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7th November 2017DTA Fellowship Nominations

Do you know someone who deserves a DTA Fellowship?


Please visit the DTA Fellowship page to download an Nomination Form (requires DTA member login)


7th November 2017DTA President's November Blog is now available

Please visit the President's Blog page to read James' November Blog


7th November 2017Chance to have your say: DoH publish consultation on healthcare regulation: Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation

The Department of Health have published their consultation on health professional regulation.

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31st October 2017Prosthetics technician required in East London

Small but busy dental lab based in East London Looking for a Prosthetic technician.


All levels considered from beginner through to experienced technician.

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We are looking for someone who can work as part of a team and on an individual basis.


Salary will be based on ability and experience.


Please email Joanne@chingford-dental.co.uk or phone 020 8531 1212


27th October 2017BDIA Leads EU Initiative on Brexit

The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) and Federation of the European Dental Industry (FIDE), as the trade associations representing the dental industry in the United Kingdom and Europe, have today issued a joint letter outlining their priorities for the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

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The initiative, proposed by the BDIA, saw a letter addressed to the European Chief Negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier and the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, highlighting the important economic and public health role played by the dental technology and devices sector, and calling for action to be taken to safeguard it. [Click here to view the letter]

BDIA Chief Executive, Edmund Proffitt, comments, “The measures outlined by our associations would ensure that our industry is able to continue to provide access to innovative dental technology in the UK and throughout the EU, to the benefit of patient oral health and the economy, beyond the UK’s exit from the EU in March 2019”.

Chief amongst these measures is a commitment to parity of UK and EU legislation after Brexit. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union came at a critical point for the dental industry, coinciding with the publication of the EU Medical Device Regulations (MDR), and future divergence in legislation would risk disadvantaging both patients and businesses across Europe.

Other priorities to ensure a successful outcome to the negotiations include the maintenance of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s involvement in ongoing discussions concerning medical device regulation, the continued adoption of the CE marking process for medical devices and allowing UK Notified Bodies to operate under the MDR.



Bracon is delighted to introduce – our new Centre based at Broad Oak in East Sussex. This facility will provide a HUB in the South of England for all Dental Professionals and is part of Bracon’s continued commitment to the Dental Team.


With good links to Gatwick Airport, the Euro Tunnel and London, the Centre is ideally located in the beautiful Sussex landscape, and within easy driving distance of the coast. With very inexpensive local accommodation, many delegates take advantage of all that Sussex offers.

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You are assured of a very warm welcome at Bracon and the centre is here for your benefit. We look forward to seeing you at the Bracon International Training and Education Centre some time soon.


For all course bookings please contact customer services on 01580 817000, email sales@bracon.co.uk or via our website at www.bracon.co.uk


The full postal address is: Bracon International Training and Education Centre, Swife Business Park, Burwash Road, Broad Oak, East Sussex, TN21 8UP


27th October 2017Help raise funds for Den-Tech

Help raise money by collecting FREE funds every time you shop online


The objectives of Den-Tech is to help to relieve poverty by the provision of dental appliances to those patients who are in need and unable to afford them in both the UK and abroad, we also provide training, mentoring and education for dental technicians in developing countries to enable them to supply appropriate quality dental appliances.

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We will be working with the homeless charity Crisis at christmas this year to provide the homeless with simple dentures and repairs if required to their existing appliances and are trying to raise funds to support this and our other ongoing work.


We have signed up to easyfundraising to help us raise much needed funds and have produced a leaflet to advertise this.


For more information (pdf) please click here


We hope you would consider distributing it around your friends, family or contacts for us? or if you would at least consider placing it on your notice boards at work?


13th October 2017GDC publish new enhanced CPD guidance.

The General Dental Council has published several enhanced CPD guidance documents.

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The documents include:


• Enhanced CPD guidance for dental professionals

• The GDC’s Personal development plan (PDP) template

• PDP: examples for using the template

• The GDC’s activity log template

• Activity log: examples for using the template

• Enhanced CPD guidance for CPD providers


Read more @ https://www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/enhanced-cpd


2nd October 2017DTA Fellowship presented to Sue Adams

Congratulations to Sue Adams, who was presented with a DTA Fellowship on Saturday 30 September.

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Presenting the Fellowship, DTA President James Green said ‘Much of the DTA’s success is because of Sue Adams, who has been at the heart of our professional body for 25 years. As Chief Executive, Sue is exceptionally hardworking and driven but is never satisfied with the progress that has been made and never stops pushing the organisation forward’.


22nd September 2017Enhanced CPD

As you know next year the General Dental Council’s Enhanced Continuing Professional Development (ECPD) scheme is commencing for both dentists (1 January 2018) and dental care professionals (1 August 2018).

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The new requirements are listed below:


1. 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 hours will be:

  • Dentists – 100 hours
  • Dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians - 75 hours
  • Dental nurses and dental technicians – 50 hours

2. The reduction of CPD hours overall for all dental professionals, due to the removal of non-verifiable CPD;
3. Make a mandatory annual statement of the CPD hours that have been carried out which meet the requirements;
4. Maintain a Personal Development Plan which details planned CPD to be undertaken and the associated GDC development outcomes;
5. Maintain a log of completed activity, including date, number of hours completed and which development outcome it covered;
6. Keep evidence (e.g. a certificate) for each verifiable activity


Matthew Hill Executive Director – Strategy will be speaking at this year’s Dental Showcase on 19 October 2017, where he will launch the personal development plan template and the ECPD guidance for registrants and CPD providers. We would be grateful if you could inform your networks by using your communication channels (such as your websites and newsletters) of his talk and encourage them register and attend, should they be going to the conference.


The details of his talk at the Dental Showcase are as follows:


When: 19 October 2017 Venue: Birmingham NEC Theatre: Practice of the Future Time: 13:00-13:30


22nd September 2017News from the GDC - Self-filtering complaints system

In Shifting the balance we committed to plans to enhance first tier complaint procedures, and are pleased to announce the launch of a self-filtering complaints system.


From this week, this will be the primary route for individuals to contact us with any concerns.

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The patient or member of the public will need to go through several steps (self-filtering) to make sure the GDC is the most appropriate organisation, before being given the option to submit any information.


These steps will redirect concerns to other organisations and make sure we only receive complaints we can respond to, allowing us to focus resources on serious concerns about a dental professional’s performance or conduct.


We are committed to ensuring dental practices should be the first point of contact for most complaints and, where appropriate, will always encourage an individual to use this route to raise any concerns.


5th September 2017Product News :: The crown that rules them all

The crown that rules them all - For a strong and esthetic restoration that you can trust, discover the high-translucency, multilayered full-contour zirconia (FCZ) implant crown from Nobel Biocare.

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FCZ ImplantFor a strong and esthetic restoration that you can trust, discover the high-translucency, multilayered full-contour zirconia (FCZ) implant crown from Nobel Biocare.


A monolithic material, it significantly reduces the risk of porcelain chipping. The full-contour properties also deliver outstanding esthetics, for natural-looking restorations your dentists and their patients will be delighted with.


About the FCZ, lab owner Daniel Rosa commented:

“One of the first things that struck me was the accuracy offered by the NobelProcera production, right down to the occlusal detail.

“The only word that comes to mind is ‘exact’. Basically, whatever we design is then exactly transferred digitally by our NobelProcera 2G Scanner and exactly reproduced back into the physical world in zirconia via the NobelProcera milling centers.
“I know some technicians have concerns about the esthetics of full-contour products like this, but I’d suggest they reserve judgment with this one until they’ve tried it. With creative staining techniques, the NobelProcera FCZ Implant Crown can be made to look good in most situations.”

Nobel Biocare is delighted to have extended the FCZ range of solutions to now include implant bridges. Find out more today.

For more information about Nobel Biocare, please call 0208 756 3300, or visit www.nobelbiocare.com


29th August 2017Andrea Johnson to take part in the Two Peaks Glen Cova sponsored walk in aid of Den-Tech

Den-Tech is a brilliant and unique charity that has been set up by Andrea and a few other fellow technicians to help restore both the quality of life and dignity of those who cannot afford, or do not have access to good quality dental care both in the UK and in developing countries.

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Andrea JohnsonThis is her charity and passion as she strongly believes that everyone DESERVES to look and feel normal and to be able to eat and speak well.


Andrea will be participating in the Two Peaks Glen Clova sponsored walk to raise money for Den-Tech on 7 October. To sponsor Andrea and Den-Tech please go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/glenclova2peaks


For more information about the charity visit www.den-tech.org


24th August 2017TALKING ABOUT CANCER: reducing risk, early detection and mythbusting

Join Cancer Research UK’s free online cancer awareness course now!


Did you know that around 4 in 10 cases of cancer in the UK could be prevented?

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At Cancer Research UK we think it’s essential for all health workers, including dental staff, to feel confident and well-equipped to talk openly with patients about cancer risk factors, and signs and symptoms. Knowing what to say and how to say it can make a real difference to you and your patients.


Our free online course Talking About Cancer: reducing risk, early detection and mythbusting has proved to be a huge success in building health professionals’ confidence and “know-how” to:

Separate myths from facts
Explore people’s cancer awareness, attitudes and barriers
Encourage those around them to take positive action for their health


Over 7500 people worldwide have already taken part – join us to gain practical skills and resources for having conversations that could help save lives. Watch the course trailer to find out more.


Talking About Cancer is led by our expert trainers Gwen Kaplan and Gill Kilgour, drawing on their years of experience as nurses. You’ll learn through quizzes, articles, interactive discussion and video scenarios demonstrating conversational dos and don’ts.


Here’s what some a couple of previous participants have said about how it’s benefitted them:


“The course has surpassed my expectations not only for the valuable information related to cancer and awareness, also to the transferable ideas and tools provided…I feel much more confident in talking about cancer with others“

- Debbie, health professional


“I believe passionately that a course like this, that encourages people to be open about health issues and points the way to reliable resources, can save lives”

- Barbara, person affected by cancer



Sign up now at cruk.org/talkingaboutcancer
Takes around 3 hours, at your own pace
Works on mobile, tablet or desktop


15th August 2017Update from the GDC on Enhanced Continuing Professional Development

With four months to go before launch, we continue to raise awareness about Enhanced Continuing Professional Development (ECPD). As of 1 January 2018 for dentists and 1 August 2018 for dental care professionals, the following changes to continuing professional development will take place...

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  • 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;
    • dentists - 100 hours,
    • dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians - 75 hours and
    • dental nurses and dental technicians – 50 hours.
  • The reduction of CPD hours overall for all dental professionals, due to the removal of non-verifiable CPD;
  • The need to make a mandatory annual declaration of the CPD hours that have been carried out which meet the requirements;
  • The requirement of a Personal Development Plan which details planned CPD to be undertaken and the associated GDC learning outcomes;
  • 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.

To avoid confusion during transition we have developed an online tool which provides a summary of CPD requirements for those in mid cycle when the enhanced CPD scheme starts. This tool will tell you have many hours of CPD you need to carry out in the current and new scheme. All you need to know is what CPD cycle you are on. After this CPD year is complete and your hours have been declared, you will also be able to log into eGDC to check the exact numbers of hours you need to complete for your cycle.


We are currently developing some other information to help you understand the new requirements for ECPD and are working on the responses from the consultation on our guidance for registrants and CPD providers, and the personal development plan. We intend to publish these documents in the autumn.


Read our frequently asked questions on our website at www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/enhanced-cpd




The British Association of Dental Nurses, the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, joined the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and other prominent dental associations in condemning the decision of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation not to vaccinate boys against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

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Girls aged 12-13 have been vaccinated against HPV on the NHS since 2008, and boys are vaccinated in eleven other countries; but the JCVI’s recent interim statement suggests that boys in the UK will not receive the same protection, despite the fact that HPV causes 5% of all cancers. 2,000 men a year in the UK, almost half of whom will die from the condition within five years, are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer. The statement recognizes that “HPV vaccine in boys ……would provide those vaccinated with direct protection against HPV infection and associated disease” but rejects vaccination of boys on the grounds that it would not be “a cost effective use of health service resources in the UK setting”. The JCVI decision was made despite the fact that a recent survey of FGDP(UK), BDA and BMA members showed that 97% of dentists and 94% of GPs backed vaccination of boys.


HPV Action, of which BADN is a member, disputes the cost-effective rationale, estimating that vaccinating boys would cost no more than £22m a year, and that existing secondary care costs of treating HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer alone are likely to exceed £21m. Peter Baker, HPV Action Campaign Director, said “It is astonishing that the Government’s vaccination advisory committee has ignored advice from patient organisations, doctors treating men with HPV-related cancers, public health experts and those whose lives have been devastated by HPV. The interim decision not to vaccinate boys is about saving money not public health or equity. HPV Action will continue to make the case for a national vaccination programme that protects men and women equally and will be calling on ministers to make the right decision if the JCVI continues along its current path . There may also be grounds for a legal challenge on the grounds that a decision to leave boys and men at risk breaches equality law.”


BADN President Jane Dalgarno said “BADN supports the HPV Action campaign and calls upon its members to lobby their MPs to make them aware of the seriousness of this matter.”


7th August 2017Brand new charity Den-Tech launches

Den-Tech is the brain child of dental technicians Andrea Johnson and Andrew Sinclair who after visiting Uganda with a clinically orientated dental charity realised that there was a great need for quality dental technology services in the country and other developing countries like it.

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The Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) they have set up is designed to relieve poverty by the provision of affordable dental appliances to those patients who are in need and unable to afford such items and in furtherance of this, to provide training, mentoring and education for dental technicians in developing countries to enable them to supply appropriate quality dental appliances. This is also in addition to supporting those most needy within our own country - the homeless.

There are many charities which provide the incredibly valuable service of ‘dental pain clinics’ but no real provision for the restoration of the dentition thereafter. This can leave patients with large gaps where teeth have been extracted meaning that they can quite often struggle to eat and chew their food well, to speak properly and to look and feel normal.

Andrea and Andrew felt very passionately that this should not continue and that if they could set up a high quality, supported working and training dental laboratory in the country they could help provide not only a little help now but a legacy of support and training that could be a leg up to the native people and not just a temporary hand out.

Den-TechThey set up their charity called Den-Tech in 2017 and have enlisted a board of trustees who are equally as passionate about using their skills and resources to help out those less fortunate. The board of trustees now comprises of Andrea Johnson, Andrew Sinclair, Delroy Reeves, Edward Mapley, Jade Oakes Stott and Robert Williams, you can view brief biographies of the trustees on Den-Techs website https://www.den-tech.org/

This drive and enthusiasm has now extended to helping out those less fortunate in the UK, the homeless. This new project in addition to the existing overseas ones has received a fantastic amount of support from the dental technician community who are pulling together to provide a full range of dental technology services free to those most vulnerable and needy in our society.

Our wonderful flagship supporters Blueprint dental who have already donated and continue to donate an incredible amount of dental materials and equipment on behalf of their customers have now put their full weight and resources into helping this project to succeed. It can only go from strength to strength.

It is also only through the generosity companies such as Blueprint Dental, DB orthodontics, John Winter, Schottlander and WHW and of course the brilliant community of dental technicians around the country that can make this charity a success, so from the bottom of our hearts we, the Den-Tech trustees thank you and look forward to us all achieving great things together in the months and years to come.
We are now looking for additional volunteers from the technician sector as well as any clinicians who would like to donate their time and skills to this really worthwhile cause, especially for the UK projects.


If you would like to know more, volunteer your services, donate equipment and supplies or make a donation or get involved in a sponsored event to help raise funds please visit our website on the contact us page or email dentech.chair@gmail.com
Those that actively support us also get the exclusive use of our supporter’s logo to display on their web pages, literature, Facebook pages etc so please look out for this as you will know that each one of them is a good person/company who has gone out of their way to help make this world a better place by helping us to restore lives one smile at time.

If you would like to become one of our supporters and also receive your copy of our supporter’s logo please do not hesitate to get in touch and see in which ways you can help, it is together that we are stronger and together that we can make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

Please visit us on our website: www.den-tech.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Dentech1/#

LinkedIn: https://twitter.com/DenTech_charity



28th July 2017GDC suspends registration of dentist for using counterfeit and non-compliant dental equipment

The recent GDC Fitness to Practise hearing concerning a dentist’s purchase and use of counterfeit dental devices highlights the dangers to both patient and professional registration from using counterfeit and non-compliant devices. It also reinforces the need to exercise common sense and care when purchasing dental equipment and to have adequate systems in place to ensure that equipment is genuine, compliant and safe to use.

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The GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee determined that the dentist’s registration should be suspended for a period of 3 months.


Edmund Proffitt, BDIA Chief Executivecomments, “The recent GDC hearing is a stark reminder of the seriousness of using of counterfeit dental devices. It may also sound alarm bellsfor any dentists who may have purchased from unreliable sources and emphasises the importance of purchasing from reputable suppliers.”


The BDIA’saward winning Counterfeit and Sub-standard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI), operated in partnership with the MHRA, has worked hardover the last two yearsto raise the awareness of GDC registrants to the dangers of counterfeit and non-compliant dental devicesthrough its hard-hitting press and information campaign.


The BDIA recommends that all purchases, however small, are made from a reputable supplier and that all suspect instruments, and devices are reported to the appropriate authorities at the earliest opportunity. Devices can be reported at www.bdia.org.uk/device-reporting.html


The GDC Hearing Summary can be read by clicking here



 CSIDI Counterfeit Advert



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


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