COVID-19: latest guidance for England
The latest information for dental professionals is available from the NHS England website.
This includes their standard operating procedure, Transition to recovery, a phased transition for dental practices towards the resumption of the full range of dental provision, produced with the Office for Chief Dental Officer England.
Public Health England
Your primary source of guidance on infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE) should be Public Health England.
On 20 October the COVID-19: infection prevention and control dental appendix was published, containing updated, UK-wide guidance for NHS, private and independent dental settings.
For guidance on fit testing face masks to avoid transmission during the coronavirus outbreak please see the Health and Safety Executive website.
The Office for Chief Dental Officer England
On 11 November the CDOs of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland released a joint letter to the UK dental profession outlining guidance and support available through the second COVID-19 wave.
The Office for Chief Dental Officer England (OCDO England) announced on the 27 October that the revised standard operating procedure for urgent dental centres has been published. They incorporate the recently published COVID-19: infection prevention and control dental appendix issued jointly by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC),Public Health Wales (PHW), Public Health Agency (PHA) Northern Ireland, Health Protection Scotland (HPS), Public Health Scotland, Public Health England and NHS England.
The Office for Chief Dental Officer England also published further guidance, A Prompt to Prepare, outlining considerations to take into account when preparing to resume routine dental care services. Read the CDO England statement and the full A Prompt to Prepare document for more information.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Following on from previous coronavirus (COVID-19) updates, sent to all dental providers, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) wrote to confirm the current position.