4th September 2019Update your PDP and starting a new year of CPD
A new year of CPD activity begins from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020 and with it some changes to the DTA CPD area resulting from member feedback. Your personal development plan (PDP) for 2018–2019 is still there but you need to review and update it with your changes for 2019–2020.
Reflection is a big part of the GDC’s Enhanced CPD and with it a developed DTA CPD area. Last year we introduced two tick box questions for reflection at the end of every CPD activity. We’ve developed it further with an additional four open questions to help you reflect on what you have just learnt, your personal experience and how this applies to your field of practice. If you complete these questions at the time of doing your CPD, your reflection will be uploaded to your individual CPD Certificate and will be automatically transferred into your DTA log book.
Additional four questions for reflection:
1 What did you learn from this activity and was it helpful?
2 How will you apply this learning to your field of practice?
3 Have you identified changes that you will make to your daily work?
4 What benefits will colleagues or patients gain from your recent learning?
Based on aspects of the KOLB CYCLE1
Where you undertake learning and have quality certificates from other providers, the DTA CPD area allows you to upload these CPD certificates and your reflection for recording in your personal log book.
We hope these changes enhance the DTA’s provision of CPD to all our members, and as always, your feedback is welcome.
1 Kolb Learning Styles [Accessed May 2019]
4th September 2019The countdown to DTS 2020 begins
With a successful DTS 2019 enjoyed by all members of the dental lab community, the countdown has now begun for 2020.
Professionals can expect more of the same high quality education, with renowned speakers visiting from across the UK and abroad. There will also be another lab-dedicated trade exhibition where leading manufacturers will demonstrate their latest materials and innovations.
Whether you’re looking to update your knowledge, develop your skills or source new technology, DTS 2020 will be the perfect place to do all of the above. Save the dates today!
DTS 2020 – Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May – NEC in Birmingham,
co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.
Visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270
or email email@example.com
19th August 2019Full Time Vacancies - Belfast
Vacancies are available for:
Dental Laboratory Assistants
A well-established, multi award winning, full service laboratory providing prostheses and services to the dental market throughout Ireland requires a Prosthetic Technician and an Orthodontic Technician to work in our close knit team within the Removable Prosthodontics Department.
For more information, please visit our Jobs page on this website.
6th August 2019CQC calls for improvements to oral health in care homes
The report reveals an extensive lack of awareness of NICE guidelines. It concludes that residents are not supported to maintain and improve their oral health.
Among the homes visited:
- most had no policy to promote and protect people’s oral health (52%)
- nearly half were not training staff to support daily oral healthcare (47%)
- 73% of care plans reviewed only partly covered or did not cover oral health
- it could be difficult for residents to access dental care
- 10% of homes had no way to access emergency dental treatment for residents
Read the full report here: https://www.cqc.org.uk/publications/major-report/smiling-matters-oral-health-care-care-homes
6th August 2019Core Topic Study Day for DCPs
This course is to be held on Friday, 1 November 2019 in the Prince Philip Building at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
For more information please visit the Events page on this website
17th July 2019DTA CPD Position Statement
The DTA's CPD Position Statement (July 2019) can be read by clicking on the link at the bottom of the ECPD page
17th July 2019Prosthetic Technician Vacancy - Cardiff
A vacancy for a Prosthetic Technician has arisen in Cardiff.
Please visit our Jobs page for more information
4th July 2019DTA President's July blog is now available
Go to www.dta-uk.org/presidents-blog.php (or select News > DTA President's Blog) to read July's blog packed with useful information and up-coming events
25th June 2019Reflective practice
Joint statement on the benefits of becoming a reflective practitioner
On 18 June 2019, the GDC, and eight other healthcare regulators, published a joint statement on the importance and benefits of being a reflective practitioner.
You can find a copy of the statement on the GDC website here: https://www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/reflective-practice. This work is part of a shared commitment to drive an open and honest culture, across healthcare, where professionals feel able to reflect on their experiences to support their own development and learning. It also offers advice for practitioners on how to approach refection effectively, both as individuals and as part of a dental team.
How can reflection help dental professionals?
As well as reinforcing how reflection can help you to gain insight into your whole practice, the statement highlights the direct impact it can have on improving services and patient care.
It endorses the value of dental teams reflecting as a group and in multi-professional settings, to help develop ideas that can bring about positive change in practice. As part of this, it makes it clear the employers should encourage their teams to make time for reflection as a way of aiding development, improving wellbeing and deepening professional commitment.
Reflection is now common practice among dental professionals and will help to foster improvements in your dental practice and services. It can demonstrate how patient feedback and complaints are listened to, and acted upon, in your dental practice, as well as assure patients that the dental team is continuously learning. Remember to reflect on things that go well, alongside things that don't go to plan.
The DTA have incorporated reflection into all CPD activities.
21st June 2019New set of guidelines for dentures adhesives
The Oral Health Foundation have released a new set of guidelines for dentures adhesives developed by a multi-disciplinary global panel led by the Oral Health Foundation. It also included representatives from King’s College London, alongside leading experts from the USA, Switzerland, Japan and Greece.
Following a comprehensive review of the existing evidence and current guidance, the group found a severe lack of clear or reliable recommendations for the correct use of denture adhesives by people who wear full dentures.
The full guidelines can be viewed here: https://www.dentalhealth.org/dentureadhesives
13th June 2019Lab Vision Live - October 2019
This unique one day event brings together a selection of renowned speakers presenting the full 3Shape digital workflow for technicians. It will include hands-on demos, practical experiences, tips and tricks and an exhibition area showcasing the very latest innovations in technology from the leading manufacturers.
More information and a link to the website can be found on the Events Page on this website
12th June 2019Dental Technician Vacancy - Bedford
A part-time vacancy is available for a dental technician to join a busy laboratory in Bedford.
For more information and contact details please visit the Jobs page on this website
10th June 2019DTA President's June blog is now available
The June edition of Delroy's blog can be read by going to News > DTA President's Blog on this website
7th June 2019European Dental Technicians Day – 7 June 2019
These skilled professionals are not often seen by patients, but they are essential to your smile.
Most dental patients are not aware that it is the Dental Technician/Technologist who makes their new functional dental device (dentures, crowns, bridges, caps and orthodontic braces) to a clinicians prescription.
The confidence that comes with perfect aesthetic solution for every individual patients case is due to the high level of applied skills from the dedicated Dental Technologist.
All are encouraged to spread news of the good work that Dental Technologist do.
3rd June 2019The June issue of Articulate is now available
DTA Members can now read the June issue of Articulate, the quarterly e-newsletter of the Dental Technologists Association, on this website
Please log in and visit https://www.dta-uk.org/articulate.php to read this issue.
31st May 2019Let’s hear it for the techs!
The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2019 triumphed with an outstanding line-up of speakers, hours of enhanced CPD and copious networking opportunities.
The DTS Lecture Theatre offered a dynamic two-day educational programme with highlights coming from Andreas Schulthesis, Ashley Byrne, Steve Campbell and Thomas Tefler.
Speaking about the show in general, delegate feedback included:
“Very well put together with subjects that cover a variety of topics.” – Ms A. Kelsey, orthodontic dental technician, Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust
“Lots of interesting lectures and speakers and a great display of innovative technology.” – Liam Rose, dental technician, Hibbert Crown and Bridge
2020 Dates: 15th- 16th May NEC Birmingham
DTS, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.
29th May 2019BDIA Dental Showcase 2019
BDIA Dental Showcase returns to the Birmingham NEC from the 17 - 19 October 2019 and is THE event in the industry’s calendar, bringing together the trade and the profession from all corners of the UK. Familiar to all, it celebrates the best in the industry and allows the whole practice team the chance to explore the latest equipment, services and technology.
Visit the Events, Meetings and Courses page on this site for more information
23rd May 2019Full or part time ceramist vacancy - Harrogate
A vacancy is available for an exciting opportunity for a ceramist to join and build a growing new service in a laboratory based in Harrogate.
For more information and contact details, please visit the Jobs page on this website.
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