bsdht.org.uk and share their stories,
including the impact on the patients and the practice.
The BSDHT and the BADT have been funding the
campaign, but ONeill says they don't have the resources
to continue doing so on a large scale and are asking dental
teams across the UK for financial support.
'It's very exciting to have this opportunity to change
the regulations restricting our profession, for the better,'
she says. 'But we really need the support of the whole
profession if we are to be successful.'

Head online to support
the campaign for change
For more information about the British
Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy
and its campaign with BADT, visit
bsdht.org.uk, call 01788 575050 or email
enquiries@bsdht.org.uk.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DentaltownUK August 2017

Cover
On Dentaltown.com
Editorial with Mike Gow
Meet the Team
Howard Speaks: Drive-Thrus and Dentistry
Endodontic Reboot: Part One
Classified Listings
Brand Advertising
A United Voice
Adhesion in Primary Dentition Restorative Dentistry
Additive Dentistry
Zero Moment of Truth
Through the Keyhole
Message Boards: Re-treats question
Due Diligence—A Vendor's Perspective
Message Boards: Antibiotics after Surgical Extraction
Adding Value to the Patient Experience
Lifestyle
Poll: General Dentistry
CE Update
Students Section
Wishlist
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