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27th July 2017Orthodontic Technicians Association Annual Conference

The Orthodontic Technicians Association will this year hold its annual conference in the Manchester Convention Complex on the 15 & 16 of September once again alongside the British Orthodontic Congress

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It will have some of the best international speakers such as

  • Emanuele Paoletto
  • Stefano Negrini
  • Roger Harman
  • Thomas Bussman

and will also include some our very best UK speakers such as

  • David Sainsbury
  • Raya Karaganeva
  • Hemhendra Shah

to name but a few. The topics to be covered range from Facial transplant to digital technologies and education, with two full days of lectures and core VCPD workshops there should be something for everyone.


This is not forgetting that all delegates will have access to a massive trade exhibition and scientific poster displays during the day.


Full delegates will also benefit from our own dedicated OTA Conference hotel near to the conference centre, a welcome buffet on arrival on Friday evening in the hotel and the very popular OTA black tie gala dinner will be held on the Saturday evening with fine dining and live music till midnight.


For more information and to book your place please visit www.ota-uk.org.


OTA Conference 2017



The BDIA is delighted to announce that its 2017 BDIA CSIDI (Counterfeits and Substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative) advertising campaign is the winner of the Highest Believability category and joint winner of the Highest Information Value category in the latest BDJ Readex Research.

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Edmund Proffitt, Chief Executive of the BDIA, comments “We are really pleased that our CSIDI campaign is having such an impact on BDJ readers. The campaign not only conveys useful and relevant information to the profession, but serves to highlight the very real and significant dangers associated with counterfeit and non-compliant instruments and devices across the dental sector.”


Partnering with the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) for the CSIDI campaign reflects the BDIA’s continued commitment to tackling the issue of unscrupulous vendors selling poor quality, substandard, counterfeit and illegal products, usually online. Highlighting the importance of making the decision to purchase from reliable, reputable suppliers to the profession means that the end-user has the assurance of high-quality products that meet all necessary requirements, and will not endanger the user or patient, nor risk action from the courts or regulatory bodies.


For further information on the BDIA or CSIDI, please visit www.bdia.org.uk


21st June 2017News from the GDC - Enhanced Continuing Professional Development is on its way

At the GDC's May Council meeting, plans to introduce Enhanced Continuing Professional Development (ECPD) were approved. These are changes to the five year CPD cycle which are due to happen on 1 January 2018 if you are a dentist, and 1 August 2018 if you are a dental care professional.

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The main changes are:

  • An increase in the number of verifiable hours for some registrant types and the requirement to spread the hours more evenly across the five-year cycle.
  • The reduction of CPD hours overall for all dental professionals, due to the removal of non-verifiable CPD.
  • The need to make an annual declaration of the CPD hours you have carried out which meet the requirements.
  • The requirement for a Personal Development Plan which details planned CPD to be undertaken and associated learning outcome.
  • A log of completed activity, including date, number of hours and which learning outcome it covered.
  • The collected evidence (e.g. a certificate) for each activity.

There will be transitional arrangements for those who are mid-cycle on the changeover dates and those registrants will need to complete some CPD based on the current scheme, and some on the new scheme. More information will be available in the autumn.

The GDC have compiled some frequently asked questions about ECPD which you can view at www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/enhanced-cpd


21st June 2017News from the GDC - DCP annual renewal opens

Annual Renewal opened for DCPs on Friday 16 June. The easiest way to renew is to use eGDC, where you can make your Annual Retention Fee payment, declare your indemnity and update your CPD hours

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You can also update your personal details.


To renew your registration you will need to:

1 Pay your Annual Retention Fee
2 Declare your indemnity
3 Update your CPD hours, if it's the end of your cycle.

Please ensure all payments and declarations are made by midnight, 31 July 2017. If you have further questions please email renewal@gdc-uk.org


20th June 2017New Guidance Documents available

9 New Health and Safety Guidance Documents are available for members to download on the Guidance Documents page of this website


13th June 2017FGDP(UK) supports drive to improve oral health in care homes

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is supporting a new standards document from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on oral health promotion in care homes.

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Over 425,000 people in the UK live in care homes, and the new quality standard recommends that residents have their oral health needs assessed on admission and recorded in their personal care plans, and are supported to clean their teeth twice a day and/or their dentures daily.


Dr Paul Batchelor, a Fellow and Board-member-elect of the FGDP, Editor of the Faculty’s forthcoming guidance on dementia-friendly dental practice, and a member of the Quality Standards Advisory Committee which developed the new standard, commented:


“The degree of oral health provision in care homes is highly variable, but these basic measures – assessing, recording and daily cleaning - could significantly improve the health and quality of life of residents, and should be applied universally.”


NICE published a clinical guideline on the oral health of adults in care homes last year, and has also produced a quick guide resource for care home managers on improving residents’ oral health.



13th June 2017DTA Fellowship Presented to Ashley Byrne

Congratulations to Ashley Byrne who was presented with a DTA Fellowship at the recent BDA Honours and Awards Gala dinner.


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Ashley Byrne - Fellowship AwardAshley Byrne was presented with a DTA Fellowship by James Green, President, at the BDA Honours and Awards Gala dinner in Manchester on 26th May.


26th May 2017Dentaid thanks DTA members

DTA have received a letter from Dentaid thanking us for our donation to them


Click here to read the pdf version


18th May 2017Appreciation and Congratulations at the BACDT Awards 2017

The Dental Technology Showcase 2017 (DTS) was delighted to host the 3rd awards ceremony of the British Academy of Clinical Dental Technology (BACDT). Held in the CDT Conference Theatre, clinical dental technicians gathered to celebrate the achievements of BACDT members and to discover the winners of the awards, which were judged from over 500 patient nominations.

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BACDT AwardsThe President of the BACDT addressed an enthusiastic audience, emphasising that although the association may be small in numbers, it is large on talent and has a huge impact not just on patients’ smiles but also their lives. As a group the BACDT champions and supports the profession and it was a great moment when members were rewarded for their dedication, care and hard work with awards and certificates in five categories.


As well as mentioning the nominees and those CDTs that received highly commended, the winners were announced as:


• Member of the Year - Ben Brookshaw from the Denture Clinic
• Best Patient Experience - Matt Burnell from Lichfield Smiles
• Most Welcoming practice - Mike Brindle from Flyde Clinic
• Best Patient Information - David Parsons from First Impressions Stalybridge
• The Extra Mile Award - Matt Burnell from Lichfield smiles.


Having won two of the prestigious awards, Matt Burnell spoke after the ceremony:

I am very, very chuffed. I believe that I do a good job, but being presented with this award galvanises it.”


All members were thanked for their commitment to patient care and the professionalism that they deliver in the provision of an excellent service from the initial consultation right through to the final visit. Congratulations were extended to all and the event proudly illustrated the BACDT as a leading professional association that supports the talents and advancements of clinical dental technologists in the UK.


DTS 2018 will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with The Dentistry Show.
For further details, visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270
or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


15th May 2017DTS 2017 - Slideshow

To view the slide show, please visit www.dta-uk.org/dts2017-slideshow.php


8th May 2017CLAPA Awareness Week 6th – 14th May 2017

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) is the only national charity supporting people and families affected by cleft lip and/or palate in the UK. Our vision is a world where having a cleft is no barrier to achieving your desires and ambitions.


As part of the Cleft Lip and Palate (CLAPA) awareness week, Andrew John Tinkler will be raising funds and awareness by partaking in the Great North Swim in Windermere on the 10th June 2017.

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If you’d like to donateAndrew’s JustGiving page can be found below:-


“I'm currently raising awareness and donations for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) and will be swimming the Great North Swim in Windermere on the 10th June for this wonderful charity. Please check out my JustGiving page below for updates on my training or to make a donation. A x.”



About CLAPA –
The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) is the only national charity supporting people and families affected by cleft lip and/or palate in the UK. Our vision is a world where having a cleft is no barrier to achieving your desires and ambitions.

CLAPA was set up in 1979 as a partnership between parents and health professionals, and this remains a core value of ours. The charity works to provide non-medical services which complement the medical care provided by the specialist NHS Cleft Teams, and aims to support people with cleft and their families from infancy through to adulthood.

CLAPA’s National Office is based in London with a network of volunteer-run Branches and groups all across the UK.

What does CLAPA do? –
Since 1979, The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) has been the only national charity dedicated to all those with and affected by cleft lipand/orpalate in the UK.

We reach out to families from the moment of diagnosis and help them through any difficulties they have before and after the birth of their child by providing a specialist feeding service as well as targeted information and a national network of trained volunteers providing one-to-one emotional support and local events and meet-ups. This first contact is the start of what we see as lifelong support of children born with a cleft and their families, from infancy through to adulthood.

We work closely with the nine specialist cleft teams in the UK as well as generic health professionals to ensure that people receive the best possible care.

Branch Network
Branches are key to involving and supporting people affected by cleft across the UK. Branches are the heart of the region in which they operate, bringing together everything that we do and strengthening links between CLAPA and the local Cleft Teams.

Branches are run by a minimum of 5 volunteers and exist to reach out to people in the CLAPA Community, to be the voice of their local area and help us to provide the support that people need.

A Branch will usually run activities and events across the region for different age groups, and as a minimum will organise a Christmas party and an AGM annually.

One-On-One Support
CLAPA has trained parent and adult volunteers to support others one-on-one. Our UK-wide network of Parent and Peer Supporters are trained to:
• Support others who are going through what they have experienced
• Be a support to their local Cleft Team
• Understand the potential emotional responses of different family members
• Refer appropriately to others, e.g. Cleft Teams
• Provide information about CLAPA’s services

All of our Parent and Peer Supporters have undergone a two day training course ran by CLAPA and any conversations with them will be confidential.

Patient Voices
Patient Voices Groups are people (current or previous patients and parents) who meet quarterly and are involved in discussions about the service provided by the Regional Cleft team, with the aim of supporting them to provide the best possible care to people affected by cleft lip and/or palate. In the current models we are running across the country, the groups are facilitated by CLAPA and supported by the local cleft team.

To find out more about what CLAPA does, use this link - https://www.clapa.com/about-us/what-we-do/


3rd May 2017New Annual Appraisal Documents available

New Annual Appraisal Forms and Guidance Notes are available for Appraisers and Appraisees in a new section within the Human Resources area on the Guidance Documents page of this website (member login required)


25th April 2017Overwhelming support from dentists for gender-neutral HPV vaccinations

The overwhelming majority of dentists and GPs are backing calls for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme to be expanded to school aged boys, according to a new survey.


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In the new poll published by the campaign coalition HPV Action for World Immunisation Week (24th-28th April), 97% of dentists backed expansion of the programme, with the same proportion saying if they had a son they would want them to receive the vaccination. 94% of GPs said they would support both positions.


The survey was sent to members of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), the British Dental Association and the British Medical Association. Findings come as the Government’s vaccination advisory committee (JCVI) moves towards a decision on whether boys should be given the HPV vaccination.


Up to 80% of sexually active people will be infected by HPV at some point in their lives. 5% of all cancers are caused by HPV and some of these, notably oral cancers, are now rising sharply in incidence. HPV-related cancers such as anal cancer are also among the hardest to diagnose and treat.


Parliamentarians from all parties have signed an open letter to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, urging him to ensure that the UK doesn’t miss this opportunity to eradicate some of the fastest-rising cancers in the developed world.


Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK) said: “The incidence of oral cancer has increased dramatically over the last decade, and over two-thirds of diagnoses are in men. HPV is a main causative agent, and the introduction of the NHS vaccination programme for girls has led to a significant reduction in the prevalence of the virus among women. Yet with over 2,000 men a year in the UK diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer - of whom almost half will die from the condition within five years – it is clear that current measures are not working for everyone. The view of oral health professionals is resounding - many of these lives could and should be saved by also vaccinating boys against HPV.”


Mick Armstrong, Chair of the BDA's Principal Executive Committee, said: “HPV is the leading cause of oro-pharyngeal cancers and men are just as likely to develop it as women so where is the logic – or fairness – in targeting protection to one section of the population? It is morally indefensible to allow people to contract cancer when prevention – the new NHS mantra – could be so cheap and easy. Cancers affecting the mouth and throat have a huge impact on the quality of people’s lives, so it’s frustrating for dentists, who are often the first to detect them, knowing how easily they could have been prevented."

Dr Andrew Green, a member of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC), said: “If we want to see an end to some of the most aggressive and hard to treat cancers such as throat, head, neck and anal cancer, boys as well as girls must be given the HPV vaccination. It is ridiculous that people are still dying from these cancers when their life could have easily been saved by a simple injection.”


Peter Baker, HPV Action Campaign Director, said: “HPV affects men and women equally and both sexes therefore deserve equal protection though a national vaccination programme. It is now time for the Government’s vaccination advisory committee to look up from its financial spreadsheets and act to end the suffering of those men and women affected by easily-preventable diseases caused by HPV.”


HPV Action is asking members of the public, especially the parents of boys, to sign an online petition demanding gender-neutral vaccination: http://bit.ly/2nHaUul and will be calling on all political parties to commit themselves to gender-neutral HPV vaccination during the forthcoming General Election campaign.


11th April 2017MMU poster presentations, April 2017

To view the slide show, please visit www.dta-uk.org/mmu-poster-presentations-2017.php



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