Denplan £2 million Investment in PPE

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Denplan’s £2m PPE investment demonstrates long-term commitment to the dental profession

Denplan, part of Simplyhealth, has taken a significant step today to show its commitment to the long-term success of the dental profession, its ongoing support for member dentists in the UK, and for the care of their patients.

The company has announced its £2 million investment to provide essential, fully-certified, personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Denplan member dentists get safely back to work and protect and care for their patients.

As the UK's leading dental payment plan specialist, Denplan has over 2 million customers with around 6,700 member dentists, as well as serving over 2,700 companies with Denplan employee benefit schemes. However, the closure of dental practices since the 23rd March has created a significant impact on practices, their patients, and access to oral healthcare across the UK.

Although a definitive date is currently unknown, there is increasing speculation that practices will reopen in the near future now that the COVID-19 national lockdown restrictions are being eased in some sectors.

Denplan has made the decision to invest in PPE now as one of a number of support measures put in place since lockdown in order to help member practices survive in these difficult times, ensure they can reopen safely, and also to ensure that patients can confidently start attending appointments again.

News this week from the BDA has emphasised the importance of getting dentists back to work and pointed out how private dentists are particularly exposed to financial difficulties, added to the concern that access to healthcare is going to get even worse for patients with a widening oral health gap.

Romana Abdin, Chief Executive at Simplyhealth, said: “Coronavirus has affected all of us deeply, both at work and in our personal lives. As a company, we are incredibly passionate about our purpose, which is to provide access to affordable healthcare for the many, a role we have been meeting for 148 years.

“This investment, alongside the range of support measures we have provided since lockdown, demonstrates our purpose in action, our continued support for our Denplan members, our commitment to the long-term success of the dental industry, and the provision of essential dental healthcare to our members’ patients.”

Denplan is currently in final stage discussions with dental suppliers in the UK to create a robust operational process to provide essential PPE equipment to their member practices. Qualifying Denplan member practices will be allocated a fund, based on their Denplan patient numbers, which they can use to order vital PPE equipment directly from the chosen supplier.

This fund allows Denplan practices to select from a range of PPE items to help ensure the safety of their patients and dental teams.

Catherine Rutland, Clinical Director at Denplan, adds: “This has been such a difficult time for the whole dental profession. Our aim is to support our members in returning to practice by providing the standard of guidance that they expect from us, to provide safe practice and the PPE to enact that.

“We have also been working closely with our members to provide clinical and business guidance to help them return to work once all official government guidelines can be adhered to safely.

“We have always strived to create a partnership with our members’ and have worked hard to ensure that we provide added value services from our clinical team and our dedicated business consultants to contribute to a successful dental practice for the long term.”

Denplan has introduced a number of other new measures to help support its member dentists during the Coronavirus lockdown. These have focused on three key areas:

• To support practice sustainability and provide financial support through extended loans;

• Supporting the health and wellbeing of dentists via free access to Simplyhealth’s 24-7 virtual GP and Employee Assistance Programme for practices;

• Through ongoing CPD and professional development, which has included hosting a wide range of online lectures with expert guest speakers, and creating online versions of Denplan’s Tailor Made Training bespoke in-practice training programmes.

Notes:

1] There is currently no VAT to pay on PPE due to emergency measures brought in during the global pandemic and all PPE will have full certification and carry the CE mark/BSO mark.

2] BDA statement, click HERE.

3] PPE fund will be available to all Denplan member dentists apart from large corporates and any practices who are in the process of leaving Denplan.