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26th May 2017Dentaid thanks DTA members

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


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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


11th May 2017Straumann launches national UK digital tour

Straumann Digital Roadshow


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



11th April 2017Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice

The University of Middlesex, London is holding a 'Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice' training course on 6th June.


Dentists are required to attend Medical Emergencies training as part of the GDC Continual Professional Development criteria. This training is also suitable for dental nurses as the emphasis is on teamwork.

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More details can be found on the Events page for members.


31st March 2017Only 8 weeks to go until the TC White Conference - Modern management of dental trauma

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is excited to announce the first Scottish dental trauma Conference in conjunction with Dental Trauma UK and the British Endodontic Society.

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For more information and to book please visit the Events Page on this website (member login required).


23rd March 2017ACAS News Updates

Several News Updates have been provided by ACAS

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The recent ACAS News bulletin offers information on:

- Work-life balance

- Offering pay rises for flexible contracts

- April 2017: 3 key employment law changes


For more information on these news items please visit the ACAS website.


22nd March 2017FGDP(UK) announces outline business plan

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) has published an outline of its plans for 2017-18.

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FGDP(UK)The plans include the development of a Virtual Learning Environment, improving the Faculty’s membership proposition and publishing new guidance on dementia-friendly dentistry, and were first shown to the FGDP(UK)’s members at their Annual General Meeting earlier this month.


The Faculty recently announced its intention to establish itself as a fully autonomous professional body, and the programme of work has been developed to prepare itself for independence.


FGDP(UK) Dean, Dr Mick Horton, said:


“This year marks our 25th anniversary as the academic home for primary dental care, and our plans for the coming year will significantly strengthen our community of practice. We look forward to working ever more closely with our members and the wider dental community, and would be delighted to have your support as we prepare to bring an independent national professional body for dentists to life.”


The FGDP’s plans for 2017/18


Enhancing our offer in education


  • Building a career pathway for the profession by securing the MJDF as the leading award in dentistry and building components of a pathway that bridges Membership and Fellowship.
  • Developing technology-enhanced learning, with a modern and accessible Virtual Learning Environment that will be implemented in 2017 for the benefit of all our course participants and members.
  • Diversifying our contribution to CPD by developing an accreditation scheme to improve quality and foster progression.


Fostering a thriving membership


  • Building the membership proposition with a focus on value for money and helping members to feel connected.
  • Engaging with dental schools, to establish a role for the Faculty from the earliest stages of training.
  • Transforming our presence online with a new website, integrated with up-to-date services for our members.


Building influence in the affairs of the profession


  • Setting standards for the profession through a programme of work on clinical standards that includes revising Standards in Dentistry and publishing new guidance on dementia-friendly dentistry.
  • Fostering a community of practice in which our members can contribute more effectively to our core mission of promoting excellence in dentistry.
  • Providing thought leadership that asserts our national role and promotes the standing of the profession in society



22nd March 2017New Guidance Document available

A new Training and Development document is available for members on the Guidance Documents page of this site.  It can be found in the HR section of the page


21st March 2017New Chief Executive for the BDIA

Tony Reed, BDIA Executive Director, will be stepping down from his position in early April 2017. The BDIA Council has appointed Edmund Proffitt, currently the Association’s Policy and Public Affairs Director, as the BDIA’s new Chief Executive, and he will be assuming the position from 10th April.

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Edmund ProffittTony Reed, BDIA Executive Director, will be stepping down from his position in early April 2017. Tony, who has been responsible for running the Association for over 20 years, comments, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the BDIA and have overseen many changes in the industry over the last two decades. I am privileged to have met and worked with so many great characters in the dental community over the years”.


The BDIA Council has appointed Edmund Proffitt, currently the Association’s Policy and Public Affairs Director, as the BDIA’s new Chief Executive, and he will be assuming the position from 10th April. Commenting on his new role Edmund said, “I am honoured and delighted to be taking up this position.


There are many challenges facing BDIA members over the next few years, as well as some great opportunities. I look forward to working with the BDIA Council and members to ensure that the sector is prepared and can prosper going forwards”.


BDIA President, Mike Cann commented, “Edmund has played a key role in growing the Association’s influence and presence over the last four years and we are confident that he is the right choice to follow in Tony’s footsteps leading the BDIA”. Though stepping down as Executive Director, Tony will remain involved with the Association in a financial capacity going forwards.


7th March 2017ACAS News Updates

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) increase on 1 April 2017.

Also, from 6 April organisations with 250+ employees will need to start reporting on their gender pay gap.

Acas has developed two new training events:

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For more information on the above items, please visit the ACAS Website (new window)


28th February 2017Make the most of government funding and benefit from the country’s newest and innovative centre of dental technology and excellence.

Did you know the government will substantially help you with the costs of training staff?


Trailblazer Higher Apprenticeship for Dental Technology has been approved for funding since March 2015.


The new funding model from the 1st May 2017 has been simplified. The Government will support 90% of the funding for a 10% contribution from employers. This means that employers will be required to pay £600.00 a year for this 3 year programme.

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Did you also know a state of the art dental technology centre is being launched in North London?


As part of a multi-million 'make-over' at Barnet and Southgate College, a brand new Centre for Dental Sciences is opening in Sept 2017 in partnership with The University of Bolton.


"For the first time in many years our profession is attracting incredible financial support for employers to develop new dental technicians. The University of Bolton is proud to support this new educational facility as it will assist in the safeguarding of dental technology skills in the future."
Robert Biggs, Head of Dental Sciences, University of Bolton


23rd February 2017Don’t Miss the Dental Technologists Association at DTS 2017

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) has long enjoyed the support of various dental lab groups, associations and societies and is delighted to welcome several back for the 2017 event. Among those present on the exhibition floor and supporting the educational event will be the Dental Technologists Association (DTA).

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DTA is the professional representative body for dental technologists, whether they are qualified or in training. The group is committed to keeping members in touch with what is going on in dental technology, as well as the wider dental arena. It is a great source of information, advice and support for its members, who have access to an array of benefits including a dedicated journal and e-journal, CPD, indemnity insurance, information sheets, a legal helpline and job advertisements.


Sue Adams, Chief Executive of DTA, comments:

“The show offers a wide range of topics and speakers, appealing to dental technicians who work in all disciplines. It’s the major event for dental technicians and as the professional body for this DCP group it is key for the Dental Technologists Association to attend.

“At the event, we hope to engage with members on a one-to-one basis so that we can update them on DTA activities and understand any concerns they may have. Delegates can expect a warm welcome from all members of our team on stand D20, as well as Show offers for dental technicians looking to join DTA!”


There will be plenty to do over the course of the two days at DTS 2017, with hours of verifiable CPD available and copious networking opportunities. The educational programme will be presented by a selection worldwide-leading professionals throughout the DTS Lecture Theatre, Digital & Innovation Theatre, CDT Conference and OTA Seminars. These will include Phil Reddington, Ian Smith, Von grow, Bill Marais, Carl Fenwick, Stephen Lusty, Jonathan Hughes, Craig Parker, Ashley Latter, Andrea Johnson, Leslie Stevens, Paul Mallett and many, many more.


Whether your business offers a full service or focuses on implants, orthodontics or prosthetics, there’s something for your whole team at DTS 2017. Register online for FREE today!

DTS and The Dentistry Show 2017 – Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May 2017 – NEC Birmingham.

For more information visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call +44 (0) 20 7348 5270
or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


21st February 2017Health at Work Posters

FREE Health at Work posters including Hand Washing Techniques and NHS Colour Coding Scheme information are now available on the members' Advice page (dta-uk.org/advice.php)


10th February 2017Survey of CAD/CAM use in UK Dental Laboratories

Harpreet Kaur, a final year student at Manchester Metropolitan University would like your helpc. Her dissertation is focused on determining whether technology has impacted dental laboratories in terms of CAD/CAM and the outcomes of its use.

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All data will be completely anonymous and no personal information is required. Harpreet would really appreciate your help - it takes just 5 minutes - thank you.




The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP(UK)), the professional body representing general dental practice, and The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and its Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) announce today that FDGP(UK) is taking the first step towards becoming an independent organisation.

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FGDP(UK) was established as a faculty of the RCS in 1992. During that time the Faculty has built a professional home for the general practice dentistry community in the UK.


As the Faculty celebrates its 25th anniversary, the Board of FGDP(UK) has decided its aspirations are best served as an independent organisation, whilst remaining in close partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons and its Faculty of Dental Surgery. Over the coming months it plans to lay the foundations of that organisation for the benefit of patients and the profession.


FDGP(UK) delivers world leading courses in implantology, minor oral surgery and restorative care. With a membership approaching 5,000, and with an international reach, FGDP(UK) also publishes a highly respected Primary Dental Journal and produces clinical guidelines written by dentists, for dentists.


The world leading dental examination in the UK, the MJDF, which is administered jointly between the FGDP(UK) and FDS, will continue to be the leading qualification for the dental profession.


27th January 2017DTA attends All Party Parliamentary Group reception at the Houses of Parliament

DTA attended the All Party Parliamentary Group reception at the Houses of Parliament

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All Party Parliamentary Group ReceptionClick on the photo to the left or go to

http://www.dta-uk.org/news_xmas_reception_2016.php to see a slideshow of the event


26th January 2017GDC announce consultation on Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of dental regulation.

A year ago, today, GDC launched their corporate strategy Patients, Partners, Professionals, Performance - their road map for 2016 - 2019. Today (26th Jan) they have taken their ambition forward by launching Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of regulation where they explain how they will improve professional regulation to enhance patient safety whilst continuing to be fair to dental professionals.

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Shifting the balanceFrom GDC:


While we've made huge improvements in the way the GDC is run, the dental regulation system is old-fashioned, clunky and expensive. Our legislation hasn't kept pace with the sweeping changes in society driven by massive technological development and policies that have quite rightly put patients and consumers first. Our "traditional" FtP-based model unsustainable in terms of cost and doesn't enjoy the support from those we regulate that is necessary for it to be truly effective. What we really want is for people to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, not because they are afraid of doing the wrong thing. We spend too much time and money on enforcement and too little on prevention.


All this means that we must change the system to make it fit for the future - agile, proportionate and fair and because we can't bank on wholesale legislative reform any time soon - we're going to have to build a system based on partnerships with the many bodies across the system that have their own tools for managing risks. To achieve that the GDC is going to have to stand up and be a real leader.


GDC Chair, Bill Moyes, hosted a breakfast briefing this morning at Wimpole Street, attended by key stakeholders and industry journalists. Chief Dental Officer for England, Sara Hurley joined Bill to lead a discussion on proposals for non-legislative regulatory reform. Sara noted that the tone has shifted in the sector, from adversarial to one of patient-centred collaboration. She a greed that the future is in right-touch regulation; identifying potential problems before they happen, resolving complaints locally, working effectively with partners and refocussing FtP.


The proposals in Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of regulation , will explore ways dental professionals can be better empowered to ensure we are doing all we can to prevent harm from happening in the first place; ensure feedback and complaints are dealt with and resolved in the most appropriate place; establish better ways of partnership working with our partners - as well as ensuring that the GDC deploys its investigatory and prosecuting powers proportionately and where necessary.


This discussion document has a consultation period, which will run for three months and during this time we will be speaking with as many of our stakeholders as possible through industry events and stakeholder communication channels across the four nations. All stakeholders - patients, dental professionals and partners are invited to take part in the discussion - we can't do this alone.


We welcome all comment and feedback on the proposals, the easiest way to respond is by completing the online form at www.gdc-uk.org, or you can mail your comments to shiftingthebalance@gdc-uk.org


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