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30th September 2019T Level and Industry Placements

Offering placements enables you to pass on your skills to the future generation. There are many benefits to offering industry placements both for employers and students. Find out more by booking a place at one of the informative events below.

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What are T Levels?


‘T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work’ (gov.uk).


T Levels and Industry Placements - are they for me?

If you’re keen to learn more about T Levels and what they can do for you and your business, there are various events you can attend.

The following events will focus on raising awareness of T Levels, as well as encouraging discussion about employer benefits. The events aim to inspire employers to think about offering Industry Placements.

The dates and venues for the events are as follows:

  • Tuesday 1 October 2019: Liverpool, Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel
  • Thursday 10 October 2019: Repertory Theatre and the Library of Birmingham
  • Thursday 24 October 2019: Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

To book your place click here >>


If you still need help deciding, there are a number of places you can go for guidance and to learn about the benefits of T Levels for both employers and students. For information on the process and how to get started click here >>


By offering placements to students you are not only creating valuable opportunities for young people, but also shaping your future workforce. You can feel content in the knowledge that you are providing skills and high quality training to the future generation.


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.

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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.

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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 dts@closerstillmedia.com


19th August 2019Full Time Vacancies - Belfast

Vacancies are available for:

Prosthetic Technicians

Orthodontic Technicians

Model Technicians

Dental Laboratory Assistants

School Leavers

Despatch Clerk

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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


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