East london and City Local Dental Committee
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Message from the Office of the Chief Dental Officer

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Dental uplift
commenting on the uplift: The Deputy Chair - Peter Crooks commented that a long pay restraint has taken its toll and the profession will be reluctant to return to recommendations that fail to reflect the cost of living.
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New S.O.P
a phased transition for dental practices towards the resumption of the full range of dental provision
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Fit testing face masks - update
There has been a new update provided by the Health & Safety Executive regarding Fit Testing. Please see link below
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Secretariat Office
Abbey Road
Health Centre
28a Abbey Road

E15 3LT

Tel 0208 5555 800

Tam Bekele


Help for General Dental Practitioners...

The Dentists’ Health Support Programme (formerly known as the Sick Dentist Scheme) helps dentists working in general dental practice who are in need of – but not seeking - medical attention due to the misuse of one or more substances.  A majority, but not all cases are alcohol/drug related.

The Support Programme – which can be accessed by calling the confidential help-line number below - can be used by any dentist who may be abusing a substance or by someone (a colleague, ancillary staff, family member or a friend) who is concerned about a dentist who may be abusing a substance.

The caller will be put in contact with a Local Supporter in the appropriate geographical area or with the Co-ordinator of the Programme.  Local Supporters are usually retired or semi-retired dentists, who are trained and willing to make time to help colleagues. The Local Supporter will contact a Special Referee and help establish whether the dentist needs help.  Special Referees are dentists who have recovered from alcohol/drug addiction.  They have all received specialist training for this role.

The Programme is funded by a Trust which raises money from within the profession to finance training and support for the Special Referees, who provide the help to dentists.  Local Supporters are trained and re-trained from a central budget, although Local Dental Committees usually pay for associated travel costs.  In addition, LDCs usually meet the travelling and subsistence costs of Local Supporters directly  involved in case work.
If you know of a dentist who might be helped by the Dentists’ Health Support Programme, please call the following confidential number, which is also widely advertised in the dental press:

(020) 7487 3119