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11th December 2015Interim Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Dental Council (GDC) appointed

Ian Brack has been appointed as Interim Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Dental Council (GDC).

He will join the organisation on 11 January 2016.

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Commenting on his appointment, Chairman of the GDC Dr William Moyes, said: "I am delighted to welcome Ian to the team and I am very confident he will make a telling contribution to the work of the GDC.


"Having been at Office for Legal Complaints and the Olympic Lottery Distributor, he is used to leading complex organisations. Ian brings with him a wealth of experience as well as a commitment to making sure we continue to put patient and public protection at the heart of what we do.


"While I welcome Ian’s appointment, I would like to pay tribute to Evlynne Gilvarry for her immense commitment and leadership during the past five years.


“She has driven forward some very significant and necessary improvements –- not an easy thing to achieve during periods of change –- which will benefit the organisation for years to come.”


Ian was most recently Interim Chief Executive at the Office for Legal Complaints. He oversaw significant internal change while enhancing relationships with key external stakeholders.


He also led the Olympic Lottery Distributor where he oversaw substantial grant expenditure, including the multi-million pound grant for the Paralympics.


11th December 2015Apprenticeships – A New Dawn for Employers and Dental Technology Education

As the Government strives to bridge the gap between the skills needs of employers and courses offered by education providers in most commercial sectors, this arti-cle aims to highlight the new sup-port for Dental Technology employ-ers and educators.

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Historically the Dental Technology sector has seemed to miss out on many Govern-ment initiatives designed to encourage employers to train and educate staff. Link this with an employer’s view that current education programmes do not develop students who are ‘fit for purpose’ then there is clearly a need for a new direction.


As reported in March 2015 the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) approved two new Trailblazer Appren-ticeships for Dental Technology.


Advanced Apprenticeship for Dental Laboratory Assistants –

an 18 month programme designed for existing employees without any formal dental technology qualifications and/or for new employees.


Higher Apprenticeship for Dental Technicians –

duration of three years underpinned by a Foundation Degree in Dental Technology. This apprenticeship is designed to meet the learning outcomes of the General Dental Council (GDC) and enable successful apprentices to register as a Dental Care Professional (DCP).


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11th December 2015Over 300 dental professionals attended the joint Dental Protection and schülke conference

Over 300 dental professionals attended the joint Dental Protection and schülke conference – Premier Symposium – for an insight into the challenges of complex clinical, ethical and dentolegal issues.


Dental Protection and schülke have extensive experience in supporting dentists with challenges facing their practice. They jointly hosted the conference on Saturday 28 November to prepare delegates for the key issues common to dentistry and aid safer practice. The risks associated with dental implants, destructive tooth preparation in restorative dentistry, infection control in practices, periodontal disease and generational differences in interpersonal communication styles were some of the issues discussed on the day.

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The winners of the Premier Symposium awards were also announced at the event, with Rajveer Athwal from the University of Liverpool winning Dental Student of the Year, and Sandy DentalCare in Bedfordshire winning Dental Practice of the Year.

Kevin Lewis, Dental Director at Dental Protection said:


“The fact that Premier Symposium was sold out this year highlights just how important good risk management is to dentists.


“It was fantastic to reward the dental student and dental practice of the year, in recognition of the high standards in the care they provide and a combination of prioritising the welfare of patients, whilst demonstrating a commitment to giving something back to the community.


“Finally, it was a huge pleasure to meet so many committed and passionate delegates at my last Premier Symposium as Dental Director. I will greatly miss creating the programme for our flagship conference that has been so crucial in raising and discussing important and topical issues for dentists in the UK and ensuring risk management is seen as an exciting opportunity to learn”


26th November 2015New Information Sheet Available

A New 'Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy' document is available to members.


It can be found in the Human Resources section on the  'Guidance Documents' page of this website


26th November 2015BDIA Dental Showcase awarded ‘Dental Industry Event of the Year’

The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) is celebrating another award after BDIA Dental Showcase 2015 was voted the ‘Dental Industry Event of the Year’ at the inaugural Dental Industry Awards which took place in London on 13 November 2015. The awards were established this year to celebrate excellence and enterprise in the UK dental industry.

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David_Lonergan_Dianne_Gettinby_and_Darran_Lacey_of_the_BDIAThe exhibition was among 13 companies honoured by a prestigious independent panel of over 20 of the UK’s leading clinicians and influential industry figures led by renowned private dentist, Dr David Houston.


Dr Houston commented that BDIA Dental Showcase had ‘displayed examples of total delegate satisfaction, an enjoyable event experience via testimonials and continual improvement through the use of surveys and feedback mechanisms that allowed evolution of the experience year on year.’


Dianne Gettinby, BDIA Marketing Manager, commented “We are delighted to have won this award. We are constantly striving to deliver an enjoyable and engaging experience in which the whole dental team can ask questions, touch and feel products, get to know their suppliers and network with colleagues.


“To be recognised in this way by such an expert panel of judges is a great achievement. We look forward to building the event in 2016 and continuing to celebrate all that’s new and exciting within the sector.”


This award brings to an end a successful year for the exhibition in which it also topped the board with readers of both the BDJ and BDJ In Practice, voting it the best advertising campaign for ‘believability’, ‘information value’ and ‘attention getting ability’ in independent Readex Research surveys.


BDIA Dental Showcase 2016 will take place from 6-8 October at ExCeL London. For more information, visit www.dentalshowcase.com.


26th November 2015Kevin Lewis is to retire as Dental Protection’s Dental Director by summer 2016, having served in the role since 1998.

“18 years is a long time for anyone to lead an organisation such as this. In fact my connection goes back even further than that, as I was a member of the original Board of Directors when Dental Protection Limited was created as a separate company within the Medical Protection Society (MPS) group back in 1989. I then moved across to become a dentolegal adviser in 1992 so it is actually 27 years of continuous involvement – that’s quite scary to think about."

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“It has been a huge privilege not only to work in this fascinating field over so many years, but also to work with such phenomenally good people. There is something very special about being in a position to help your professional colleagues through times of difficulty, and one of the pleasures of the job is seeing that commitment and passion running right through the Dental Protection team. Our members can be assured that this commitment will remain undiminished.”


Asked about his future plans, Kevin explained that he will still be involved in and around dentistry both in the UK and internationally, commenting:


“In addition to my role as Dental Director I have been part of the MPS Executive Committee for almost 18 years, and for most of those years serving on its elected Council as one of the three executive directors of MPS. There has also been a lot of travel involved so it has been quite demanding and it will be nice to have a bit more time to call my own after next summer. I will certainly be looking forward to that, and also to continuing my writing and lecturing for some time yet.”


Commenting on Kevin’s decision to step down, Simon Kayll, Chief Executive at MPS said:


“Kevin has made an outstanding contribution to dentistry and Dental Protection over many years. He is highly respected and will be deeply missed by his colleagues for whom he has been an insightful leader, mentor and friend.”


Arrangements for the appointment of Kevin Lewis’s successor will be announced in due course.


25th November 2015Guidance Documents provided by DTA

Did you know that DTA produce over 40 guidance documents for dental technicians? - click to view list.
To download any of the documents please login as a DTA member and view them online.


19th November 2015First industry awards a great success

The concept has been created to reward excellence and share best practice in the industry and they were judged by a highly experienced cross-section of over 20 of UK Dentistry's most knowledgeable and influential clinicians and industry figures under the expert chairmanship of renowned private dentist, Dr David Houston.

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At the lavish lunch time ceremony in central London, Dr Houston hosted proceedings and over 160 of the dental industry’s leading figures waited anxiously to hear if they had been selected as ultimate winners in the various categories.


The overall number and quality of entries way exceeded expectations as many of the dental industry's most successful and innovative companies energetically participated in this first event.


Judges were looking for entries that went above and beyond the norm and were looking for evidence of joined up thinking, business planning, effectiveness and evidence of results for claims made. The entries certainly delivered on all of these counts and the judging process was reportedly an incredibly hard affair.


In commenting on the event Dr Houston explained ‘The Dental Industry Awards is a brand new concept designed to acknowledge excellence in the dental industry. We were amazed and impressed with the volume and quality of the entries and also delighted by the overall reaction to the innaugural event. We definitely expect the event to grow at a rapid pace and become one of the most exciting days in the dental industry calendar. The date for next year is November 16th well worth putting in the diary!’


List of winners:-

  • Website of the Year - The Invisible Orthodontist
  • Best Use of Social Media - Straumann
  • Advertisement of the Year - Wrigley Oral Healthcare
  • Product Launch of the Year - Astek Innovations
  • Best Use of PR - Periproducts (Ultradex)
  • Brand of the Year - Ivoclar Vivadent
  • Dental Industry Event of the Year - BDIA Dental Showcase
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year - Straumann
  • Customer Service Provider of the Year - Hague Dental Supplies
  • Innovation of the Year (more than 25 employees) - Voco
  • Innovation of the Year (Less than 25 employees) - Chiral Systems
  • UK Exporter of the Year - Kemdent
  • Charitable Contribution - Whitewash Laboratories
  • Outstanding Business of the Year - Denplan


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A date for the diary:


The Dental Industry awards 2016 will be on Wednesday November 16th 2016.


The awards entry desk closes on 15th October 2016.


The Dental Industry Awards is a very easy-to-enter event. All we require is up to 500 words to complete your entry and any supporting evidence you choose to submit. It’s an ideal way to have your excellence and achievements recognised and celebrated, be part of it!


18th November 2015Join in the Thunderclap to keep antibiotics working

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is asking dentists and dental care professionals to take part in a ‘Thunderclap’ to promote more prudent use of antibiotics. Dentists have a significant role to play in helping to slow the global development of antibiotic resistance, and the Faculty is keen to highlight the problem.

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FGDP(UK), whose guidelines Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners are available for free online, has joined forces for the second year with the Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists (ACOM) and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) to create a Thunderclap , which harnesses individuals’ social media networks to spread messages.


Dentists are asked to pledge that they will “make more time to manage infection and only prescribe antibiotics in line with published guidelines”. The website will then create an attention-grabbing ‘thunderclap’ by simultaneously posting the pledges on the social media accounts of all those who signed up at 1pm on Monday 30 November. Over 100 dentists subscribed to last year’s Thunderclap, which reached over 100,000 social media users, and FGDP is hoping to exceed those numbers this year, and is encouraging dentists to sign up and share the link with other dentists.


The initiative has been launched to coincide with European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November 2015, and this year also sees the first ever UN World Antibiotic Awareness Week from 16-22 November.


Dr Nikolaus Palmer, Editor of FGDP(UK)’s antimicrobial prescribing guidelines, believes that dental practitioners need to reflect carefully on the management of dental infections and the use of antibiotics:


“The FGDP(UK)’s evidence-based guidance sets out sensible protocols for dental practitioners when considering the need to prescribe antimicrobials. Those that follow this guidance will already be aware that the majority of uncomplicated dental swellings can be successfully treated by removal of the source of the infection by drainage of the associated abscess. It is vital that dental practitioners recognise their role in helping to reduce the development of antimicrobial resistance.”


Dr Melanie Wilson, Chair of the Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists, believes that concerted action by dentists and members of the dental team can make a significant difference to the number of antibiotics prescribed in the dental surgery:


“All members of the dental team have a role to play in ensuring patients are aware that antibiotics are not always required for the management of infection.” There is evidence that prescribing has been reduced in some areas of the UK by increasing awareness of available guidelines and the use of prescribing audit tools. However, there is a long way to go since there is still evidence of inappropriate prescribing such as, in response to patient demand, and, in the absence of systemic signs of infection. Adherence to the guidelines and the appropriate management of infection should help reduce prescribing further and limit the development of antimicrobial resistance.”



3rd November 2015November's Edition of Articulate now available online

Members can now download and read the most recent edition of Articulate on the DTA website: www.dta-uk.org/articulate.php


2nd November 2015BDIA Dental Showcase 2015 delivers business and innovation

BDIA Dental Showcase, the UK’s leading B2B dental trade show, opened its doors to three days of brisk business and networking at Birmingham’s NEC from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 October.

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BDIA Showcase 2015The exhibition, organised annually by the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA), brought together over 330 exhibitors and the widest selection of dental equipment, products, services and demonstrations of the latest techniques for the profession to discover what’s new, meet with product experts and conduct business deals.


With sponsorships deals in place with the major oral healthcare companies for the next two years, as well as exhibition bookings now being taken up to 2017 in response to exhibitor demand, BDIA Dental Showcase is firmly established as the premier business event for the dental industry.


Visitors to the exhibition had an exceptional opportunity to experience a significant number of innovations first-hand with more dental companies than ever choosing this event to unveil or showcase their latest products to the UK market including Oral-B, Cattani Esam, Ceramic Systems, Cerezen, DMG, KaVo, NSK, Philips, Software of Excellence, TePe, Voco and W&H to name but a few.


BDIA Showcase 2015Although overall footfall at the exhibition was a little lower than in previous years it was clear that the event continues to be the place to see what’s new, do business and network with colleagues, with plenty of key purchasers and influencers in attendance.


The feedback from delegates and exhibitors alike has been fantastic.


Nigel Williams a dentist from Hay-on-Wye said, “It’s all here and you can actually see the stuff and have a look and see what it feels like, see what it looks like, see what the quality’s like. You can’t really do that from a catalogue. You see new stuff as well. You get new ideas, new practises.”


Roham Barez, a visiting dentist from The Dental Gallery, commented, “All the companies are gathered in one location so you have an opportunity to see everyone under one roof and it’s good for making new contacts.”


GC UK Ltd’s surgery products manager, Patrick Kelleher, added, “We see this as a premium show, it’s our big show of the year, it’s a chance to showcase the new materials on the marketplace and meet old friends as well, so it’s a really important place for us to be.”


Dean Hallows, the general manager at A-dec, revealed how well the company did at the BDIA Dental Showcase, “A-dec had an outstanding 2015 Showcase, customers were able to chat with the knowledgeable A-dec team and experience the A-dec dental chairs and stools in a relaxed atmosphere, all of this led to our best show in many years, with more leads than recent years and a much higher volume of sales too.”


There were lots of new features at this year’s show, including the inaugural Implant Zone, at which selected leading members of the team from the Association of Dental Implantology gave lectures and demonstrations on this increasingly important aspect of dentistry. Current ADI President, Philip Friel, said, “Our programme at Dental Showcase has been a fabulous opportunity to share the advances we have made in implantology. And it was pleasing to see the huge level of interest from dental professionals and be able to answer their questions and provide advice.”


BDIA Showcase 2015BDIA’s Executive Director Tony Reed added, “Showcase plays a vital role in facilitating business for the sector enabling exhibitors and buyers to meet on a one-to-one basis to conduct business.”


“Like many others within dentistry I am concerned about the proliferation of events diluting audiences both for exhibitors and the profession. This has refined our audience significantly. A substantial amount of business of mutual benefit has been conducted during Showcase and we are looking forward to another productive event in London next year.”

Visitor and exhibitor feedback clearly shows that BDIA Dental Showcase was a great success. Ken Finlayson, the CEO of FMC summarised; “This year’s Dental Showcase was exceptional in terms of the consistent calibre of attendees. We had our best ever Showcase and will definitely be taking a major stand in London. It feels like the dental world is getting stronger and stronger.”


BDIA Dental Showcase 2016 will be held at ExCeL London from 6-8th October 2016, so make a note in your diary and start planning your visit now!


Delegates can download their CPD certificates from this year’s exhibition by visiting www.dentalshowcase.com from 9 November 2015.


2nd November 2015Andrea Johnson is fundraising for her volunteering trip to Uganda in March 2016

In many parts of the world there is little or no access to dental care.
This can mean enduring the pain and suffering of toothache, abscesses and diseases, with no hope of relief.
Dentaid is a charity dedicated to improving the oral health of disadvantaged communities around the world.


In aid of dentaid

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The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s only professional association for dental nurses, celebrated its 75th birthday with an Anniversary Afternoon Tea at the Hilton Metropole today (24 October 2015), sponsored by the Community Dental Service-CIC, the University of Kent and Source1UK.

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Dental nurses from across the country joined BADN President Jane Dalgarno, together with Past Presidents and former Deputy Chief Dental Officer Sue Gregory for tea, finger sandwiches and cakes – and a glass of fizz – to celebrate 75 years of supporting dental nurses.


The event even had royal approval – in a letter from Buckingham Palace Her Majesty sent “ her best wishes to all concerned for a most memorable and enjoyable afternoon”.


After the cutting of the birthday cake, Sue Gregory, Chair of Community Dental Services-CIC, spoke briefly about the BADN’s 75 year history, and her support for the new President, whom she described as “a dedicated dental professional with a calm determination to continue to further the work of BADN and the quality of dental nursing” before proposing the toast “The British Association of Dental Nurses and its President”. The President then presented Past Presidents, together with current Chief Executive Pam Swain, with a commemorative 75th anniversary brooch, sponsored by Alkapharm.


In a surprise presentation, the President received bouquets of flowers from Tempdent, the Cambridge Dental Nursing Academy, Dental Nurse Training? Solutions!, the University of Kent, the Community Dental Service and the Dental Laboratories Association/British Association of Clinical Dental Technicians.


Everyone attending the Tea took home table gifts of dental keyrings and gift bags of products supplied by Robinson Healthcare. One lucky guest at each table won the beautiful floral centerpiece to take home; the President presented the centerpiece from the top table to the senior Past President at the Tea, 95 year old Ethel Lote of Walsall.


Jane Dalgarno cutting the cakePresident Jane Dalgarno, who had taken up the post earlier that day at the Presidential Inauguration ceremony held at the NEC, alongside the BDIA Dental Showcase, said “It has been a pleasure to host such an auspicious event, in the company of a number of Past BADN Presidents and members – thank you all for coming. I should also like to thank our sponsors the Community Dental ServiceCIC, the University of Kent, Source1UK, Robinson Healthcare and Alkapharm.”


26th October 2015Congratulations to Chris Maryan who was presented with a DTA Fellowship at Dental Showcase on Saturday 24 October

Chris Maryan was presented with a DTA Fellowship at the Dental Showcase on Saturday 24th October


21st October 2015Vacancy for crown and bridge dental technician in Heanor, Derbyshire.

An established ISO registered laboratory is looking to recruit an ambitious, enthusiastic, self motivated individual, to develop a new Crown and Bridge department within their already busy Prosthetics lab.

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For more details and application information please visit the members' Jobs page on this website (login required)



21st October 2015Antimicrobial Resistance In Dentistry

The FGDP(UK) supports a report by the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy in Washington DC, published this week in the Lancet (15/10/15), which highlights the detrimental overuse of antibiotics, the dangers of inappropriate use, and what steps can be taken to keep them working. Antibiotics underpin modern medicine and dentistry and many treatments and procedures, such as chemotherapy, transplants and joint replacements, rely on them. However, the number of infections treatable by antibiotics is decreasing due to antimicrobial resistance and there is a significant global public health risk if we continue to prescribe at the current rate.

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The FGDP(UK)’s guideline Antimicrobial Prescribing For General Dental Practitioners provides evidence based guidance for prudent prescribing and antimicrobial stewardship for dental conditions and remains a key theme of the Faculty’s work.


The FGDP(UK) will again be actively supporting European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November and Public Health England’s Antibiotic pledge campaign in the same month, by collaborating with the Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and the Antibiotic-Action initiative to encourage more prudent antimicrobial prescribing within dentistry. The pledge we will be asking all to join is “I will make more time to manage infections and only prescribe antibiotics in line with published guidelines”.


FGDP(UK) Dean, Mick Horton said “The FGDP(UK)’s evidence based guidance sets out sensible protocols for dental practitioners when considering the need to prescribe antimicrobials. It is vital that dental practitioners recognise their role in helping to reduce the development of antimicrobial resistance .”


16th October 2015Take a seat, or a stool or a cabinet…

Discover the latest in practice furniture and design at BDIA Dental Showcase.


Whether you want to completely refurbish your practice or are looking for specific fixtures or fittings, there really is only one place to compare your options and to take advantage of some fantastic deals.

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BDIA Dental Showcase is the UK’s premier dental trade show and on the 22-24 October over 350 exhibitors, along with over 10,000 dental professionals, will be converging on the NEC in Birmingham. It’s also home to a whole range of mini lectures, on-stand presentations and special events.


Among those present will be the experienced team from A-dec Dental UK who will be on StandM65 to share their experience in the design of dependable, ergonomic and stylish dental equipment. With a range of dental stools, chairs lights and cabinets, the range has something for every clinical need. They can also design your surgery layout and have the units installed by skilled and accredited engineers, all backed by excellent support and customer service whenever it is needed.


On Stand J115, Belmont will be challenging dental professionals to think about the way they work and how their treatment centre facilitates that process. Belmont's 'Below-the-Patient' delivery systems have been designed with the aim to increase efficiency of space, energy and time. In addition, delegates will be able to learn about the state-of-the-artequipment and the dedicated design-and-build service offered by Clark Dental (Stand G195). Their vast catalogue includes dental units, chairs, radiography equipment and much more that help to create a modern, successful dental practice.


To make your visit even more worthwhile, most exhibitors will also be offering exclusive show savings and incentives. For example, Heka Dental (Stand G175) are offering discounts of up to £2000 on their UNIC and UnicLine Treatment Centres, which are available with a warranty of up to 5 years.And as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dental equipment, Midmark (Stand L135) will be featuring a range of exclusive promotions tailored to suit every type of budget.


Are you sitting comfortably?

Back degeneration, shoulder tension and a whole range of ailments can be attributed to poor posture and can be referred to as sitting disorders. These are an increasing issue for society as a whole and the dental profession in particular. As well as exhibiting, Salli Systems (Stand J220) a leading manufacturer of saddle chairs, will be hosting a special mini lecture, Ergonomic sitting in dental practice. Presented by Sari Hintikka-Varis, this presentation looks at how you can introduce the concept of ‘sitting health’ into your practice.


Veli-JussiJalkanen, chairman of the board, Salli Systems comments, “Everyone in the dental profession is potentially affected by such disorders. It’s vital that workplace health and posture is considered for every member of the team. Exhibiting and speaking at BDIA Dental Showcase is a fantastic opportunity to spread this important message.”


This theme is continued by Score (Stand A80) who believe that the use of saddle chairs is a positive contribution to the physical health of dentists and dental nurses. You are invited to the stand to try their chairs and to experience the unique Score Balance technique that helps the saddle swing smoothly.


This is just a small sample of the exciting innovations you can see and experience at BDIA Dental Showcase. If you’ve not registered for your free tickets yet, just go to www.dentalshowcase.com.Check out the website for full details of exhibitors and mini lectures, and you can also download the new Showcase app for latest updates and to help make the most of your visit.


6th October 2015BDIA Dental Showcase: Get organised. Get the app.

With over 300 exhibitors, a plethora of on-stand presentations and demonstrations, dozens of mini lectures and lots of association events and networking opportunities, deciding how to spend your time at BDIA Dental Showcase might seem a daunting task.


But help is at hand in the form of the new BDIA Dental Showcase mobile app.

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You can search through the exhibitors and create a favourites list of those you want to visit to ensure you see all the latest equipment, technologies and products that can benefit you, your patients or your business. There’s also the facility to plan a personalised itinerary of mini lectures and presentations, so you won’t miss any of the exciting sessions given by key industry speakers.


The app has lots of additional features to help you plan your schedule and really get the most from the show, including:

• Interactive floor plan to help you find your way around
• Regular updates of latest news, information andexhibitors
• Stay in touch with links to social media
• Available for iPhone, iPad and Android, plus a web version for Blackberry and Windows Phone


BDIA Dental Showcase is happening on 22-24 October at the NEC in Birmingham, so now’s the time to start planning your visit. Download the app now to enhance your experience before, during and after the event. It’s easy and it’s free – just go to www.dentalshowcase.com.


30th September 2015FGDP(UK) Supports NICE decision on Guidance for Prophylaxis against Infective Endocarditis

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) welcomes the update to NICE guidance on prophylaxis against infective endocarditis and supports its recommendation that no changes be made to the original guidance published in 2008. We note the robustness of the process and methods used to carry out the review. We hope that the advice will be accepted by all healthcare professionals and that patients at risk of infective endocarditis are advised of the importance of maintaining good oral health.

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The FGDP(UK)’s guidelines Antimicrobial Prescribing For General Dental Practitioners reflect the NICE guidance and with the increasing problem of antimicrobial resistance provide evidence based guidance for prudent prescribing and antimicrobial stewardship. These are freely available to view online and can be found at www.fgdpstandards.com. The FGDP(UK) will again be actively supporting European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November and Public Health England’s Antibiotic pledge campaign in the same month.


30th September 2015GDC Update - Raising concerns – new helpline launched

September's GDC Update is now available.


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Articles include:

  • Raising concerns – new helpline launched
  • Changes to indemnity
  • New safety standards published for invasive procedures
  • Visit us at Dental Showcase
  • Decisions from the last Council meeting


Full information can be viewed by going to the GDC News Page:



22nd September 2015Three new Information Sheets Available

Three new Information sheets are available for members.  They are:

Customer Service

Coping with Debt



They can be found by going to the Guidance Documents page in the members' area (login required).


9th September 2015Real or fake? The problem of counterfeit products highlighted at BDIA Dental Showcase

Counterfeit, substandard and non-compliant dental devices are a growing problem within the UK dental sector. Increasing online sales and the globalisation of dental manufacturing has created opportunities for unscrupulous operators to introduce poor quality and even illegal products into the marketplace.

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This will be one of the topics of discussion at the upcoming BDIA Dental Showcase at the NEC in Birmingham on 22nd - 24th October. At the show, the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) will be raising awareness of the issue with its award-winning Counterfeit and Substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI).


Recently featured in an episode of the BBC’s ‘Fake Britain’, the campaign highlights the risks to patients and dental professionals of counterfeit and poor quality products. Through working closely with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the British Dental Association (BDA), the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), the Tooth Whitening Information Group (TWIG), and other professional bodies across the dental profession, the BDIA encourages the reporting of non-compliant and illegal products and promotes responsible purchasing throughout the dental supply chain.


Mick Armstrong, Chair of the BDA Principal Executive Committee, fully supports the initiative, commenting, “The BDA encourages all dentists to source equipment from legitimate, reputable manufacturers and suppliers who can demonstrate that the necessary legal requirements are being met. That will ensure both the quality of equipment purchased, and that dentists, their colleagues and patients are protected”.


Visitors can find out more about the CSIDI campaign at the BDIA stand (D145L), where you can also enter the ‘Spot the Fake’ competition. This challenges you to identify the differences between real and counterfeit instruments and devices. All correct entries will be entered into a draw to win a gift voucher worth £500 to spend with a BDIA member company of your choice.


Although light hearted, the competition underlines the serious message that dental practices should only purchase from reputable suppliers, such as BDIA members, and that if an offer looks ‘too good to be true’, then it probably is Member companies of the BDIA adhere to a strict code of practice that guarantees the quality and provenance of their products. With so many BDIA member companies exhibiting, dental professionals attending BDIA Dental Showcase can be assured that it is the ideal opportunity to find great deals on the highest quality products.


To register for free entry to BDIA Dental Showcase, check out the full list of exhibitors and the complete Mini and On-stand lecture programme, go to www.dentalshowcase.com. You can also receive the latest updates and visitor information by downloading the BDIA Dental Showcase mobile app.



The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN) today [9th Sept] announced its support for the British Association of Dental Therapists’ (BADT) call for an across the board health summit to tackle the inequalities of child health provision.

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A Report released today by charity The National Children’s Bureau, which compared the thirty most deprived local authorities with the thirty most affluent, shows that whilst only 18.4% of children living in the most affluent areas suffer from tooth decay, this rises to 31.6% of 4-5 year olds in the thirty most deprived areas.“A five year old in Leicester is over five times more likely to have tooth decay than a child of the same age in West Sussex.”


The Report confirms that the health and development of children under five is closely linked to the affluence of the area they grow up in, with those living in deprived areas far more likely to suffer poor health. However, it also notes that several areas with high levels of deprivation “buck the trend and achieve better than expected results, suggesting that more work is needed to understand how local strategies and programmes can make a difference” . The Report cites three such local authority areas – Hartlepool, South Tyneside and Islington – which have lower rates of tooth decay despite high levels of deprivation .


BADN President Fiona Ellwood said “This Report further emphasises the need for the dental profession to be included as key stakeholders in the care and well-being of the under-fives. Only recently the shocking statistics were produced on the oral conditions and level of oral disease in this age group. Research has shown that dental care professionals are well placed to intervene and act accordingly, providing in some cases treatment, but more important the care, support, education and guidance that can have a lasting effect and impact on the level of oral disease in a young person’s life. Dental nurses are very much a part of this intervention and provide not only oral health education to young people, families and carers, but are often involved in prevention programmes.”


The Poor Beginnings: health inequalities among young children across EnglandReport is published as responsibility for public health services aimed at the under-fives is transferred from central government to local authorities in October. It is available at www.ncb.org.uk/poorbeginnings where interactive maps detailing local authority performance and regional data are also available.


12th September 2015The Big Skill Share Appeal - bridge2aid

More than 70% of people in the world have no access to dental treatment.

Bridge2Aid believes that everybody has the right to safe emergency dental care.

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Bridge2Aid has now provided access to safe emergency dental care to over 4 million people in Tanzania. We have done this through sending volunteers from the UK dental community to train rural health workers. We are saving lives and freeing millions more from the prospect of misery and pain.

However we need to go further, because the rural population of Tanzania alone is 35 million people. This is what our Big Skill Share is - it’s a game changer, a huge next move.

Now we are returning to the District Dental Officers who we’ve been working alongside on our training programmes and giving them the knowledge to teach others emergency dental skills. This is where we see our core value of sustainability really come to life. It’s a model that becomes self sufficient, and it’s the only realistic way that our work can tackle such a vast problem.


For more information please view the pdf poster at www.dta-uk.org/pdfs2015/BigSkillShare.pdf



9th September 201597% of dentists experience challenging interactions with patients

A Dental Protection survey of 497 members found that 97% experience challenging interactions with patients – half of those encountering it monthly and one in three on a weekly basis. Fifty-six per cent of respondents had experienced aggressive demands for treatment, 48% had received verbal abuse, and a further 39% experienced violent or aggressive behaviour.

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Challenging interactions were found to impact on 88% of respondents’ practice working environment with 94% believing it causes stress and anxiety amongst the dental team, 73% feel it causes a fear of complaints and claims, and 67% reported it leads to delays in appointments.


The majority of respondents (85%) told us that they believe patient expectations are higher than they were five years ago and 50% believe unmet patient expectations to be the most common reason for challenging encounters. Other top factors behind challenging interactions included the patient’s aggressive temperament (43%), a breakdown in communication between the dentist and patient (37%) and the patient’s anxiety about dental treatment (35%).


Dental Protection Director, Kevin Lewis said:


"We understand that patients may be anxious when visiting the dentist and these emotions can be overwhelming, however, no dentist should have to be on the receiving end of aggressive behaviour as a result.


“Dealing with challenging patients understandably impacts on the dental team’s stress levels, morale and fear of litigation, which can in turn affect patient care.”


To ease the situation, dentists advocated communication training (44%), clear information about eligibility for care (42%), and a marketing campaign to boost patient awareness of the role of dentists (40%).


Kevin Lewis continued:


“It is important that dentists are well equipped to deal with such challenges. It is heartening that one in three felt well trained to do so, but 12% believed training was limited and left them unprepared, and 13% responded that training was inadequate.


“Challenging interactions are an inevitable feature of healthcare, however we believe practices should establish robust policies to address this issue. Our team of 60 dentolegal advisers are also on hand to offer support and advice, as well as resources and tailored workshops to help members deal with difficult interactions and improve communication skills.”


4th September 2015FGDP(UK) backs Jamie’s war on sugar

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP(UK)) welcomes last night’s Channel 4 ‘Sugar Rush’ programme in which Jamie Oliver highlighted the shocking impact of excess sugar in our diets. Although the link between a high-sugar diet and obesity and diabetes is well known, the FGDP(UK) was pleased to see that the programme brought attention to the detrimental effect too much sugar can have on our oral health. In particular, the FGDP(UK) feels it was important to show the shocking impact sugar is having on children’s health, and on resources in the NHS.

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’Sugar Rush’ comes soon after figures published last month,* that show the high numbers of extractions and restorations which are carried out on children to treat preventable disease, such as dental caries. Almost 26,000 children in 2013-14 needed to have teeth removed in hospital under general anaesthetic. This is a terrible indictment on the state of the nation’s oral health.


This, alongside the recent Government report**, confirmed what we already all knew; that high levels of sugar consumption are associated with a greater risk of tooth decay. Drinking high-sugar beverages can result in weight gain and the associated increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.


FGDP(UK) Dean Dr Mick Horton, commenting on the programme, said;

“It is wonderful to see Jamie Oliver put his head above the parapet again for the sake of the nation’s health, but he cannot do it alone. It is important that parents understand they have a responsibility to also improve the Dental Health of their children through regular dental appointments, good oral hygiene, and following a low-sugar diet. Recognising that together we can reduce the incidence of tooth decay.”


“The FGDP(UK) calls on the Government to explore the scope for using sales taxation and advertising restrictions in countering the damage done by high levels of sugar consumption.


Furthermore we urge the government to:

  • Work with Public Health England and other stakeholders to develop a robust and effective strategy to help support a reduction in sugar consumption
  • Identify and support effective and innovative methods of encouraging pre-school and school-aged children to attend dental check-ups, particularly in areas where attendance figures are poor
  • Provide guidance for parents of new born children, and indeed expectant parents, to help them to make the best dietary choices for their children
  • Work with schools and the dental profession to include dental advice and prompts as part of existing child health check programmes
  • Support health visitors in providing information about the link between dental caries and sugar consumption, so that good dental care habits can begin from birth.”
* HSIC NHS Dental Statistics for England 2014/15 http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB18129
** Carbohydrates and Health, SACN, 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445503/SACN_Carbohydrates_and_Health.pdf


27th August 2015New Pay Scales Available

New recommend Pay Scales are available for members on this website.  They can be found in the 'Human Resources' section on the Guidance Documents page.


19th August 2015‘Coca-Cola and obesity’ debate overlooks impact on oral health

The debate raging over the impact of Coca-Cola on the obesity crisis overlooks the key point of its effects on our oral heath, dental therapists claim.

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The soft drinks giant was slammed this week when it was discovered it had funded scientific research concluding that physical activity is the biggest predictor of childhood obesity around the world.


According to The New York Times, Coca-Cola teamed up with influential scientists to advance studies that point to lack of exercise as the key culprit whilst downplaying the role of a healthy diet.


But, according to Fiona Sandom, President of the British Association of Dental Therapists,the row overlooks one important factor – the negative impact that sugary drinks have on global oral health.


She said: ‘Up until now, there has been overwhelming scientific evidence that sugary drinks are linked to poor health and there now sits a question mark over this latest study that was funded by Coca-Cola. More importantly, however, the evidence regarding sugary drinks and their link to tooth decay is universal and this in itself can be a precursor to other serious health issues – and there is much research that shows how periodontal disease and systemic health are closely linked.


‘This new study could easily cloud patients’ judgement when they consider the health risks oftheir soft drink consumption. As dental professionals, we must not allow it to encourage complacency within a UK population that needs to embracea balanced dietand good oral hygiene habits in order to help prevent disease and promote a healthy lifestyle.


‘We should remind patients of the dangers of high sugar consumption, especially when ‘hidden’ in fizzy drinks, and educate them in how these can also lead to tooth erosion through constant “acid attacks”.’


The study, conducted by Global Energy Balance Network and financed by the soft drinks manufacturer, downplayed the role that dietary habits have in the current obesity epidemic.


Critics are claiming it has no credibility when its funding has been provided by a company that seeks to promote sugary beverages.


10th August 2015Three new Information Sheets Available

Three new information sheets are available in the members' area of this website. Click the 'Read More' button for details.

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The new Information sheets are:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Pricing
  • Using an Accountant

They can be found on the Guidance Documents page in the members' area of this website (www.dta-uk.org/advice.php) [member login required]



The British Association of Dental Nurses, the UK’s only professional association for dental nurses, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year

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A Celebration Afternoon Tea will be held at the NEC Hilton Metropole on Saturday 24 October 2015, hosted by incoming President Jane Dalgarno following her Inauguration earlier that day. All members of the dental team are invited to attend and reservations can be made through the BADN website www.badn.org.uk/conference.


The Tea will be served with a glass of fizz (special diet and non-alcoholic options available) and has been sponsored by Community Dental Services CIC, the University of Kent MSc pathway in Applied Dental Professional Practice and Robinson Healthcare.


The cost to current BADN members is £20 per person (slightly more to non-members). Places are limited, so book now via www.badn.org.uk/conference or click the “Yes” button on the e-invitation sent to all those on the BADN e-newsletter distribution list.



22nd July 2015Why you won’t want to miss BDIA Dental Showcase

BDIA Dental Showcase is the UK’s premier dental trade event because it’s the show that has something for every member of the team.

This year’s event, held on 22-24 October at the NEC in Birmingham, will host over 350 exhibitors demonstrating the latest in products and services, an extensive programme of CPD mini lectures and presentations, plus the opportunity to find out about new initiatives and developments affecting the dental industry.

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Try and buy

With hands-on access to the latest innovations and a great range of exclusive show offers, Dental Showcase is the perfect event to make the purchases you need to enhance and grow your business. In fact, 73% of visitors made purchases during, or as a direct result of attending, the event last year.

Many companies use the event to announce the launch of exciting new products and services. Whether it’s global brands, world-leading manufacturers, local suppliers, or companies exhibiting for the first time, if you want to be up to speed with what’s happening in the dental world, you need to be at BDIA Dental Showcase.


It’s not just products and services

In addition to experiencing the latest in technology and techniques, there’s a whole lot more to Dental Showcase. This year, for example, sees the launch of the Dietary Zone. Sponsored by The Dairy Council, this dedicated nutritional section recognises the impact of diet on dental health and provides a wealth of information and resources for team members involved in talking to patients about the effect of diet on oral health.

The Association of Dental Implantology will be presenting taster sessions of their highly regarded Introduction to Implantology course, and on Friday 23 October, the BSDHT will be hosting a day of special lectures, awards and CPD for their members.


Catch up and converse

As the UK’s best attended dental trade show, Dental Showcase gives ample opportunity to meet up with friends and colleagues. Many associations will be holding special events and many more will be exhibiting, so you can discuss the latest developments in your particular field. Among the associations in attendance will be the Association of Dental Administrators and Managers, the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the British Association of Dental Nurses, Dental Fusion, the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses and the Orthodontic Technicians Association.


With so much to see and do – start planning now!

Because there’s so much happening at BDIA Dental Showcase, you’ll want to make the most of your visit. Start by registering now for tickets for you and your team, by visiting www.dentalshowcase.com.

The website can help you decide which exhibitors you’ll want to visit and the lectures or demonstrations you won’t want to miss. You can even download the new Dental Showcase app to help your visit go smoothly and to share your thoughts and comments whilst you’re there!



27th July 2015DTA was delighted to welcome representatives from Roland DG (UK) to the Gloucester office

DTA was delighted to welcome representatives from Roland DG (UK) to the Gloucester office today (27/07/15)

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L to R: Andy Dudley, Yosuke Mineno and Peter Kettle with DTA's John Stacey.


20th July 2015PSA report provides grounds for optimism for the GDC - says Dental Protection

Dental Protection believes the dental profession will be disappointed to see that the General Dental Council (GDC) remains at the bottom of the league table of UK healthcare regulators in the Professional Standards Authority’s (PSA) 2014/15 Performance Review Report that accompanies the latest Annual Report and accounts of PSA*. Although this is an unsatisfactory situation, Dental Protection is urging the GDC to act on the feedback and continue taking steps in a sensible direction.

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Overall, the PSA found that the GDC had failed to meet almost one third (seven out of 24) of the PSA’s Standards of Good Regulation – and was particularly critical of the Fitness to Practise procedures. This time last year it was placed broadly on a par with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as one of the two worst-performing regulators; however this year the GDC is the only regulator which is failing to meet six or more of the 24 Standards of Good Regulation.

The PSA Report has reached similar conclusions as those regularly and loudly voiced by Dental Protection, and has highlighted many of the same concerns, in identical areas of the Fitness to Practise process.

Kevin Lewis, Dental Protection’s Director, said:
Nobody in UK dentistry should take any satisfaction from the PSA’s report and this is no time for any “I told you so” comments.

The GDC has been at pains to highlight the fact that this report refers not to the Fitness to Practise process as it exists today, but as it operated six - 18 months ago. To the GDC’s credit, they have taken these criticisms on the chin and have already been entering into constructive dialogue with Dental Protection, and with other interested parties, listening to both constructive criticisms and well-intentioned suggestions in equal measure and are taking sensible steps in the right direction. They should receive all due credit for that.

The profession may well be sceptical about the GDC’s “that was then and this is now” stance. For this approach to remain credible, it is essential that “now” must remain demonstrably and sustainably different from “then”.

We are emerging from a wholly unsatisfactory situation and previous unrealised expectations that place even greater emphasis on the long-term maintenance and embedding of the recent encouraging improvements. There is still plenty of work to be done, but there are more grounds for optimism that the PSA’s latest report might suggest. We look forward to our continued engagement with the GDC as they make further improvements over the upcoming months.


* PSA 2014/15 Performance Review Report


20th July 2015Is dental therapy the future of dentistry?

Birmingham plays host to the BADT Conference this year (25-26 September) and all eyes will be on the future role of the dental therapist.

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Taking place at Aston Conference Centre in the centre of the city, ‘Your Future, Your Hands’ is two-day event that promises a look ahead to the future of dental therapy.


And former Chief Dental Officer for England, Barry Cockcroft – who it was announced earlier this month has joined the board of the IDH Group as a non-executive director – will discuss the part DCPs should play in improving oral health and services in the future.


The ‘future’ theme is further explored in a lecture on the dangers of posting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, a look at the ‘time bomb’ of perioimplantitis, smile design, and a minimally invasive approach to dental therapy.


Among the speakers are Colgate’s Anousheh Alavi, Amit Patel, Nik Sethi, Leigh Hunter, and the team from social networking site, Dev and Amit Patel.


And, for this year’s conference, Friday will be dedicated to a whole day of lectures, followed by a series of hands-on workshops throughout the Saturday.


On registration, delegates will be able to selecta workshop of their choice on a first come, first served basis.


A sumptuous Presidential Dinner takes place on Friday evening in a private dining room at the Aston conference centre, with tickets available online.


The conference offers verifiable CPD.


To book or for further information, visit www.badt.org.uk.



16th July 2015Kids’ dental health habits must start at home

A new study is calling on dental teams to alert parents to the oral health risk of sharing spoons with toddlers at mealtimes

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It coincides withthe latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre that show nearly 26,000 children, aged five to nine, were admitted to hospital in England in 2013-14with tooth decay.


This has increased by14% since 2011 – a ‘crisis point’ according to the Royal College of Surgeons’ dental faculty.

Now dental therapists are warning that children’s oral health must begin at home, with parents and caregivers given a comprehensive education if preventive measures are to be successful.


They say that the first port of call should be expectant mothers.


The original studyinvestigatedhow health behaviours related to the potential transmission of oral bacteria from mother to child.

Acknowledging that health behaviours play a major role in the prevention of the most common oral diseases, it suggested a need within in patient health education formore emphasis on how to prevent bacterial transmission from caregiver to child during feeding.


The study polled mothers attending child health clinics in Finland usinga questionnaire that addressed the issues of health knowledge and behaviours such as sharing a spoon with their child, kissing on the lips, and the mothers’ tooth brushing, smoking, age, and level of education.


Of the mothers, 11% believed that oral bacteria could not be transmitted from mother to child.


The most common health practices related to bacterial transmission from the mother’s mouth to the child’s mouth was kissing the child on the lips (38%), followed by sharing a spoon when feeding the child (14%).


The research reported: ‘Behaviours related to the transmission of oral bacteria, together with diet and oral hygiene, are important in the aetiology of dental caries in toddlers. Consequently, protecting babies and toddlers from the maternal transmission of oral bacteria is considered vital to their oral health.


‘The World Health Organization, for example, has published various guidelines and recommendations on health practices for mothers and caregivers. In addition, reducing the mother’s own oral bacteria is believed to minimise its transmission to the child and thus to decrease the risk for caries.’


Only parents (or caregivers) with active tooth decay can spread the Streptococcus mutans bacteria through the transfer of saliva.

But Fiona Sandom, president of the British Association of Dental Therapists, believes dental teams should focus on the facts that gum disease and caries bacteria transmission remain problematic and areboth often overlooked.


She said: ‘There have been many studies about the transmission of cavity-causing bacteria from mother to baby. The primary culprit is Streptococcus mutans, that can pass from person to person through the transfer of saliva so sharing utensils, blowing on food, and even kissing toddlers on the mouth all pose a risk.


‘As dental professionals, we should be educating parents about the risks to primary dentition that is especially vulnerable during the period of eruption.


‘But tooth decay is caused by many other factors and, as well as highlighting the dangers of transmitting infectious saliva, we also need to discuss good oral hygiene (for mother and child), a no-sugar diet and the importance of avoiding bad feeding practices, such as letting a baby constantly suck on the spout of a beakerfull of juice, milk or other sugary drinks. Baby teeth are particularly vulnerable to decay and it is never too early to talk about prevention and good oral health practices.’


Fiona added: ‘Children’s dental health education must begin withmothers-to-be. By highlighting the possibility that their own dental health can be compromised during pregnancy due to hormone changes, it encourages effective and regular cleaning habits that will help prevent tooth decay and caries and, therefore, reduce the risk of any negative transmission to their offspring.


‘As dental therapists, we need to share with parents the key preventive oral health measures that will help to eradicate children’s tooth decay.’


Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of the Royal College of Surgeons' dental faculty, said of the soaringchild hospital admission figures: ‘We need to stop talking and have action to bring several bodies together – the Royal College of Surgeons, Public Health England, NHS England, government and industry to make sure we improve all aspects of oral health.’



Reference: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6831/15/75


13th July 2015Four New Factsheets Available

Four new DTA factsheets have been added to the 'Guidance Documents' section of the website

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The factsheets are:

  • Equality Act 2010
  • Holidays & Time Off Work
  • Maternity, Paternity & Adoption Rights

They can be found under the HR section in the members' area under Guidance Documents



  • Taxation & Incorporation

which can be found under the Finance section




2nd July 2015National Minute of Silence on Friday 3 July 2015

The Dental Technologists Association team will observe the national one minute of silence on 3 July at noon in remembrance of the victims of the Tunisian beach attack.


30th June 2015Don’t forget to complete and file your CPD return for the General Dental Council on time

You can do this by either completing the details on the form recently sent to you and returning to them, or by inputting your information on the GDC website (eGDC)

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If you are selected by the GDC, as part of their audit system, to provide your full record they will let you know. Do not send them unless the GDC requests them.


Don’t forget if you are a Dental Care Professional you must do a minimum of 50 hours verifiable CPD in your CPD cycle. That’s 10 verifiable CPD

hours per year over the 5 year cycle. By completing the CPD in The Technologist and Articulate you will comfortable achieve the required number of hours (subject to achieving a 50% pass rate).


Further information about CPD can be found @ http://www.gdc-uk.org/Newsandpublications/Publications/Publications/Continuing%20Professional%20Development%20for%20Dental%20Professionals.pdf


30th June 2015New Edition of Articulate Available

The latest edition of Articulate is now available on this website.

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Members can go to www.dta-uk.org/articulate.php to read the July edition


30th June 2015Dental therapists welcome Cochrane Review on fluoridation

The British Association of Dental Therapists(BADT) has welcomed the findings of the Cochrane Oral Health Review on water fluoridation

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British Associations of Dental TherapistsAcknowledging that children from poorer backgrounds have greater levels of tooth decay, the Cochrane Oral Health Group’s review of studies on fluoridated water suggests that the introduction of water fluoridation resulted in a 35% reduction in decayed, missing or filled baby teeth and a 26% reduction in decayed, missing or filled permanent teeth.


It also increased the percentage of children with no decay by 15%.


The results indicate, they concluded, that water fluoridation is effective at reducing levels of tooth decay in both children’s baby and permanent teeth but that further research needed to be carried out.


The authors added: ‘The decision to implement a water fluoridation programme relies upon an understanding of the population's oral health behaviour (e.g. use of fluoride toothpaste), the availability and uptake of other caries prevention strategies, their diet and consumption of tap water and the movement/migration of the population.’


Commenting on the review, BADT president, FionaSandom, said:‘I work in an area of high need and poverty and welcome these findings. In Wales, the recently published Dental Epidemiological Survey of three year olds in Wales 2013-14: First Release Report on Caries into Dentine clearly shows that children in the most deprived areas of Wales experience the most disease.Whilst we have the invaluable Designed to Smile brushing programme, it fails to reach those very young children who, by the age of three, already have decay.

‘Dental decay in the young affects the child’s ability to speak, eat and learn and is the primary reason forchildren being admitted to hospital for general anaesthetic. I know there are other ways of exposing the teeth to fluoride, but it requires both motivation and opportunity – something not always readily available to the most vulnerable.’


She added: ‘I have also seen first hand the benefit of water fluoridation as I grew up on Anglesey, which was itself fluoridated until 1990 and seen the decay levels subsequently rise in the population.


‘Dental therapists can help child patients out of pain, but fluoride is key to prevention in many cases.’


30th June 2015BDIA Elects New President

Mike Cann, Managing Director of Septodont Limited, has been elected President of the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA).

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Mike CannMike, who has 30 years of experiencein the industry,comments, “I am delighted to have been elected as the new President of the BDIA and look forward to working closely with my fellow Councillors and the staff and members of the Association to build on the strong leadership that the organisation provides.”

He adds, “I am particularly keen to encourage everyone involved in dentistry to maximise the benefit derived from attending the UK’s premier dental event, BDIA Dental Showcase, and to ensure that the Association is leading the industry from the front, while delivering the best possible services and initiatives for all our members”.


Mike was elected at the BDIA’s recent AGM held at Danesfield House, Marlow and takes over from outgoing President, Terry Porter. Sonia Tracey, Managing Director of W & H UK was appointed as Vice- President, and Peter Gowers, Managing Director of Panadent, was re-elected as the Association’s Honorary Treasurer.


16th June 2015BSDSM dental sleep medicine course

Are you interested in additional treatments that might help an estimated 40 per cent or more of your patients? Snoring affects about two in five of the adult UK population

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it is estimated that there are approximately 1.5 million adults in the UK who have obstructive sleep apnoea but only about 330,000 are diagnosed and treated. The management of sleep disorders is a rapidly developing branch of healthcare of interest to a growing number of dentists – including those newly qualified.


The British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine (BSDSM) is again holding its popular introductory course for dentists and dental technicians called 'The Management of Snoring and Sleep Apnoea in Dental Practice' on Saturday 18 July in Oxford.This course enables you to introduce dental sleep medicine in your practice or laboratory and there is a special discount for Foundation Dentists.


The one-day course includes:
• An overview of sleep disordered breathing with special reference to the association of obstructive sleep apnoea and snoring.
• An explanation of how oral appliances work with an overview of custom and non-custom devices.
• How to safely assess and monitor patients.
• Practical advice on introducing a dental sleep medicine service into your practice or laboratory
• Hands-on experience practicing protrusive registration, fitting a selection of custom mandibular advancement appliances, together with an appliance evaluation group discussion.


The BSDSM Management of Snoring and Sleep Apnoea in Dental Practice course is on Saturday 18 July at The Oxford Hotel, Godstow Road, Oxford OX2 8AL. It runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm and qualifies for six hours of verifiable CPD.


The cost is £298 for BSDSM members and £350 for non-members. For Foundation Dentists, there is a generous 50% discount the costs being £149 for BSDSM members and £175 for non-members (Foundation Dentists should contact BSDSM President Elect, Dr Aditi Desai, directly on aditidesai@me.com).All delegates receive a comprehensive course manual, as well as the BSDSM screening protocol.

For more information and online booking (except Foundation Dentists) go to: http://dentalsleepmed.org.uk/shop/


18th June 2015Dental Protection responds to Which? report on NHS appointment availability

Further to the Which? report into NHS dental appointments, you may be interested in the below comment from Kevin Lewis

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Kevin Lewis, Director at Dental Protection said:


“It is deeply disappointing to see public confidence in their dentists being undermined yet again. The Which? report has revealed a lack of understanding of the current NHS system in England and Wales. Dental practices have their services commissioned by the NHS under contracts which effectively cap the total number of courses of treatment that can be provided and paid for in any financial year. In March, when this study was carried out, many practices will already have reached that cap and in many of these cases the delay of more than two weeks may well reflect the start of the following financial year and the availability of funding. Dentists are effectively being criticised for not being prepared to provide dental treatment at their own expense, for which the NHS will not reimburse them.


“Even where remaining contract funding exists, dental practices, just like GP medical practices and hospitals, have a finite capacity for the number of patients that can be seen and treated. Telling patients at the time of their initial contact what the likely delay is before an appointment can be offered, is not “luring patients in” and “deceiving patients”, but providing patients with information that can inform their choice of which practice to attend. As more dental practices become weary of the criticism of their motives, and turn instead to the private sector, waiting lists for NHS dental treatment in other local practices will simply become longer. The regional picture revealed by Which? actually supports the contention that NHS availability is at its worst in areas where more dentists are known to have left the NHS.


“Nobody would support cases where patients are being deliberately misled, but it is not acceptable to assume that this must be the case, simply because a dental practice – perhaps through the quality and popularity of the service it provides – finds that the demand for its services exceeds its capacity to supply them.”


To read the full report please go to http://www.which.co.uk/news/2015/06/nhs-dentist-access-real-choice-is-out-of-reach-405973/#?intcmp=HP.hero.large.2.wcunews.nhsdentistaccess.jun16


15th June 2015Stress and conflict in the workplace

Visit the ACAS South West website to read their articles on Stress and Conflict in the work place

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12th June 2015Great summer offer for former DTA members

If your DTA membership has lapsed we have a great Summer Offer for you.


It’s only one phone call away and for only £56 (June – December 2015) you get all this:


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  • Access to up to 30 hours of free verifiable CPD every year
  • A members only publication - The Technologist
  • A members only ezine - Articulate
  • 24 hour legal helpline
  • Exclusive access to a range of Factsheets on a variety of issues, including pay
  • Access to a market leading Professional Indemnity insurance cover
  • Great, informative website www.dta-uk.org

Click here for more information (pdf)


12th June 2015The British Association of Dental Nurses celebrates 75 years of supporting dental nurses this year

To mark this anniversary, a Drinks Reception was held on 21 May 2015 at the Naval & Military Club, London

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Fiona EllwoodThe event was sponsored by the British Dental Industry Association, Closer Still Media, Laura Horton Consulting, Parliament Hill Ltd, Purple Media, Square Mile Insurance, Trafalgar Risk Management and WR Berkley Insurance (Europe) Ltd.


BDIA President Terry Porter presented BADN President Fiona Ellwood with a commemorative glass to mark the occasion (photo). In her speech, Fiona thanked not only the BDIA for their long standing support of BADN and dental nursing but also the other sponsors; and paid tribute to those dental nurses who had in the past formed and developed the Association and the dental nursing profession.


“The Association and profession would not be where we are today without them” said Fiona. “It is right that we look back and recall those who have paved the way, but it is equally important to look to the future. I thank you on behalf of the British Association of Dental Nurses for joining us in our celebrations, I know many of you have travelled far to be with us. Many of you have been part of this journey and will know how much the role of the dental nurse has changed over the years, when registration finally came to fruition nobody could have imagined the sheer impact that it would have and indeed what it will mean for the future, but it is one with much greater opportunity and who knows where it will end. It is a privilege to be in post at such a momentous time for the Association, nevertheless this year will see the end of my tenure.” BDIA’s Tony Reedresponded with “here’s to the next 75 years!”.


There will be a further event later in the year – details will be made available to BADN members through the website www.badn.org.uk, the “British Dental Nurses’ Journal” and by e-newsletter.


12th June 2015Registration for BDIA Dental Showcase 2015 now open!

The most highly anticipated dental event of the year, BDIA Dental Showcase has officially opened registration for 2015. This year’s event will be held on 22-24 October at the NEC in Birmingham.

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BDIA Dental Showcase 2015BDIA Dental Showcase is the UK’s largest B2B dental trade show, with the 2014 show seeing over 9,500 audited visitors through the door. With many more speakers and industry specialists in attendance, BDIA Dental Showcase is the ultimate place to explore the latest products and technologies, make purchasing decisions and broaden your knowledge. Our specially developed lecture programme provides short, focussed sessions delivered by experts both on stands and in the two mini-lecture theatres will keep you up to date with the latest developments in the industry.


By attending BDIA Dental Showcase you will have the opportunity to meet over three hundred exhibitors and to get hands-on experience of the most comprehensive range of dental equipment, materials and services available in the UK.


For more information, DTA members can visit our Events Page (www.dta-uk.org/events.php#dentalShowcase) or you can go to the BDIA Showcase website (www.dentalshowcase.com)


12th June 2015Recruitment: Hiring the people you really need

With the economy picking up again many employers are looking to recruit new staff.

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12th June 2015Are you up to date? Latest on Holiday pay, Fit for Work, Zero Hours Contracts

Read the latest information in the ACAS South West newsletter

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3rd June 2015ACAS e-connect Newsletter (June 2015)

The June ACAS e-connect newsletter is now available to view online

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29th May 2015GDC responds to Queen’s Speech

The General Dental Council (GDC) has expressed extreme disappointment that yet again a Bill to reform professional regulation in the interests of patients and the public was not in the Queen’s Speech, despite widespread consensus that it is necessary.

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2nd June 2015DTA member survey 2015

This survey is about you and your requirements from your professional association - DTA.


Let us know your thoughts by answering our short survey and might be the winner of a high street gift voucher to the value of £50!

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29th May 2015Job Vacancy Available - Lecturer in Dental Technology

A School of Health Sciences seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Dental Technology to join a small established team to teach Dental Technology on approved programmes offered by the School and to identify new areas of provision to broaden a highly specialist unit.

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27th May 2015NEBDN launches new website

In preparation for some exciting changes planned for later in the year, the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) has launched its brand new website www.nebdn.org, which aims to give visitors a better understanding of NEBDN, its values, its standards and its aspirations to remain at the forefront of dental nursing education in the UK.

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Created to offer a central hub for dental nursing students, registered dental nurses, course providers, employers and examiners, the new website incorporates a mine of information from the dental nursing industry nationwide.

Potential trainee dental nurses can review information on dental nursing as a career choice and how to apply for the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing, the first step on the path to a career in dental nursing. Qualified dental nurses can find out how to progress their career through a variety of NEBDN post-registration courses which will equip them with high calibre qualifications to support their professional role as a valued member of the dental team.

Comments Phil Hughes, Chief Executive of NEBDN, “The re-design of our corporate website was long overdue, but so much has been happening within NEBDN over the past couple of years that we needed to take stock of what we’d achieved and reflect on our future plans and aspirations.

“Dental nurse education is developing at a tremendous rate as the profession becomes more recognised as a valuable part of the modern dental care team. I’m proud to say that NEBDN is leading the way, by ensuring our qualifications are robust and relevant and that our students have access to course providers across the country, all fully accredited and monitored by the NEBDN Quality Assurance team.

“The new website is a framework on which we will be hanging lots of new resource material over the coming months. We’re looking forward to being able to support students at every stage of their career. It is a very exciting time for NEBDN!”

For further information contact Carole Houston, Marketing & Communications Lead, NEBDN on 07918 618189 or by email carole.houston@nebdn.org


29th May 2015New Advice Sheet - Usage of Social Media

A new advice sheet on the usage of Social Media is available to members in the Guidelines section of the website


29th May 2015Tesco’s plans for less sugar in drinks “a positive step”, says FGDP(UK)

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) welcomes Tesco’s plans to remove all added sugar from its own-label children’s drinks and cut sugar levels across all of its own-label fizzy drinks.


A progressive reduction in the sugar content of food and drinks represents the most effective way to help tackle obesity and dental caries in children and young adults.

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The FGDP(UK), the professional body for primary care dentists, has supported Action on Sugar’s campaign to reduce sugar levels in the UK to less than 5% of total energy intake by working with food manufacturers and suppliers. This echoes advice given to the English Government by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) in its June 2014 draft report on carbohydrates and health. The Faculty has also helped to inform Public Health England’s plans to reduce dietary sugar.


Dr Paul Batchelor, Vice Dean Elect of the FGDP(UK) and an Advisor in Dental Public Health, says, “This is a positive step by a major food supplier in efforts to deal with the growing problem of obesity and dental caries in the UK population. Tooth decay remains a significant health concern in the UK and it is imperative that we work to achieve consensus on dietary sugar reduction. The plans announced by Tesco today, together with similar initiatives from other supermarkets, mark a step towards helping to reduce morbidity and the burden of disease in the UK. We encourage all producers to act together in bringing about the urgent changes needed in the formulation of food and drink, and we would expect to see further initiatives after the SACN publishes its final recommendations later this year.”



29th May 2015Dental therapists pledge support for ‘anti-sugar’ campaign

The British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT) has pledged its support for a pressure group working towards reversing the nation’s addiction to the ‘sweet stuff’.


The association, that represents 600 dental therapists throughout the UK, believes that health professionals need to have a joined-up approach in tackling dental decay and related health issues caused by a high sugar diet.

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Action on Sugar is made up of across-the-board health experts, united in their concern about sugar and its effects on health. It leads with an unprecedented call to tackle and reverse the obesity and diabetes epidemic.


Now, BADT president Fiona Sandomis offering the support of members in the campaigners’ bid to raise the awareness of the harmful effects of a high sugar diet.


Action on SugarEarlier this year, figures from the latest Children's Dental Health Survey revealed huge inequalities in the dental health of children, with children in lower socio-economic families:

• Almost twice as likely to have decay
• More likely to experience toothache
• Having difficulty in finding an NHS dentist
• Facing problems caused by their oral health.


Across the UK, three in 10 five-year olds have visible signs of decay and by the time they reach 15, this increases to nearly one in two.


At the time of the release, Public Health England's director of dental public health, Dr Sandra White, said the survey highlighted “the need to urgently reduce the amount of sugary snacks and drinks in our children's diets”.


According to the British Dental Association, Brits eat around 700g of sugar a week: that’s an average of 140 teaspoons per person.


A study published in September 2014 said that this global recommended sugar intake should be halved to combat dental cavities – and taken even further down to an ideal target of 3%.


In March, a new World Health Organization (WHO) guideline recommended adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake.


A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.


Additionally, the WHO and the UK Health Forum predicts that the proportion of overweight and obese males and females is set to increase in most European countries by 2030, leading to an obesity crisis.


In the UK, 33% of women and 36% of men are forecast to be obese in 2030.


Earlier this week [Friday 22 May], life science minister, George Freeman, became the first minister to back a sugar tax, warning food companies of penalties should they continue to produce food that could lead to unhealthy lifestyles.


Also this week, Tesco became the first supermarket chain to commit to reducing sugar across its entire sugary soft drinks range.

KawtherHashem, researcher and nutritionist of Action on Sugar said: “Tooth decay is one of the most widespread health problems and it is thought around a third of UK children aged 12 have visible tooth decay. Added sugar has found its way into almost all food, and the use of sugar as a means to calm, entertain, or reward children has become normalised, whereas sugar should be an occasional treat. The government must stop acting in the best interests of the food and drink industry rather than individuals, and take action on sugar now.”


Commenting on the BADT’s support for Action on Sugar, president, Fiona Sandom, said: “There is a real appetite for change over the unnecessary and unhealthy amount of sugar in our diets and it is up to all health professionals to ensure we educate our patients of the full health benefits of cutting sugar out of diets.

“Dental therapists are well placed to offer guidance from an oral health perspective but, in doing so, can also help to reverse this alarming obesity and diabetes epidemic that threatens the wellbeing of a nation hooked on sugar.”

For more information about Action on Sugar, visit www.actiononsugar.org.


29th May 2015Manchester Metropolitan University Poster Presentations 2015

A powerpoint presentation is available to download (23MB)

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29th May 2015New Advice Sheets Available

Three new factsheets are available to DTA members.


They are Employers Liability Insurance, Product Liability Insurance and Public Liability Insurance

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Go to Guidance Documents from the For Members menu (http://www.dta-uk.org/advice.php)


20th May 2015New Devices Online Registration System (DORS)

The new Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Devices Online Registration System (DORS) is now live

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You can now register the following devices online and manage your details directly:


  • class I medical devices
  • systems and procedure packs
  • custom made medical devices
  • custom made active implantable devices
  • in vitro diagnostic devices online and manage your details directly.


For the press release (Gov.uk - 30/1/15), please Click Here


To go direct to the DORS website, Click Here


14th May 2015BDIA Tech Show Prize Winner

The BDIA is delighted to announce the winner of the recent Tech Show prize draw as John Ball of The Lab, Barwell, Leicestershire. John received a package of prizes worth over £2,000 donated by generous Tech Show exhibitors.

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John Ball with Edmund ProffittAt a presentation held at his laboratory on 12 May John commented, "I am delighted to have won this prize. I really benefitted from visiting the participating exhibitors at Tech Show and the speakers’ and exhibitors’ knowledge was invaluable in developing our work with Cad/Cam and implant restorations. A big thank you to everyone who organised Tech Show, and the BDIA."


John’s prizes include an NSK Ultimate XL and micro-motor repair vouchers, an iPad Mini from Henry Schein, a Valpast Patient Care kit, a five day pass for Dentistry 2015 from FMC, two DTA memberships, a £50 WHW voucher, OTA membership and a year’s subscription to the journal of Orthodontics.


Our congratulations go to John and we are pleased he found his two day visit to Tech Show both useful and informative.


Photo: John Ball (left) with BDIA's Edmund Proffitt


13th May 2015Bridge2Aid Smile In Pink Fun Day - 5th June

Once again we will be holding our "Smile in Pink" Day on Friday 5th June - during National Smile Month.

Last year, hundreds of practices, businesses, schools and groups wore pink and had a lot of fun whilst raising vital funds for our work. Every £1 raised will go a long way, and all those £s add up, so that together we can make a huge difference.

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Once again we will be holding our "Smile in Pink" Day on Friday 5th June - during National Smile Month.


Last year, hundreds of practices, businesses, schools and groups wore pink and had a lot of fun whilst raising vital funds for our work. Every £1 raised will go a long way, and all those £s add up, so that together we can make a huge difference.


In 2014, we saw some great ideas to raise money - including cake sales, raffles, selling our wrist bands, sponsored events, running OHE clinics for a donation, and many just asked each patient to put £1 in the pot.


If you'd like to get involved this year, click here to register or email fundraising@bridge2aid.org now, and we will be in touch and send you a "Smile in Pink" pack to get started.


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13th May 2015FGDP(UK) launches the Open Standards Initiative

Dental standards and guidance documents from FGDP (UK) are now available for ALL dental professionals through the Open Standards Initiative

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From the 8th May the Open Standards Initiative offers all dental professionals access to the highly regarded standards and guidance documents produced by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) [FGDP (UK)], whether they are members of the Faculty or not.

As part of a programme designed to ensure the documents reach the widest possible audience, the Open Standards Initiative means every dental professional will be able to view the full text of all FGDP (UK) standards and guidance documents online. Documents include Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography guidelines and Clinical Examination and Record Keeping amongst others.


"The FGDP (UK) exists to raise standards of oral health through standard setting, publications, postgraduate training and assessment, education and research. We want our standards and guidance documents to reach the widest possible audience for the benefit of the profession and the patients we treat in order to fulfil this mission," says Dr Trevor W. Ferguson, Dean of the FGDP (UK).


"We are releasing e-book versions of our standards and guidance, as well as continuing to sell the existing book versions. This is phase 1 of the Open Standards Initiative," continues Trevor. "We shall be releasing details of Phase 2 of the Open Standards Initiative later this year!"


To access the documents Faculty members will simply need to log onto the website www.fgdp.org.uk as usual. Non-members will in time be required to register but at present will be able to log on using openstandards as both the user name and password. There will be no charge to view the text online.


Background to the Open Standards Initiative

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) exists to positively influence oral health through education of the dental profession and the provision of evidence-based guidance.


Published as a set of books, the FGDP (UK)'s standards have long been accepted by the dental profession, regulators and indemnifiers as authoritative guides to safe practice,best practice and aspirational practice in dentistry. However, the Faculty has long recognised that there is disconnect between its aims in producing the standards guidance and the method it uses to disseminate them.


"The FGDP (UK)'s standards and guidance will not have the influence on the profession and therefore nation's oral health that they otherwise could while they remain behind a pay-wall," says Dr Trevor W. Ferguson, Dean of the FGDP (UK). " For this reason today we are announcing the launch of a major new initiative: The Open Standards Initiative."


The first phase of the Open Standards Initiative (OSI) starts with the removal of the pay-wall that exists around the Faculty's standards. From today, three of the FGDP (UK)'s publications will be available to view online without charge. These publications are:


Clinical Examination And Record Keeping Selection Criteria For Dental Radiography Antimicrobial Prescribing For General Dental Practitioners These will be followed in due course with the addition of updated versions of:


Standards In Dentistry Guidance For The Maintenance Of Natural Rubber Latex Allergies All members of the dental profession will be able to access these publications either through their FGDP (UK) membership login or by registering on the FGDP (UK) website.

The FGDP (UK) will work with partner organisations, from dental schools to indemnifiers to ensure that the profession is aware that these publications are now available.


The second phase of the Open Standards Initiative is a recognition that the way the profession holds and consumes information is changing. Consequently the FGDP (UK) is launching e-book versions of its standards, to be followed later in the year by a mobile app.


Dean of the FGDP (UK) Trevor Ferguson says, "The Open Standards Initiative represents a major change in the way that the FGDP (UK) relates to the dental profession. We recognise that however good they may be, our standards and guidance have no impact if people do not have access to them. Today we begin the process of providing every dental professional in the UK with free online access to our standards guidance, and in the process of facilitating better informed clinical judgements."


The Faculty of General Dental Practice(UK) was formed in 1992 as the academic home for general dental practitioners (GDPs). The FGDP (UK) is based at The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng) with the aim of improving the standard of care delivered to patients through standard setting, publications, postgraduate training and assessment, education and research. Around 95% of the dental care in the UK is provided in the primary dental care setting. The FGDP (UK) looks after the continuing professional development (CPD) and training needs of both dentists and dental care professionals (DCPs) working in this field.


Membership of the FGDP (UK) is open to all dentists, dental surgeons and dental care professionals registered with the General Dental Council.



For further information or to include an image with this press release please contact Ed Martin on 01582 729918 or email ed@stockdalemartin.co.uk, or Gareth Kingston on 0207 869 6778, email gkingston@rcseng.ac.uk


13th May 2015DTA Fellowships 2015

DTA Fellowships were presented to Larry Browne, Chris Maryan and Tony Reed on Saturday 9th May at the BDA Honours and Awards Dinner in Manchester – congratulations to them all.

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DTA Fellowships Awards

Mike McGlynn introducing the 2015 Fellowship Awards


Larry Browne

Left to Right: Nairn Wilson, Larry Browne & Mike McGlynn


Tony Reed

Left to Right: Nairn Wilson, Tony Reed, Mike McGlynn and Mick Armstrong


For previous winners, please visit The DTA Fellowships page


8th May 2015Great opening day for British Dental Conference & Exhibition

The Presidential meeting took place which saw Nairn Wilson CBE receive the chains of office from retiring President, Alasdair Miller and BDA Chair, Mick Armstrong deliver a rousing opening speech.


Excellent clinical sessions took place including: treatment of the worn dentition, digital dentistry, implant complications, ceramic crowns, endodontics, periodontics and lots of core CPD.

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Lots going on tomorrow (Saturday) -  For a full list go to http://conference.bda.org/lectures/saturday/default.aspx

Practical prosthodontics for the dental team
Sat 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Decontamination in the practice – are your procedures keeping the practice safe?
Sat 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Plans and priorities for general practice
Sat 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Diagnosis in aesthetics: optimising outcomes for hard and soft tissue
Sat 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Preparing for the post amalgam era – resin based composite clinical outcomes and the latest on placement techniques
Sat 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

The changing face of dentistry – the impact of an ageing population on clinical delivery
Sat 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Medical emergencies in the dental surgery
Sat 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Lindsay memorial lecture: In gloved hands - taking a look at how the dental trade has helped to progress dentistry
Sat 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Removable prosthodontics - how to achieve outstanding aesthetic results with partial dentures
Sat 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Emulating nature’s morphology: an anterior composite resin masterclass
Sat 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Practice profitability
Sat 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

How to deal with practice conflicts
Sat 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Antibiotic use and resistance in dentistry: how can we do the best for our patients?
Sat 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Early detection of oral cancer
Sat 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Evidenced based periodontal treatment: protocols for everyday practice
Sat 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

The GDC fitness to practise process – does it work?
Sat 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Modern management of third molar surgery
Sat 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events

Sports related dentistry, dental trauma and the endodontic considerations
Sat 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Hosted By BDA Events


8th May 2015DTA 2015 election results

Both Tony Griffin and Delroy Reeves have been re-elected to the DTA Council. Whilst former President, John Stacey, has returned to Council following a year as co-opted member of Council.


7th May 2015ACAS e-connect Newsletter

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7th May 2015National Smile Month: 18 May to 18 June

National Smile Month is the UK's largest and longest-running oral health campaign.

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Together with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month promotes three key messages to help develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with fluoride toothpaste;
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks;
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

The aim of National Smile Month is to improve the UK's oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people throughout the UK.


You can find out more here.


7th May 2015Illegal tooth whitening

Tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry - legally, it can only be carried out by dentists or dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians, working to a dentist's prescription.

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Ilegal Tooth WhiteningSince the beginning of 2015, we have prosecuted 16 individuals for carrying out tooth whitening illegally.


On 14 April, Samuel Irvine-Madine pleaded guilty at Belfast Magistrates’ Court to unlawfully holding himself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, contrary to section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.


You can read more about his case on the GDC website and his case was also covered by the Belfast Telegraph.


A former dental technician has been prosecuted this month, for a second time, for unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry – namely tooth whitening.


You can find out more about the Jaime Ross case here.


We’ve also taken part in a discussion about illegal tooth whitening on BBC Radio Wiltshire. You can listen again here. The item starts at 38:28 on the timer.



7th May 2015Safeguarding becomes recommended continuing professional development

All dental professionals are required to keep their skills and knowledge up to date throughout their careers by carrying out continuing professional development (CPD). We have identified some CPD topics that dental professionals are recommended to do as we believe that regularly keeping up to date with these topics contributes to patient safety.

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We’ve recently added two new recommended topics - ‘safeguarding children and young people’ and ‘safeguarding vulnerable adults’. Our aim is to increase awareness about these important topics so that all dental professionals feel confident and equipped to raise any concerns about abuse or neglect of vulnerable people.


Find out more about our CPD requirements for dental professionals by visiting the GDC website.



5th May 2015Dental Protection’s Annual Review 2015 - Change is on the way

Dental Protection’s 2015 Annual Review, titled “Change”, will soon be sent to 66,000 members. The publication is a collaborative effort by 66 dento-legal advisers who serve members on five continents.

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The latest edition addresses the changes that have arisen in and around the world of dentistry and also to patient expectations. Both of these factors impact on the standards expected of dental professionals and the way in which the various healthcare professions are being regulated.
Kevin Lewis Dental Director said:

“Dentistry does not exist in isolation from the world in which we find ourselves, and nor is it immune from the pressures and challenges generated by a changing political, economic and social landscape – access and affordability of dental treatment is one such example.

This year’s Annual Review encourages the reader to pause in the face of so much change, and to consider what it all means and how it is affecting our professional lives.”

Mr Lewis encourages members to update their contact details to ensure they receive a copy of this award-winning publication.


5th May 2015NHS England » Appointment of new Chief Dental Officer

NHS England is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Hurley BDS(UBrist) MFGDP(UK) MSc(UCL) MA(KCL) as Chief Dental Officer

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Sara will serve as principal dental adviser and the professional head of dental staff in England. As a senior member of the Medical Directorate, Sara will work in partnership with other directorates, domain leads and other clinical leaders in regional and local area teams to improve outcomes for patients, and champion the role of dentists and dentistry within the health system.


For full information, please visit the NHS England website: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/04/27/new-chief-dental-officer/


8th April 2015NEBDN seeking to strengthen its Board of Trustees

The National Examination Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) is actively recruiting exceptional people from a variety of backgrounds to join the highly experienced Board of Trustees.

The NEBDN, established in 1943, works throughout the UK and Ireland to deliver high quality qualifications for dental nurses. Its mission is to improve the standard of education and training for dental nurses in order to promote patient safety and support effective dental practice.

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As the NEBDN strengthens its position as the leading provider of dental nurse education in the UK, the Board wishes to widen its scope and experience by recruiting suitably qualified professionals from the fields of Finance, Law, Education, Marketing, Business and Dental Care.

Comments Phil Hughes, Chief Executive of NEBDN, “The NEBDN has been through a significant period of change recently and we have some very exciting challenges ahead. In preparation for this we wish to strengthen the Board to support growth and development in a changing external environment.

“The role of Trustee is challenging yet enjoyable as we strive to retain our position in the field of dental nursing education.

“Trustees are required to commit to regular Board meetings and to a small number of supplementary meetings of the Board or sub-committees, together with continuous information exchange which requires a little time each month. However the benefits of being part of the Board of Trustees are numerous, including professional development, peer recognition and the opportunity to give something back to the dental industry.”

If you are interested in becoming part of the NEBDN Board of Trustees, please download an application pack from our website www.nebdn.org or email Phil Hughes, Chief Executive on phil.hughes@nebdn.org


22nd April 20158th International Orthodontic Congress details

Information on the 8th International Orthodontic Congress is now available for members on the DTA website.  Visit the Events page for details http://www.dta-uk.org/events.php#IOC


16th April 2015BDIA unveils re-designed website

The British Dental industry Association (BDIA) has announced the launch of a completely re-designed version of its website, www.bdia.org.uk.

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Key features of the site include a refreshed and more impactful look, a more engaging user experience for both BDIA members and the dental team with enhanced content, navigation and new functionality. All this together with greater optimisation for mobile devices will allow both BDIA members and the wider dental profession to interact more easily with the Association online.

A number of practical enhancements have been made including:


  • Clear messaging for different audiences including members, the profession and non members whilst effectively informing the whole sector of the key activities upon which the BDIA is focused;
  • New site navigation and more prominent search functionality making it quick and easy for the dental profession to connect with quality-focusedBDIA members;
  • New interface enabling BDIA members to easily update their own company profile including changes to their products, ensuring the whole dental team has access to the very latest information;
  • New application form enables companies wishing to join the BDIA with an option to do so online;
  • ‘At a glance’ calendar of BDIA and wider industry events;
  • Exclusive password protected BDIA Members Area provides quick and easy access to valuableresources to help keep members fully up to date with the latest industry news, statistical research, technical and regulatory updates, expert advice and more.


“Our new website is designed to connect the dental industry and the profession. BDIA members can quickly and regularly update their own company information including products and dental engineering services, thereby ensuring the dental profession can easily source the latest products and brands from quality-conscious suppliers they can trust.”

As the national body representing the dental industry, we are committed to driving up quality and standards.Quality assurance of dental products and equipment is becoming increasingly important to the profession as they are responsible for knowing their supply chain. The quality of the dental products they purchase reflects directly upon their professionalism and ultimately their patients’ well-being.” comments BDIA Executive Director, Tony Reed.

“Furthermore, the enhanced content and navigation of our password protected Members Area willgreatly assist BDIA member companies in keeping abreast of the latest industry developments and insight, in turn benefitting the profession at large.”

To visit the site and find out more about the BDIA’s activities and its member companies visit: www.bdia.org.uk.


16th April 2015Dental Protection survey reveals investigations impact on stress and anxiety

A Dental Protection survey of 140 members who have been investigated by the General Dental Council (GDC) reveals that 94% felt it had an impact on their stress and anxiety and 33% had considered leaving the profession because of the experience. The survey also showed that 76% believe the investigation impacted on their personal life and 71% felt it affected their health and wellbeing.

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A third of respondents (32%) believe they received enough support in looking after their health throughout the investigation. However, of those, four in 10 (40%) felt they needed clearer expectations from the GDC and one in 10 (11%) were left feeling they needed counselling.


Kevin Lewis, Dental Director at Dental Protection, said:


“It is worrying that so many dental professionals feel they are suffering from stress and anxiety as a result of a GDC investigation, but not entirely surprising. Investigations can sometimes take years to conclude meaning dental practitioners have to continue practising while waiting for the GDC to decide their fate.


“GDC investigations can also have a long-lasting effect on dental practitioners, with 67% of respondents believing it impacted on their confidence and a quarter (26%) feeling their future career prospects would be affected.


“It is heartening to see that despite the obvious challenges of dealing with a GDC investigation, 49% of members learned from the experience and looked forward to continuing their career.”


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For further information or to arrange an interview with Kevin Lewis please contact Rajiv Pattni on 0207 399 1409 or email Rajiv.Pattni@medicalprotection.org


Dental Protection conducted a survey of dental members to find out about the effect a GDC investigation had on them. The survey ran from 23 March 2015 to 6 April 2015 and received 140 responses.



16th April 2015Holiday pay and commission: The latest

Are you up to date? The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently published its long awaited judgment outlining how commission payments impact on the calculation of holiday pay. There are further issues still to be clarified later this year: we'll keep you posted.

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Find out the latest position on holiday pay and get our tips for getting it right:

See the Acas holiday pay guidance

Ask the experts: attend our special holiday pay seminars 21 April Bristol and 6 May Bournemouth.


For full information visit the Acas Website



16th April 2015‘Dentists inclined to overestimate patient worries about who's delivering their dental care’ says former chief dental officer

Many dentists tend to overestimate the public’s concern about receiving their oral health care from other members of the dental team.

That’s according to recently retired Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England, Barry Cockcroft, who says any reluctance by patients to receive treatment from a dental hygienist or dental therapist instead of a dentist would be ‘unusual’.

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140522 Barry StandardIn an exclusive interview with Fiona Sandom, president of the British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT), the former CDO explained: ‘If you look at the changing health needs of the population now – compared to 20 years ago – and then look ahead another 20 years, it’s clear the pattern of disease has been changing.

‘The majority of the population are going to have much simpler needs and I think this is bound to lead to dental care professionals (DCPs) having a greater role in the delivery of care – in both the NHS and private sectors.’

He added: ‘There is also a growing cohort of older dentate people with potentially complex needs and a range of co-morbidities and it is probable that dentists will need to concentrate more on the needs of those patients.

‘I think dentists tend to overestimate the public concern about the use of DCPs. It would certainly be unusual for a patient to feel reluctant to see a hygienist instead of a dentist for periodontal treatment.’

The BADT president also heard Mr Cockcroft’s thoughts on the need to further educate the public about the role of dental therapists, the legislative changes required to empower DCPs to play a greater part in the delivery of services, and the need for practices to implement a more skill mix-focused workforce.

Fiona SandomHe told Ms Sandom: ‘If I was still in practice, I’d be looking to work in a team with a wide range of skills in order to offer as wide a range of services to our patients as possible.’

Barry Cockcroft retired from the role as CDO for England in February 2015.

He is a keynote speaker at the BADT Conference, taking place in Birmingham (Friday 25 until Sunday 27 September 2015).

Fiona Sandom’s interview with him is published in the current issue of Dental Therapy Update, available with membership of the BADT.

For further information, visit www.badt.org.uk.


16th April 2015Free resources from Acas

Some great free resources from Acas - please feel free to use and also to share these with colleagues in your organisation...




8th April 2015New Advice Sheets Available

Two new advice sheets are available on the DTA Website

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They are:


  • Cash Flow - The Lifeblood of Business
  • Top 10 Interviewing Techniques


They can be found in the 'Advice Sheets' section on the Guidance Documents page of this website (http://www.dta-uk.org/advice.php).


8th April 2015Final year student studying for a BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University would like your input.

As part of his final year project, he is investigating the “Similarities and Differences of Dental Technology Education between Bangladesh and UK”.

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Bangladesh Dental Technologists are allowed to work in the dental clinic with dental surgeons as well as in dental laboratories. The main reason is there are only two dental professionals in a dental team (Dental Surgeon and Dental Technologist). As a result the Bangladesh Dental Technology courses are designed to perform as a ‘4 in 1’ technique (dental nurses, hygienists, therapists, technicians= Bangladesh dental technologist).

The aim of his research is to find out how useful and compatible a similar role would be considered for dental technologist.


This research can only be successfully achieved with your help. Your response will only be used for research purposes and your anonymity is assured.

In case you have any questions regarding the survey, please email Shahidul @ St20025689@outlook.cardiffmet.ac.uk


Respond now @ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Z_UR2ZHtERmlePDalCH8_bde6tTnKKk2DIuHXjSh474/edit


Closing date for responses is 13 April 2015.


27th March 2015Apprenticeships approved

MP, Nick Boles, announced today (Friday 27 March 2015) the approval of new apprenticeship schemes for Dental Technicians, Dental Laboratory Assistants and Dental Practice Managers.

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MP Nick BowlesThe announcement was made following a joint meeting between the Morley and Outwood Business Association (MOBA) and several senior educational professionals from the constituency, including Andrea Jenkyns, prospective Conservative MP for Morley and Outwood. On the agenda were various topics that were discussed with the Minister, including the issues of basic education, trainability and instilled work ethic, as well as economic and wider political issues.


The newly approved apprenticeship programmes will go a long way towards improving a number of these areas, creating thousands of job opportunities and strengthening UK dental labs and practices. This is particularly essential in dental labs where over 60% of work is currently exported to the Far East.


Speaking at the meeting Nick Boles said, “These new Trailblazer apprenticeships are controlled and designed by employers so we can be absolutely sure that they give young people all of the skills that are required in the workplace. By putting the businesses in charge of the apprenticeships this makes it more attractive to employers to create further apprenticeships.”


Andrea Jenkyns added, “I'm delighted to see Genix Healthcare is taking on apprentices. New opportunities like this are evidence that Britain is on the road to recovery, and it is companies like Genix who are fuelling the recovery, by innovating and creating jobs. As someone who didn't go straight from school to university, I see the value of apprenticeships, they offer a different first step into the world of work and provide qualifications up to degree level.”


Dental Laboratory Assistant

This level three apprenticeship will take a minimum of 18 months to attain and is designed to give individuals the opportunity to work their way up to gain higher qualifications and professional registration with the GDC in the future.


Dental Technician

The three-year apprenticeship scheme will allow individuals to gain a Level 5 Foundation Degree Science in Dental Technology. On completion they will also be able to apply to register with the GDC as a dental technician.


Dental Practice Manager

This is another really exciting programme that takes roughly 24 months to complete. Individuals will learn to manage all non-clinical aspects within a specific practice or practices, developing the skills and experience to successfully become the managers of tomorrow. Providing the hands-on training that has previously not been available to those working towards a career in dental practice management, this apprenticeship scheme offers unique benefits to all involved.


The impact of apprenticeships

The Dental Technician and Dental Laboratory Assistant apprenticeships in particular have the potential to bring about significant benefits to the dental sector. Each year the number of dental technicians working in Britain declines. Currently, there are just 6,342 dental technicians registered with the GDC . This drop in skilled laboratory technicians from around 12,000 only a decade ago, means many dental labs are struggling with employment . Consequently there has been a rise in the amount of work being outsourced to overseas labs, which has in turn had a hugely negative affect on the UK dental industry and economy.


However, through these first-class apprenticeships, skills shortages in UK dental labs will be addressed and businesses will have the opportunity to develop a skilled and motivated workforce. The programmes will help to secure the future of the UK dental industry while also creating thousands of jobs and allowing individuals the opportunity to earn while they learn.


The Practice Managers apprenticeship will also bring significant benefits to practice owners, providing a clear route from education to employment for future managers. Businesses will have the opportunity to train people they can trust with the skills and hands-on experience to run their practices successfully.


The Government will offer substantial financial support to employers taking on apprentices and full funding will be awarded to dental labs and practices with less than 50 employees. These exciting apprenticeships have also received extensive support from Mustafa Mohammed, owner and founder of Genix Healthcare and Sparkle Dental Labs, and Chair of the Trailblazer project in Dental Health. Mustafa comments:

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved throughout the process, particularly Stephen Dunne, Professor of Primary Dental Care at Kings Dental Institute, and Robert Biggs, Curriculum Manager for Dental Technology at Birmingham Metropolitan College. Their time, expertise and dedication have been instrumental in developing these apprenticeship schemes.”


Now that these apprenticeships have been approved to go ahead, they have the potential to strengthen practices and dental labs, give fundamental opportunities to young people, boost the industry and improve the UK economy.

For additional information from the National Apprenticeship Service, please visit www.apprenticeship.org.uk.


30th March 2015Register for the Dental Technology Showcase

Taking place on 17th/18th April at the NEC Birmingham - register now by going to www.the-dts.co.uk/DTA


26th March 2015New minimum wage rates announced

The national minimum wage will increase by 20p to £6.70 an hour from 1 October 2015

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20th March 2015Technician is first of his kind to graduate from a world-famous dental programme

Richard Elliott has become the first dental technician to successfully qualify from the prestigious Kois Center, which specialises in aesthetics, implant and restorative dentistry.

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Since completing the intense educational experience in the USA and becoming Kois accredited, the dental laboratory manager of Queensway Dental Laboratory in Teesside is really starting to reap the benefits.


Richard, who has more than 19 years' experience as a technician, now more than ever understands the importance of both the clinical and technical teams working closely together, in order to achieve successful and consistent results.


He said: “I am delighted to become the first accredited Kois Technician in the UK, which is one of the most challenging and rewarding accomplishments of my career.


“The course has helped my colleagues and I bridge the gap between technicians and dentists. The clinical insight I have gained means we now have a system of working together, following the Kois principles that can only be of benefit to our patients and practice.”


The treasurer of the British Institute of Dental and Surgical Technologists (BIDST) and Straumann Platinum Technician, continued: "One of the main skills taught on the Kois course is how to plan for complex cases as a team.

"We were introduced to the Kois deprogrammer, which enables cases with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) to achieve their optimal position, and the assessment of this position on an articulator with a possible trial equilibration, if required."

Richard went on to explain, from this assessment they can use the Kois facebow to produce a perfect diagnostic wax-up on which we will base the definitive restorative work. The facebow allows the seamless transfer of information from the clinic to the laboratory, taking away any guess work from achieving an aesthetic outcome.

The restorative modules look in depth at failure rates for each restoration and material, providing you with a definitive understanding of the type of restoration and material to use for each indication. With this knowledge Richard is in a position to recommend what type of restoration will give the required aesthetic result and the best longevity.


The technician, who lectures for Nobel Biocare and whose interest and qualifications lie in implantology, added: "The Kois course teaches you how to use the systems and protocols they have developed over many years using evidence based research. Because of this, the course is constantly developing and evolving best practice, and as new ground breaking research papers are released they are incorporated into the syllabus."


Queensway Dental Laboratory is located on-site at Queensway Dental Clinic where four of the partners are also Kois accredited, accounting for five of only 15 practitioners in the UK who have graduated from the innovative Kois Center.


For more information on Queensway Dental Laboratory visit: www.queensway.co.uk


For more information on the Kois Center visit: www.koiscenter.com


For more information please call Amy at Harvey & Hugo on 01325 486666 or email amy@harveyandhugo.co.uk


For urgent enquiries outside of office hours (9am-5pm) please contact: 07531 947 031 or email info@harveyandhugo.com


20th March 2015DTA Fact Sheet - Top 10 Interviewing Tips

A guidance sheet with the top 10 interviewing tips is now available for members in the 'Fact Sheets' section on the 'Guidance Documents' page.



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20th March 2015Model room and gold technician required in Stourport on Severn

For information please go to www.dta-uk.org/jobs.php


18th March 2015Survey – your views please by 20 March.

As my dissertation project, I want to assess the impact CAD/CAM systems are having...

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Ever since the introduction of CAD/CAM in dentistry its hesitant take up by labs and its eventual acceptance, CAD/CAM has, without a doubt, transformed the fabrication of dental appliances offering improved accuracy, longevity and biocompatibility. As more laboratories in the country take up these systems, I think the time has come to find out how this technology is affecting laboratories across the country. As my dissertation project, I want to assess the impact CAD/CAM systems are having on dental laboratories in the UK. I have designed an online questionnaire to do exactly that. It take only about five minutes to fill and will be live until Friday 20 March 2015. Thank you.


Link to: http://www.survey.mmu.ac.uk/cadcamsurvey/


13th March 2015Professional Indemnity Guidelines

GDC's Guidance on Professional Indemnity is now available on the website

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13th March 2015General Dental Council fails to reassure over Fitness to Practice process

The Health Select Committee put Dental Protection’s concerns directly to the GDC at the accountability hearing yesterday. The GDC’s Chief Executive Evlynne Gilvarry and Chair Bill Moyes were asked to address our questions about the fairness of the GDC’s Fitness to Practice procedures.

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Kevin Lewis, Director at Dental Protection said:


“The GDC’s investigations are often slow and disproportionate. It is our belief that those handling complaints for the GDC are not always applying correct statutory tests, which means that too many dentists are being investigated, a point the Committee raised directly with the GDC. We remain unconvinced that the statutory tests are being properly applied at the early stages of proceedings, and about the large number of dentists unnecessarily being referred to the Interim Orders Committee.


“Having heard what the GDC said about the process/system changes proposed in the now delayed Section 60 Order, we were not reassured about the true independence of case examiners.


“While it is appropriate that the GDC investigates and sanctions unacceptable conduct, they must encourage the profession to be accountable and deal with concerns inside the practice first, rather than simply holding them to account. Good regulation is not necessarily more regulation, nor is the perception of greater levels of regulatory activity an inherently desirable goal.”


Dental Protection’s evidence to the Health Select Committee can be found here


3rd March 2015BDIA Tech Show two weeks away… book now for this wonderful event

Full information is available for members on the Events page on this website (http://www.dta-uk.org/events.php)


3rd March 2015ACAS e-connect Newsletter

To read the newsletter please visit http://acasnational.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/r/33B7876F8C7F154E2540EF23F30FEDED/670325EB93547F034936C359EC0425C0


2nd March 2015World Oral Health Day

On 20 March, it’s World Oral Health Day.

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This year’s theme is ‘Smile for Life’, and it will celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and will promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health.



You can find out more about the campaign by going to http://www.worldoralhealthday.com.



20th February 2015Failure to obtain consent is a top dento-legal risk, Dental Protection informs young dentists

Failing to obtain patient consent before commencing treatment is one of the top risks for young dentists that can lead to patient litigation, Dr Raj Rattan, senior dento-legal consultant at Dental Protection, told delegates at the Young Dentist Conference this week.

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Dr Rattan addressed over 200 delegates at the Conference, hosted by Dental Protection, in conjunction with the British Dental Association and the British Dental Journal.

The other top risks that can cause legal problems for young dentists are:

  • A failure to take into account what is and what is not available on the NHS
  • Working beyond competence

Speaking to young dentists about the legal risks, Dr Rattan said:

“The prospect of a patient taking legal action can be daunting for the most experienced dentists, let alone those who have relatively little experience in practice.


“It is vital that young dentists have an awareness of the factors that contribute to sub-optimal care. By controlling these factors, new clinicians can help to provide the best care to their patients and prevent potential complaints and claims.


“Consent is a two way communication process and it is important to engage patients in detailed conversation about risks and benefits and give them an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification. Consent related paperwork should reflect such conversations; however, paperwork alone is not sufficient and may leave the dentist vulnerable. This risk can be managed by effective communication in the first instance.


“Adopting an ethics-led approach to care means young dentists can manage any risks that could be a potential legal pitfall.”


22nd January 2015New Appointment at the Dental Laboratories Association

The DLA Executive Board are pleased to announce that as of the January Board meeting, Sharon Ranshaw will be the Executive Director for the DLA. The new role replaces that of the Chief Executive of the DLA.

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Sharon RanshawThe DLA Executive Board would like to put on record their sincere thanks for the role that Richard Daniels has played in developing the DLA since 2001, particularly during his time as CEO.

The new appointment reflects the changing structure of the DLA, which has been operating with an Executive Board for a number of years. The Executive Board continues to be lead by dental laboratory owners with Jonathan Bill as the current President, who is in the early stages of a two year term.

The DLA Executive Board have asked Richard Daniels to maintain a relationship with the DLA Executive Board as a non-voting, Non-Executive Board Member, which he has agreed to do, Richard will specifically focus on supporting Sharon during the handover period as well as developing the service the DLA offer to affiliate members.

On the change of his role, Richard said ‘It has been a huge decision to stand down as CEO and one that I haven’t taken lightly, I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to maintain a relationship with the DLA, as it has become a very important part of my life and something that I have great affection for. I made this decision some months back due to personal reasons but now feel it is absolutely the right time both personally and professionally.’

Jonathan Bill, DLA President said ‘Sharon’s appointment comes at a perfect time for the DLA, as we aim to focus our attentions on the new Medical Devices Directive changes as Sharon has been the association’s specialist in this areas for a number of years. Sharon has uniquely experienced Dental Technology from a number of perspectives having been a Dental Technician, Lab Owner, Sales Representative and Auditor, which should really help when developing policy to reflect the needs of coal face of British Dental Labs.’

On receiving news confirming her appointment Sharon Ranshaw stated ‘It is a huge privilege to be confirmed as Executive Director of the Dental Laboratories Association and an honour to follow in the footsteps of Richard Daniels who has done such immense work on behalf of the association for the past 12 years. This is a great responsibility which I take on board with enthusiasm in an industry that I am extremely passionate about. I very much look forward to the work ahead and aim to continue to build close ties with the membership and carry out the plans and policies of the DLA President and Board of Directors.’


29th January 2015Government's response to the Law Commission: Regulation of Health Care Professionals / Regulation of Social Care Professionals in England

Today we have published the full response to the Law Commissions’ report, Regulation of Health Care Professionals / Regulation of Social Care Professionals in England, from the UK Government on behalf of the four countries of the UK

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A link to the WMS is here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2015-01-29/HCWS235/


We are very grateful to the Law Commission, the Scottish Law Commission and the Northern Ireland Law Commission for their report, and the thorough and considered review of complex legislative framework governing regulation of health professionals and in England, social care professionals.


In summary, we have accepted the large majority of the Law Commissions’ recommendations in full, and others in part. We believe that there are opportunities to continue to develop the Law Commissions’ approach in some areas, to ensure that our regulatory systems hold healthcare professionals to account, in a way that is fair, effective and proportionate.


There are a small number of areas where we do not accept the Law Commissions’ recommendations - for example where we wish to take a different approach, or where further work needs to be done. However, overall we support the Commissions’ ambition for improvements across the regulation of health professionals including robust governance structures for regulatory bodies, enabling innovation in education and leaner processes to enable the regulatory bodies to take swifter action to ensure public protection.


In the absence of a Bill to implement recommendations in this Parliament we are now taking the opportunity to consider the report and draft Bill, and to work with you to build on the good work the Law Commissions have begun.


Many thanks for your input over the last 12 months.


Julia Harris

Professional Standards


28th January 2015New rates for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), SMP and more from 5 April.

The Government has announced several proposed changes to employment law. It has also launched a number of consultations on further proposed changes. A round up of these changes is listed below to help people understand them and their potential impact.

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For more information please visit the ACAS website: http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3909


26th January 2015FGDP(UK) responds to Which? report on dental costs

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is concerned that the Which? investigation into dental costs does not present a full picture of the volume and complexity of dental consultations, but agrees that it is vital that all patients are provided with clear and accurate information about treatments and their cost to enable them to make informed decisions about their dental care.

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Dentists are required to provide clear information to patients about costs in order to comply with Standard 2.4 of the General Dental Council’s ‘Standards for the Dental Team’, and the FGDP(UK) believes that the majority of the 38,000 dentists in the UK are committed to meeting these standards. However, the Which? report has highlighted the complexity of the current NHS and private delivery and pricing systems, and we believe that greater awareness of the issue among patients, as well as dentists, will be helpful to encourage improved understanding in future. Changes to the contractual arrangements for dentists offering NHS care have been proposed for some time, but the continued lack of clarity around the new system, and the length of the transition period, have posed additional difficulties and challenges for dentists, particularly those providing a mixed NHS and private service.


The FGDP(UK) is supportive of any measures that increase understanding of the dental treatments available both on the NHS and privately, and that may encourage the public to visit the dentist, when necessary, without undue concern about the cost of treatment.

Dr Trevor Ferguson, Dean of the FGDP(UK), said: “Confusion about treatment options, or about the costs of those options, should never be a barrier which stops patients from obtaining the dental advice and care that they need. We hope that the Which? investigation will draw attention to the complexity of providing mixed NHS and private care in the hope that these processes may be reviewed and simplified in future”.


20th January 2015Vacancies for Orthodontic and Prosthetic Technicians

Two vacancies are available for an orthodontic and prosthetic technician.

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For more information, please visit the Jobs page (http://www.dta-uk.org/jobs.php)


8th January 2015Free guidance, forms and templates to help 2015 get off to a great start

ACAS e-connect - National Employment Relations Update

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Dear Colleague,


Happy New Year. With millions of people up and down the country making new year resolutions, now is a good time for employers to review their workplace policies and practices to help get 2015 off to a great start.

Acas have solutions which can help you start your year with confidence. With a wealth of free guidance we can help you to:

Establish fair and effective employee appraisal systems
Check approaches to contracts and working hours
Resolve disputes and conflict

Handle requests for parental leave
Improve health and wellbeing in your workplace
Establish effective workplace representation

Reduce stress and improve attendance

Set up a programme of training for your managers

Whatever the improvements you want to make this year, get in touch and let us know how we can help your organisation: Acas online enquiry form


Free Acas e-learning
Our free online learning lets managers and supervisors check their business' employment relations practices and approaches. Topics are useful for managers, supervisors and anyone responsible for improving workplace productivity.

Our e-learning topics include:
Discipline & grievance, Equality & diversity, Contracts of employment & written statements, Pay & reward, Performance management and a range of other key topics.


Visit our e-learning site


And please feel free to share this resource with anyone else in your organisation you think would benefit from our e-learning.


Free tools and resources to download and use

The free tools and resources section of our website includes HR and management forms, letters and templates which many employers have found helpful. Visit our website to view or download or visit each section by topic:

Hiring/recruiting staff
Managing staff and performance

Disciplining staff


A-Z of Acas guidance

Our website contains an easy to navigate A-Z listing of guidance topics and resources. View here


Acas training

Acas offer a range of training courses for employers to help increase knowledge on important issues. Our most popular events include:

Employment law updates

Managing discipline and grievance

Contracts of employment

Managing absence

Improving skills for supervisors

Certificate in Internal Workplace Mediation

Managing stress in the workplace

Having difficult conversations


View the full range of Acas training products here


And remember, Acas can deliver training in your workplace too, let us know how we can help through our online enquiry form.


Winter worries - weather, travel and disruption
The dark mornings, the bad weather, the travel disruption, winter can be a stressful time of year for all sorts of reasons. Employers should be aware of how to help deal with any stress and mental health issues that could arise at any time of the year. Acas has guidance to help.


Contacting Acas

We hope you find these helpful. Please also remember that the Acas helpline is on hand to offer free and confidential advice on any employment relations or employment law issues you may have.



Some upcoming events for your diary:

4 February 2015, Nottingham

Special seminar: latest employment law and dispute resolution update


This special seminar will update East Midlands employers on key workplace developments for 2015, including the latest legal changes. It will feature keynote speakers from Acas and local solicitors, Freeths, bringing you all the latest employment law and HR news.

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23 February 2015, Newmarket

Mind the gap: changing perceptions & managing the challenges of health & mental wellbeing at work


Managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is becoming increasingly important. This conference features a number of nationally known speakers including Professor Dame Carol Black, author of the Department of Work and Pensions' report "Working for a healthier tomorrow: work and health in Britain".

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3-4 March, Birmingham

Improving health, wellbeing and performance


This conference will provide delegates with new ideas and resources to ensure employees are engaged and motivated, healthy, resilient, return to work quickly following absence and stay in work.

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10 March 2015, Reading

The Art of Leadership


With speakers who are experts in their field, this event will look at the power of leadership, developing leadership qualities, how to deliver tough messages and much, much more.

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19 March 2015, Solihull

Acas Conference - The changing face of employment relations


Workplaces are changing; organisations find that they need to work harder than ever to retain their best workers, attract the best talent and get the best from their staff. Join us as we look at what challenges the future holds for our workplaces.


8th January 2015Colgate DCP Research Awards in partnership with The Oral & Dental Research Trust

Colgate and The Oral & Dental Research Trust are pleased to invite applications for the 2015 Colgate DCP Research
Awards for research conducted by Dental Care Professionals (DCP).

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A maximum of four awards, of up to £5000 each, will be made on the basis of an application for support ofinvestigations of clinical relevance, particularly in the field of preventative care. Whilst the applicant must be a DCP, it is anticipated that a research team will be formed to include a mentor or supervisor with an established research record.

Applications should consist of no more than two A4 pages summarising the background, aims and methodology of the research proposal and the role to be played by the applicant in the study. The way in which the award will support, together with details of the funding requested, including a breakdown of what the award will be used for.


Successful applicants will be required to attend the BDA Conference & Exhibition in Manchester on 7th May 2015 where they will be presented with their awards at a Champagne reception and luncheon held to celebrate their success.

Applications should be sent to:
Dr Margaret Kellett, Honorary Secretary, Oral & Dental Research Trust
c/o Department of Periodontology
Leeds Dental Institute
Clarendon Way
Leeds LS2 9LU

Applications should be received by Friday 23rd January 2015


6th January 2015General Dental Council (GDC) statement on the outcome of the BDA’s judicial review

The GDC recognises that Mr Justice Cranston found there was a procedural error in the ARF level

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However, we are pleased that he also recognised that the GDC has to be properly funded in order to carry out its duties to protect the public and that the error was not serious enough to require him to quash the consultation and the new fee.

Throughout this process the GDC has tried to be as transparent as possible and this was noted by Mr Justice Cranston in his judgment when he stated:
“However, and to its credit, a constant theme of the GDC’s public announcements has been a commitment to a transparent consultation.”


We acknowledge the court’s view that we could have provided more information to explain our projections for fitness to practise hearings. It is for this reason that the consultation was deemed unlawful.

We welcome the fact that the judge decided to confirm the fee regulations for 2014 which means that the ARF of £890 remains valid. We would remind dentists that the deadline for payment of the 2015 ARF is 31 December. A failure to pay by this date will result in registration being withdrawn.


6th January 2015GDC must review ARF rise, says FGDP(UK)

The FGDP(UK) believes that the GDC must review its decision to raise the ARF to its current level given that the judicial review has found the ARF consultation to be unlawful...

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· The FGDP(UK) believes that the GDC must review its decision to raise the ARF to its current level given that the judicial review has found the ARF consultation to be unlawful.

· This review is necessary to rebuild confidence in the GDC by the profession.

· It would also be prudent in light of the potential impact of the Government’s approval for the GDC to change FtP processes.


The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) has followed closely and with significant concern the judicial review of the General Dental Council (GDC)’s consultation on the Annual Retention Fee (ARF), initiated by the British Dental Association in response to the GDC’s proposal to make a substantial increase to the ARF for dentists. As one of the UK’s largest dental membership organisations, this is an issue that impacts on all of our members and has ramifications across the whole profession.


We believe that it is essential that the GDC, like all regulators, is lawful, transparent and fair in its dealings with the profession. This must include a commitment to ensure that all processes, including consultations, are conducted in a way that is unimpeachable and facilitates full engagement by the profession and stakeholders.


Today’s judgment by Mr Justice Cranston states that the GDC failed to follow its own processes and did not consult appropriately before taking the decision to raise the ARF. The conduct of the GDC with regard to the ARF has had a considerable impact on the confidence of the profession in its regulator, and the FGDP(UK) calls on the GDC to take major steps to rebuild trust from within the profession. Notwithstanding the outcome of the judicial review that the increase in the ARF may remain, we would urge the GDC to give careful consideration to its position regarding the ARF decision given that its consultation has been judged unlawful. Concerns raised by the Professional Standards Authority’s review of the GDC published in June 2014, and in a Parliamentary debate on the GDC on 9 December 2014, adds further weight to an urgent need for the GDC to address widespread discontent in its current position.


Trevor Ferguson, FGDP(UK) Dean, said: “Patients and the profession need a dental regulator in which they have both trust and confidence. We have shared the concerns of FGDP(UK) members over the significant rise in the ARF, and we are alarmed to learn that this decision was taken on the basis of an unlawful consultation. We support the need to protect patient safety and confidence in the dental profession through appropriate and effective Fitness to Practise (FtP) procedures. However, we believe that the GDC must now review the data that underpin the decision to raise the ARF, and also consider whether the Government’s recent decision to approve the proposed amendments to the GDC’s FtP processes may lessen or indeed negate the need for such an increase.”



6th January 2015Over 250 dentists attend 14th Premier Symposium

Over 250 dental professionals attended the joint Dental Protection and schülke conference – Premier Symposium – for an insight into the challenges of complex clinical, ethical and dento-legal issues.

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Dental Protection and European leader in cross-infection schülke have extensive experience in supporting dentists with challenges facing their practice. They jointlyhosted the conference on Saturday 29 November to prepare delegates for the key issues common to dentistry and aid safer practice.

Dental Director at Dental Protection, Kevin Lewis said:
“This year’s conference provided excellent insight and provoked discussion around five important topical issues facing dentists; communication, patient medications, tooth wear, infection control and competency.

“Dentists are dedicated to providing exceptional clinical care, and we hope that we enhanced their skills and awareness to manage the ever-evolving landscape they will encounter throughout their careers.”

The speakers included:

Professor John Gibson, Professor of Medicine in Relation to Dentistry and Honorary Consultant in Oral Medicine, Glasgow University
In describing the dynamic interface between medicine and dentistry, John touched on many of the advances in medicine that directly impact on the work of the dental team, including the recent NICE announcement about antimicrobials.


Ken Hemmings, Consultant and Specialist in Restorative Dentistry, Eastman Dental Hospital
In a concise overview of the causes and management of tooth wear, Ken left the audience with the confidence to manage many of the issues in general practice.


Paul Jenkins, North Bristol NHS Trust Decontamination Manager
In light of the recent Daybrook Practice episode, the updated role of the CQC and the prevailing infection control guidelines offered a rich seam for discussion and learning.


Dr Mark O’Brien, International Medical Education Consultant, Medical Protection Society
By inviting the audience to address their own attitudes and behaviours when things go wrong, Mark enabled his audience to develop a series of practical strategies to use with dissatisfied patients in their practice complaints process.


Professor Callum Youngson, Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, University of Liverpool
In addition to challenging some widely-held myths about competency and the demands of a competitive dental market, Callum offered a stimulating and entertaining approach to avoiding litigation and complaints.

For further information please contact David Croser, Dental Protection on +44 (0)207 399 1397 or email david.croser@dentalprotection.org