Useful resources

The position regarding COVID-19 continues to change. Our advice is to stay up to date with the latest guidance from relevant government departments and agencies. See below for links to some of the relevant websites across the four nations.

GDC guidance

GDC: COVID-19 - latest guidance

Infection prevention and control recommendations

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings

COVID-19: Guidance for the remobilisation of services within health and care settings

COVID-19: Infection prevention and control dental appendix 

COVID-19 guidance for England

As of the 19 July 2021, England is in step 4 of its COVID-19 response. Consequently, in a recent letter co-signed by chief dental officer Sara Hurley, it was confirmed that healthcare settings will continue to maintain robust infection prevention and control procedures in line with government advice. Guidance from Public Health England on COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC) continues to apply until further notice.

The IPC guidance confirms that patients should still be encouraged and supported to wear a face mask, providing it is not detrimental to their care.

The standard operating procedures that have been in force since March 2020 will be reviewed. As the country transitions towards recovery, practices should work towards continuing the safe and effective restoration of clinical activity and capacity in line with the standard operating procedures. This is also with regard to the recently updated national infection prevention control.

NHS England's COVID-19 advice

COVID-19 guidance for Scotland

Scottish dental

COVID-19 guidance for Wales

The Welsh government's advice on COVID-19

COVID-19 guidance for Northern Ireland

HSC Business Services Organisation - key dental advice

Need more advice? See all of our coronavirus dento-legal guidance.

This page was correct at publication on 21/07/2021. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.