NHS Pension Contributions for Prison Dentists

NAPDUK and the BDA have been working together over the past few years to ensure that NHS pension contributions have been correctly apportioned for all dentists who have worked or are working in prison dentistry.  Those dentists affected will now be able to make the appropriate adjustments to contributions and claim their pension entitlements.  This is retroactive.  The NHS Business Services Authority has confirmed that this process is now in place.

This change applies to all prison dentists whether they are currently working in a prison, have done so in the past or have since retired.  Many of you may have seen the article on the BDA website regarding this matter.

To obtain retrospective access, those affected need to register their interest to make a claim with the NHS Business Services Authority.  The BSA form can be found here.

NAPDUK is circulating this information to all past and present members but if you are aware of any colleagues who may be affected, please advise them to go to either the NAPDUK or BDA websites for further information.

Scottish Oral Health Prison Programme

Scottish Oral Health Prison Programme

The 2019 report on the "Oral Health and Psychosocial Needs of Scottish Prisoners and Young Offenders" is available for download.  The report is the third in a series, which began in 2002, assessing the oral and dental health of prisoners.  It is also the first in the...

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College of General Dentistry

College of General Dentistry

NAPDUK is pleased to announce support for the newly formed College of General Dentistry as the aims and objectives of both organisations are closely aligned.  The College of General Dentistry will be taking over the current responsibilities of the FGDP(UK). ...

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National Service Specification 2020

National Service Specification 2020

NHS England has now published the dental service specification for prisons in England 2020.  This replaces the previous specification and focuses on a more modular approach taking into account areas providers are expected to prioritise, expected outcomes, and the...

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Prison Dental Survey

Prison Dental Survey

As many of you will be aware, Public Health England circulated an electronic questionnaire to all prisons in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in November 2017.  This was a follow up to the 2014 survey and another opportunity to provide input to shape the future of...

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Response to Parliamentary Question

Response to Parliamentary Question

NAPDUK and the BDA have worked together to produce a response to the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Committee on the effectiveness of prisons and prison healthcare services in the management of the physical health, mental health and social care needs of...

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Words Matter

Words Matter

NAPDUK has always been aware of the importance of the imagery and language we use on our website and in our publications to ensure a positive approach and avoid any possibility of stigmatisation.  What we say and how we say it is important.  The language we use should...

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NAPDUK Conferences

NAPDUK Conferences

  NAPDUK is currently undergoing a period of transition, with the committee discussing how the association can best meet the needs of those providing dental services in secure settings.  At its inception some 12 years ago, the majority of prison dental services...

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We’d Like to Hear From You

We’d Like to Hear From You

It is through talking with and meeting our members that we gain a better understanding of the issues that the dental team faces working in different secure environments.  Due to time and frequency of meetings, these conversations are often limited.  We would love to...

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Parliamentary Response

“A prison sentence is a deprivation of someone’s liberty, not a sentence to poorer health or healthcare”.

The recent Commons Select Committee (CSC) report recognises the poor health of people in prison and the need for prison reform with greater emphasis on health, wellbeing, care and recovery.  The report is critical of a lack of access to dental services.

“Government is failing in its duty of care towards people detained in England’s prisons”.