It’s vital that the needs, concerns and interests of the private dental sector is represented at the national level. We believe our members contribute enormously to the nation’s oral health and overall health. So it’s essential that the matters affecting the private sector are heard and addressed by policymakers and regulators. Private dentistry can sometimes be viewed as just about cosmetic dentistry. Although this is a small part of it, much of private dentistry is about family general dental care and improving the oral health of the nation. It is so important that this is remembered. To do this we regularly attend and host stakeholder events to provide the views of our members, we engage with parliamentarians and policymakers, and we speak on national issues affecting our members. While national engagement and representation is always important, the Covid-19 lockdown certainly reemphasised how critical this work is for our members, and we are continuing to ensure the needs of private dentistry remains heard over the coming months and years.
A strong argument could be made that Denplan was the key initiator and major driving force in developing the UK’s private dental industry, which functions symbiotically in support of the wider National Health Service to ensure that Britain’s population has access to world-beating dental care.
For more than three decades Denplan has developed strong links with all of the key stakeholders in UK dentistry, including the BDA, FGDP, BDIA, GDC, Dental manufacturers and distributors, Regulators (CQC, HIW, HIS and RQIA), the Departments of Health, University Dental Schools, dental publishing companies and more recently the newly formed British Academy of Private Dentistry and the College of General Dentistry.
By establishing this wide network of contacts we are able to keep our members informed of the latest developments throughout the profession, to help them optimise patient care, adapt to change, have happy, engaged and well-informed teams and to help support their growth and professional development, as associates or as dental businesses owners.