COVID-19: latest guidance for Wales
COVID-19 vaccine and priority for dental professionals
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has published interim advice on prioritisation for COVID-19 vaccination. This advice includes priority for the vaccination of all health and social care workers. The JCVI’s interim advice is available on the gov.uk website.
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.
The Welsh Government
The Welsh Government website is providing regular updates and advice on dental services in Wales.
On 7 September the Welsh Government published standard operating procedures for the dental management of non-COVID-19 patients in Wales and to Inform orthodontic treatment in Wales during COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister for Health and Social Services has released a statement lifting the Red alert in dentistry in Wales from 22 June.
Dental services can now move to the Amber phase of de-escalation, meaning all dental practices in Wales were able to open from 22 June for urgent, non-aerosol care.
Updates from the Office of Chief Dental Officer Wales
On 17 December the Office of the Chief Dental Officer for Wales issued a letter to all Primary Care Dental Teams, including details of the updated Standard Operating Procedure for the Dental Management of Non-COVID-19 Patients in Wales.
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.
On the 23 October the Welsh Chief and Deputy Chief Dental Officer shared a letter addressed to all Primary Care Dental Teams, detailing what the new firebreak restrictions mean for dentistry.
Health Education and Improvement Wales
Health Education and Improvement Wales have produced an overview of the de-escalation phases in the Welsh Government’s recovery plan for dentistry.
The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) and College of General Dentistry (CGDent)
The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) and College of General Dentistry (CGDent) have published Dentistry during COVID-19: Psychological advice for dental teams, policy makers, and communicators.
Developed by psychologists from the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Health Psychology, it offers straightforward suggestions to address common challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in dental practices, and lists resources and organisations which can support dental professionals’ mental wellbeing.