The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is encouraging dental professionals to complete a survey on the dental healthcare system’s response so far to the coronavirus outbreak in England.
The one-page online survey, run by Public Health England, contains six open questions:
- What aspects of the response went well?
- What contributed to this?
- What aspects of the response need improvement?
- How can they be improved?
- Please list up to 3 of the most significant issues which you feel need addressing as a result of what you experienced during this event
- Please add any further comments you feel would help the transition to recovery
Participants are not asked for their name, and the findings will feed into the recovery plans under development by NHS England and NHS Improvement, and inform a more extensive investigation at a later date to learn lessons.
The survey is open until Sunday 24th May and is available at https://surveys.phe.org.uk/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=8lKLln66L.
Ian Mills, Dean of FGDP(UK), has been blogging about his experiences and concerns throughout the crisis, and commented:
“Dentists and dental practices have been profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. While the safety of patients and members of the dental team is paramount, questions have been raised about the official response, and there is significant debate about the return to face-to-face dental practice. It is vital that the profession take this opportunity to have its concerns and ideas captured, both to inform a review and help shape the coming months.”