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A list of course dates for the Bracon Digital Courses is now on the Events, Meetings & Courses page on this website




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The Bracon International Training and Education Centre, otherwise known as BITE, is an exciting new state of the art training facility. This 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. Through this centre we offer fully compliant in-house CPD courses; to aid you in your development and to give you an opportunity to get hands-on with some of the products and equipment that we can supply.


For a list of course dates, please visit the Events, Meetings & Courses page on this website


15th January 2018MHRA streamlines services for devices customers

The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has launched a new online service to support customers of the devices division.


"At MHRA we are always working to improve the transparency, responsiveness, usability and effectiveness of our services.

To make our systems easier to use, we have developed and successfully piloted a new online service..."

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Crown and Bridge Laboratory for sale. For more information please email: mein5417@gmail.com


15th January 201822nd Conference for Dental Care Professionals

The 22nd Conference for Dental Care Professionals is being held on 10th March 2018 at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


For details of the programme, please visit the Events, Meetings & Courses page on this website.


15th January 2018ACAS - Mental Health in the Workplace

ACAS have issued a newsletter given help and advice relating to Mental Health in the Workplace


A link to the newsletter is on the Guidance Documents page of this website under the ACAS section


9th January 2018Crown and bridge model technician required - Ashton-Under-Lyne

Please see our Jobs Page for more information


20th December 2017FGDP(UK) appoints ‘Transition Board’

In a message to members, the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has announced the membership of a ‘Transition Board’ as it works to establish an independent College for general dental practice.

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The board is chaired by Professor Nairn Wilson CBE, Emeritus Professor of Dentistry at King’s College London, a Past President of the British Dental Association, former Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Past President of the General Dental Council, and former Editor of both the Journal of Dentistry and FGDP(UK)'s Primary Dental Journal.


Joining Professor Wilson will be Kevin Lewis, Consultant Editor for Dentistry magazine and former Dental Director at Dental Protection; Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council and former Chief Executive of the General Dental Council; Neil Sawbridge, a former Chief Financial Officer of an American banking group; and Dr Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK).


FGDP Transition Board

Left to right: Neil Sawbridge, Dr Mick Horton, Professor Nairn Wilson, Kevin Lewis, Duncan Rudkin


The Faculty was formed 25 years ago by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) as the professional home for general dental practitioners - sitting alongside the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS), the professional body for dental surgeons.


Dr Horton says the new organisation will aim “to provide a collegiate home and professional standing for general dental practitioners and all members of the general dental team”, and the new board will work with the current FGDP(UK) Board, the RCS and the FDS with the aim of testing and completing the changes required to establish the new College.


The statement also confirms that joint FGDP(UK)-FDS membership will not be affected during the transition period.


20th December 2017The Advancing Dental Care (ADC) project seeks your views

The Advancing Dental Care (ADC) project has been established by Health Education England (HEE) to review the roles, composition, skills and training needs of the whole dental team, and identify change where necessary.

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This project will enquire how to meet future patient needs and provide greater workforce flexibility both for the NHS service and for individuals. To deliver this vision a range of innovative ideas will be explored.


One of the workstreams which has been identified is to review the Scope of Practice as well as explore wider health care skill sets, such as taking blood pressure, height weight checks, blood glucose monitoring and consider how they can best support the delivery of future dental care.


We would be most grateful if, you could spare ten minutes to share your ideas on this important aspect of the review by completing this survey. The survey is anonymous results of the survey will be used to inform a set of proposals on the dental workforce which will then go out for national consultation, so your input can really make a difference. Please view the animation before you complete the questionnaire it is 4 minutes long. Please click on the link below for the animation the survey link is at the bottom of this news item.




We hope you will appreciate that the dental contract is a separate issue and comments about it are not relevant for this particular exercise, although clearly is a factor that underpins any changes in the delivery of NHS primary dental care. When completing the questionnaire, we would ask you to bear in mind the contribution of the whole team and indeed the wider healthcare workforce to delivering dental care.

Thank you for taking the time to complete. Please use the link below to access the questionnaire.




15th December 2017Prosthetic technician required - Harrogate

We are looking for an experienced prosthetic dental technician or someone with a sound basic knowledge in prosthetics that wants to progress, to work in our private award-winning laboratory in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

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For more information and contact details please visit the Jobs Page on this site


12th December 2017Hospital and Medical Care Association Offer

HMCA specialises in providing benefits exclusively for membership groups in the U.K. and Ireland and has done so since the 1970s.
HMCA discusses the needs of the groups with their executives and provides the appropriate benefits for their members and their families

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Because we offer our plans only to membership groups subscriptions can be less expensive than other plans.


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30th November 2017A FAB Three Days!

With learning and networking opportunities available to dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental nurses and dental technicians, the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s (BACD) Annual Conference was another resounding success this year.

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Key lectures of interest to dental technicians included Phil Reddington’s hands-on workshop on effective anatomical wax ups for provisionalisation, and Dr Rahman’s session on utilising e.max crowns.


Keynote speaker, Dr Francesca Vailati, also proved a hit, demonstrating her Three-Step technique for full rehabilitation.


There were also plenty of opportunities for delegates to interact with both the speakers and colleagues throughout the event, whether around the exhibition or during panel discussions.


In addition, the black-tie Gala Dinner provided a delicious meal and exciting entertainment, with the The Rock’N’Roll theme going down particularly well as delegates danced the night away!


If you couldn’t make this year’s conference, be sure to book early and enjoy the wide array of lectures and workshops on offer next year!


BADC Conference 2017


1st December 2017All I Want for Christmas - Oral Health Day in Blackpool

People in recovery, and other groups who find it hard to access NHS dental services in Blackpool received essential dental treatment onboard a mobile dental unit operated by Dentaid.

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Oral Health Day in BlackpoolThe project was funded by Horizon, Blackpool Council’s drug, alcohol and non-clinical sexual health support for Blackpool residents – and was the brainchild of Carole Houston, Communications Lead for Horizon, Janet Goodwin, President of the Oral Health Foundation and Blackpool resident, and Pam Swain, Chief Executive of the British Association of Dental Nurses, which is based near Blackpool. The event was attended by Deputy Chief Dental Officer, Eric Rooney.

Carole’s previous PR experience in dentistry had led to her meeting Janet and Pam, and also made her aware of the work done by Dentaid. Having obtained funding from Horizon to commission Dentaid, Carole went ahead organising the Day at the Church Street centre used as a focal point for the recovery programme, liaising with Janet Goodwin on oral health education materials provided by the OHF and with Pam Swain who asked for volunteer dental nurses from the BADN membership. Horizon volunteers, themselves in recovery, were also on hand to offer support to nervous patients.

Despite a couple of hiccups – fuses in the centre blew twice and the kettle and microwave had to be cannibalised to restore power to the mobile unit! - 47 patients were seen, including many who had been suffering long-term dental pain. One patient had 5 teeth extracted and a further 16 had at least one tooth removed. The team also provided scale and polishes, fillings, fluoride application for children and oral health advice. Several patients had not seen a dentist for several years, either because of access difficulties or because of previous difficult experiences.

“At Horizon we are very conscious” said Carole “that many of our clients find it difficult to access NHS dental treatment for various reasons. We therefore wanted to make dental treatment as accessible as possible for our clients and other vulnerable people in Blackpool. We commissioned the Dentaid team to bring their mobile unit into the heart of the recovery community in Blackpool to help to break down any perceived barriers. The event was a tremendous success and the feedback from the patients was very positive. So many patients had been in desperate need of dental treatment but either didn’t know how to access treatment or were too anxious to seek help. This initiative was created especially for our clients, bringing dental treatment directly to them.


“We were delighted that Eric Rooney came along to support the event, and his ideas for bringing various services together to improve access to dental care for our clients in future was a perfect outcome from a very successful day.”


23rd November 2017FGDP(UK) to publish implant dentistry standards

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has announced that it will be publishing new national standards on implant dentistry next year.

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FGDPThe work is being led by Professor Cemal Ucer, a former President of the Association of Dental Implantology, together with co-authors Dr Simon Wright and Dr Andrew Shelley, and will be widely consulted on before it is finalised.


FGDP(UK) already publishes Training Standards in Implant Dentistry, which is used by the General Dental Council to define the training that should be undertaken to carry out implant dentistry in the UK, and the standards which should be met by training courses.


The Faculty also delivers the highly respected FGDP(UK) Diploma in Implant Dentistry, having taught almost 600 students in London, Leeds and Hong Kong since 2003.


Professor Ucer and Dr Wright are Directors of Implant Centres of Excellence (ICE) Postgraduate Institute and Hospital, and Academic Leads for the MSc in Dental Implantology at Edge Hill University, and Dr Andrew Shelley is a Specialist in Prosthodontics, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.


Due to be published in the second half of 2018, Standards in Implant Dentistry’s evidence-graded recommendations will be categorised using the Faculty’s ‘ABC’ (Aspirational, Basic, Conditional) notation.


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

“Implant dentistry is one of the most significant advances in oral healthcare of the last 30 years, and is now routinely available, and an increasingly popular treatment from which thousands of patients are benefitting every year. Since 2008, the profession has agreed on the standards to which dentists must be trained in order to place implants safely and competently, and while a range of guidance on clinical care is available, the FGDP(UK) recognises the need to establish clear national standards for the benefit of patients. I would like to thank Professor Ucer and his team on behalf of the Faculty for their ongoing work.”


Professor Cemal Ucer, Editor of Standards in Implant Dentistry, said:

“Delivery of satisfactory dental implant treatment, and its long-term success and maintenance, requires complex and invasive surgical and restorative procedures using a variety of highly specialised products, biomaterials and equipment. Constantly emerging new materials, techniques and treatment modalities can give rise to variance in the standard of treatment between practitioners and institutions, and we are developing Standards in Implant Dentistry to enable dentists to optimise their quality of patient care and reduce variations in treatment outcomes. Based on a systematic review of the evidence and critical appraisal of the benefits and harms of all treatment options, our best practice guidelines should be seen to set national standards on how patients who are candidates for dental implant treatment should be assessed and treated.”


The Faculty recently published Dementia-Friendly Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines, and to mark its 25th anniversary is currently offering a discount on its other guidance and standards publications, Standards in Dentistry, Clinical Examination and Record-Keeping, Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography, and Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners.


17th November 2017FGDP(UK) says oral cancer fight hangs in the balance as JCVI defers decision on HPV

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has cautiously welcomed the deferral of a decision on whether to recommend the HPV vaccination to boys, but says the fight against the increasing prevalence of oral cancer hangs in the balance.

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FGDP LogoIn July, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) consulted on an ‘interim position’ that it was not minded to recommend that boys be immunised. HPV Action, a campaign group of which the Faculty is a member, responded that the JCVI’s position was legally questionable and the result of flawed modelling, and separately sent a detailed Equality Analysis of the policy to the Department of Health. Minutes published this week reveal that the JCVI has now taken a step back from its interim position, deferring a decision until its modelling has been reviewed and equality issues have been more fully considered.


HPV causes 5% of all cancers, and 2,000 men a year in the UK are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer, of whom almost half will die from the condition within five years. HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers, and over two-thirds of oral cancer diagnoses, which have increased sharply in recent years to around 20 a day, are in men.


Since 2008, girls have been vaccinated against HPV on the NHS at age 12/13, leading to a significant reduction in the prevalence of the virus among women. HPV Action has been campaigning for men to be offered the same protection as women, as will soon be the case in 15 other countries – a position backed by 97% of dentists and 94% of doctors in a poll earlier this year.


HPV Action says the gender divide has already left 3.5 million young men unvaccinated against a fast-growing and potentially fatal virus – including around 1.5 million in the four years since the JCVI started considering the issue - and will leave another 400,000 boys a year unprotected until both sexes are treated equally.


However, the deferral is no guarantee that the government will decide to give boys the life-saving vaccine, and HPV Action is calling for a speedy decision and full transparency of the decision-making process, and has indicated that it may later refer the issue to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


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


“The fight against oral cancer hangs in the balance, yet the NHS already provides an HPV vaccine to women, but not men, which it acknowledges is just as effective for men. Dentists and doctors see the devastation that HPV-related cancers wreak on patients and their families, so it is welcome that the Government’s vaccination advisory committee might finally be listening; but unless and until immunisation is extended to boys, an increasing number of men will continue to die needlessly.”


Peter Baker, HPV Action Campaign Director, said:


“While we are pleased that the JCVI is listening, we are very concerned about how long this is taking. The review began in 2013 and a decision was supposed to have been made in 2015, then early 2017, then late 2017 and now we are looking at 2018. While the JCVI risks being compared to the Chilcot Inquiry, some 400,000 more boys are each year being left at risk of infection and the diseases caused by HPV. The JCVI must act quickly.”


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.


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