The Conference of Dental Technology Educational Institutions
The Conference of Dental Technology Educational Institutes (CoDTEI) was set up in 2004 to replace the Joint Colleges Liaison Committee (JCLC), in light of educational developments at the time.
The overarching aim of CoDTEI is to develop, continually improve and maintain input to dental technology education and training, and to improve liaison and collaboration with other organisations.
The driving force was the first chairman, Tony Griffin, with Caroline Logan as his vice-chair, and the inaugural meeting took place at the GDC on 27 April 2004. Since then we have seen the closure of one of the original members, Southampton City College, as a dental training provider. However, we now have 13 colleges1 within the UK who are invited to meet on a regular basis to continue the work set out in 2004 – to share development issues and improve the provision of qualifications in dental technology. Today, in addition to the BTEC qualifications, we have honours degrees and master's degree courses in orthodontics, prosthodontics, crown and bridge and reconstructive science (the modern term for the maxillofacial discipline).
And so to the present. CoDTEI is still made up of the UK dental technology training schools, supported by the DTA, with observers from the educational arms of IvoclarVivodent and Straumann UK. Current work under the present chair of Peter Nordan (Birmingham Metropolitan College) includes the sharing of best practice between colleges in the fields of student involvement, development of e-learning, distance learning, co-operation with manufacturers, liaison with laboratory owners in the vicinity of colleges, and providing data to the Centre for Work Force Intelligence who have been commissioned by Health Education England to review the current training numbers of all DCP groups so they can model the workforce numbers for the future.
The image below shows members who attended the meeting on 7 February 2014 hosted by Straumann UK.
Remit of the group:
- To develop and maintain the development of the foundation degree and BSC Hons in dental technology linked to supporting the provision and delivery of high quality education and training within the required frameworks
- To promote the development of educational assessment instruments for dental technology education and training particularly related to the fd – Dental Technology and BSc Hons via Link colleges/institutions to De Montfort University.
- To act as a forum for information exchange and dissemination on matters pertaining to dental technology education and training and with the Dental Technicians Association (DTA) and other organisations linked to PCD continuing development and the skills escalator.
- To liaise with the Department of Health (UK) and to appraise them and the Chief Dental Officers of developments in the delivery and management of dental education and training; to provide authoritative advice and to highlight issues and problems and to suggest solutions.
- To liaise with the Dental Technicians Association, other PCD professional groups and the Dental Faculties of the Surgical Royal Colleges
- To liaise with General Dental Council
- To liaise with those concerned with postgraduate dental technology education in the UK and the European Community
- To liaise with other bodies concerned with postgraduate dental technology education and training in the commercial and hospital sectors
- To be involved in any other activity which will result in improved patient care through initial registration requirements, and the postgraduate education and training of dental technicians, including the educational aspects of audit and evidence-based dental care
Constitution of the group:
Click here to read the Constitution of CoDTEI (DTA member login required)
1 Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, UCLAN