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

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

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


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


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




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

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




15th December 2017Prosthetic technician required - Harrogate

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

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


12th December 2017Hospital and Medical Care Association Offer

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

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


For more information please view the pdf


30th November 2017A FAB Three Days!

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

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


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


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


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


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


BADC Conference 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Peter Baker, HPV Action Campaign Director, said:


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


7th November 2017DTA Fellowship Nominations

Do you know someone who deserves a DTA Fellowship?


Please visit the DTA Fellowship page to download an Nomination Form (requires DTA member login)


7th November 2017DTA President's November Blog is now available

Please visit the President's Blog page to read James' November Blog


7th November 2017Chance to have your say: DoH publish consultation on healthcare regulation: Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation

The Department of Health have published their consultation on health professional regulation.

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31st October 2017Prosthetics technician required in East London

Small but busy dental lab based in East London Looking for a Prosthetic technician.


All levels considered from beginner through to experienced technician.

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We are looking for someone who can work as part of a team and on an individual basis.


Salary will be based on ability and experience.


Please email Joanne@chingford-dental.co.uk or phone 020 8531 1212


27th October 2017BDIA Leads EU Initiative on Brexit

The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) and Federation of the European Dental Industry (FIDE), as the trade associations representing the dental industry in the United Kingdom and Europe, have today issued a joint letter outlining their priorities for the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

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The initiative, proposed by the BDIA, saw a letter addressed to the European Chief Negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier and the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, highlighting the important economic and public health role played by the dental technology and devices sector, and calling for action to be taken to safeguard it. [Click here to view the letter]

BDIA Chief Executive, Edmund Proffitt, comments, “The measures outlined by our associations would ensure that our industry is able to continue to provide access to innovative dental technology in the UK and throughout the EU, to the benefit of patient oral health and the economy, beyond the UK’s exit from the EU in March 2019”.

Chief amongst these measures is a commitment to parity of UK and EU legislation after Brexit. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union came at a critical point for the dental industry, coinciding with the publication of the EU Medical Device Regulations (MDR), and future divergence in legislation would risk disadvantaging both patients and businesses across Europe.

Other priorities to ensure a successful outcome to the negotiations include the maintenance of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s involvement in ongoing discussions concerning medical device regulation, the continued adoption of the CE marking process for medical devices and allowing UK Notified Bodies to operate under the MDR.



Bracon is delighted to introduce – our new Centre based at Broad Oak in East Sussex. This facility will provide a HUB in the South of England for all Dental Professionals and is part of Bracon’s continued commitment to the Dental Team.


With good links to Gatwick Airport, the Euro Tunnel and London, the Centre is ideally located in the beautiful Sussex landscape, and within easy driving distance of the coast. With very inexpensive local accommodation, many delegates take advantage of all that Sussex offers.

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You are assured of a very warm welcome at Bracon and the centre is here for your benefit. We look forward to seeing you at the Bracon International Training and Education Centre some time soon.


For all course bookings please contact customer services on 01580 817000, email sales@bracon.co.uk or via our website at www.bracon.co.uk


The full postal address is: Bracon International Training and Education Centre, Swife Business Park, Burwash Road, Broad Oak, East Sussex, TN21 8UP


27th October 2017Help raise funds for Den-Tech

Help raise money by collecting FREE funds every time you shop online


The objectives of Den-Tech is to help to relieve poverty by the provision of dental appliances to those patients who are in need and unable to afford them in both the UK and abroad, we also provide training, mentoring and education for dental technicians in developing countries to enable them to supply appropriate quality dental appliances.

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We will be working with the homeless charity Crisis at christmas this year to provide the homeless with simple dentures and repairs if required to their existing appliances and are trying to raise funds to support this and our other ongoing work.


We have signed up to easyfundraising to help us raise much needed funds and have produced a leaflet to advertise this.


For more information (pdf) please click here


We hope you would consider distributing it around your friends, family or contacts for us? or if you would at least consider placing it on your notice boards at work?


19th October 2017NEBDN Press Release - Trustees Needed

The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) wishes to recruit exceptional people to complement those of our committed Board of Trustees. Joining a forward thinking, supportive and effective Board, this is an excellent opportunity for individuals from all areas of dentistry who have previous experience of Board level work as well as those who are looking to become a trustee for the first time.

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View the PDF by going to www.dta-uk.org/pdfs2017/NEBDN_Trustee_Recruitment_October_2017.pdf (new window/tab)


13th October 2017GDC publish new enhanced CPD guidance.

The General Dental Council has published several enhanced CPD guidance documents.

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The documents include:


• Enhanced CPD guidance for dental professionals

• The GDC’s Personal development plan (PDP) template

• PDP: examples for using the template

• The GDC’s activity log template

• Activity log: examples for using the template

• Enhanced CPD guidance for CPD providers


Read more @ https://www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/enhanced-cpd


2nd October 2017DTA Fellowship presented to Sue Adams

Congratulations to Sue Adams, who was presented with a DTA Fellowship on Saturday 30 September.

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Presenting the Fellowship, DTA President James Green said ‘Much of the DTA’s success is because of Sue Adams, who has been at the heart of our professional body for 25 years. As Chief Executive, Sue is exceptionally hardworking and driven but is never satisfied with the progress that has been made and never stops pushing the organisation forward’.


22nd September 2017Enhanced CPD

As you know next year the General Dental Council’s Enhanced Continuing Professional Development (ECPD) scheme is commencing for both dentists (1 January 2018) and dental care professionals (1 August 2018).

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The new requirements are listed below:


1. An increase in the number of verifiable hours for some registrant types and the requirement to spread the hours more evenly across the five-year cycle. The hours will be:

  • Dentists – 100 hours
  • Dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians - 75 hours
  • Dental nurses and dental technicians – 50 hours

2. The reduction of CPD hours overall for all dental professionals, due to the removal of non-verifiable CPD;
3. Make a mandatory annual statement of the CPD hours that have been carried out which meet the requirements;
4. Maintain a Personal Development Plan which details planned CPD to be undertaken and the associated GDC development outcomes;
5. Maintain a log of completed activity, including date, number of hours completed and which development outcome it covered;
6. Keep evidence (e.g. a certificate) for each verifiable activity


Matthew Hill Executive Director – Strategy will be speaking at this year’s Dental Showcase on 19 October 2017, where he will launch the personal development plan template and the ECPD guidance for registrants and CPD providers. We would be grateful if you could inform your networks by using your communication channels (such as your websites and newsletters) of his talk and encourage them register and attend, should they be going to the conference.


The details of his talk at the Dental Showcase are as follows:


When: 19 October 2017 Venue: Birmingham NEC Theatre: Practice of the Future Time: 13:00-13:30


22nd September 2017News from the GDC - Self-filtering complaints system

In Shifting the balance we committed to plans to enhance first tier complaint procedures, and are pleased to announce the launch of a self-filtering complaints system.


From this week, this will be the primary route for individuals to contact us with any concerns.

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The patient or member of the public will need to go through several steps (self-filtering) to make sure the GDC is the most appropriate organisation, before being given the option to submit any information.


These steps will redirect concerns to other organisations and make sure we only receive complaints we can respond to, allowing us to focus resources on serious concerns about a dental professional’s performance or conduct.


We are committed to ensuring dental practices should be the first point of contact for most complaints and, where appropriate, will always encourage an individual to use this route to raise any concerns.


22nd September 2017Dental technicians: would you like to expand your knowledge of the All-on-4® treatment concept?

Are you a dental technician wishing to expand your knowledge of the All-on-4® technique? This course will cover all stages involved with All-on-4 ® treatment concept rehabilitation including: - Implant components required
- Kois facebow records (hands on)
- Technical work completed before surgery
- Transforming a full denture into the fixed acrylic temporary bridge (hands on)
- Final restorative options


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This is a Nobel Biocare course: "The technical stages for All-on-4® treatment concept"
Billingham, United Kingdom : 28 Oct 2017


For more information please go to:



5th September 2017Product News :: The crown that rules them all

The crown that rules them all - For a strong and esthetic restoration that you can trust, discover the high-translucency, multilayered full-contour zirconia (FCZ) implant crown from Nobel Biocare.

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FCZ ImplantFor a strong and esthetic restoration that you can trust, discover the high-translucency, multilayered full-contour zirconia (FCZ) implant crown from Nobel Biocare.


A monolithic material, it significantly reduces the risk of porcelain chipping. The full-contour properties also deliver outstanding esthetics, for natural-looking restorations your dentists and their patients will be delighted with.


About the FCZ, lab owner Daniel Rosa commented:

“One of the first things that struck me was the accuracy offered by the NobelProcera production, right down to the occlusal detail.

“The only word that comes to mind is ‘exact’. Basically, whatever we design is then exactly transferred digitally by our NobelProcera 2G Scanner and exactly reproduced back into the physical world in zirconia via the NobelProcera milling centers.
“I know some technicians have concerns about the esthetics of full-contour products like this, but I’d suggest they reserve judgment with this one until they’ve tried it. With creative staining techniques, the NobelProcera FCZ Implant Crown can be made to look good in most situations.”

Nobel Biocare is delighted to have extended the FCZ range of solutions to now include implant bridges. Find out more today.

For more information about Nobel Biocare, please call 0208 756 3300, or visit www.nobelbiocare.com


31st August 2017Andrea Johnson Two Peaks Glen Cova sponsored walk - more information

Andrea Johnson is to take part in the Two Peaks Glen Cova sponsored walk in aid of Den-Tech


Aim: To raise funds for Den-Tech to support the provision of dental laboratory services to the homeless of the UK and to help provide dental lab facilities in developing countries such as Uganda and Cambodia.

Date of event: 7th October 2017.

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Glen ClovaIt is planned that we will arrive on site on Friday 6 October to relax and chat over a drink or meal; everyone will be briefed on the final details of the walk at this time.

The event: This walk will be around 11 miles over rough and steep terrain taking in 2 popular peaks of over 3000 feet (Munro Height).

The mountains are easily accessible from Glen Clova Hotel which we will use as a base. Glen Clova is situated in Angus and is one of the most dramatic and picturesque Glens in Scotland.

Glen Clova is about 25 miles north of Dundee which has the area’s main rail link; other stations are Perth, about 30 miles to the west, and Montrose, about 25 miles to the east. The nearest town is Kirriemuir at the foot of the Angus glens and was home to JM Barrie the Author of Peter Pan.

Kirriemuir was also the birth place of former AC DC front-man Robert “Bon” Scott.

The route will start at the ranger station and follow an old drivers’ road “The Kilbo Path” to gain the height of the plateau, there will then be a peak on the Left “Driesh” which will be the first ascent, and returning to the path directly ahead will be the second peak “Mayar”. Heading due North we will then descend via the face of “Corrie Fee” next to the waterfall into the bowl carved out by glaciation.

Onwards, we will go through the forest to a rough road heading towards another drivers’ road and across to head back to the rangers station via “Jocks Road”.

In the event of severe weather there will be an alternative route keeping off the high ground.

We will block book accommodation for the Friday and Saturday nights in the climbers’ cabins, details can be found on the Clova Hotel website http://www.clova.com.

OS maps are as follows OS Explorer Active - 53 - Lochnagar, Glen Muick & Glen Clova 1:10000 scale.
BUDGET: To take part there is a non refundable deposit required of £60 pounds. This is to cover the costs of booking the climbers cabins. Own arrangements for transport should be made, although it is hoped those arriving by train can be picked up by one of the organising staff.


Covering Letter (pdf, new tab/window)


Sponsor Form (pdf, new tab/window)



29th August 2017Andrea Johnson to take part in the Two Peaks Glen Cova sponsored walk in aid of Den-Tech

Den-Tech is a brilliant and unique charity that has been set up by Andrea and a few other fellow technicians to help restore both the quality of life and dignity of those who cannot afford, or do not have access to good quality dental care both in the UK and in developing countries.

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This is her charity and passion as she strongly believes that everyone DESERVES to look and feel normal and to be able to eat and speak well.


Andrea will be participating in the Two Peaks Glen Clova sponsored walk to raise money for Den-Tech on 7 October. To sponsor Andrea and Den-Tech please go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/glenclova2peaks


For more information about the charity visit www.den-tech.org


24th August 2017TALKING ABOUT CANCER: reducing risk, early detection and mythbusting

Join Cancer Research UK’s free online cancer awareness course now!


Did you know that around 4 in 10 cases of cancer in the UK could be prevented?

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At Cancer Research UK we think it’s essential for all health workers, including dental staff, to feel confident and well-equipped to talk openly with patients about cancer risk factors, and signs and symptoms. Knowing what to say and how to say it can make a real difference to you and your patients.


Our free online course Talking About Cancer: reducing risk, early detection and mythbusting has proved to be a huge success in building health professionals’ confidence and “know-how” to:

Separate myths from facts
Explore people’s cancer awareness, attitudes and barriers
Encourage those around them to take positive action for their health


Over 7500 people worldwide have already taken part – join us to gain practical skills and resources for having conversations that could help save lives. Watch the course trailer to find out more.


Talking About Cancer is led by our expert trainers Gwen Kaplan and Gill Kilgour, drawing on their years of experience as nurses. You’ll learn through quizzes, articles, interactive discussion and video scenarios demonstrating conversational dos and don’ts.


Here’s what some a couple of previous participants have said about how it’s benefitted them:


“The course has surpassed my expectations not only for the valuable information related to cancer and awareness, also to the transferable ideas and tools provided…I feel much more confident in talking about cancer with others“

- Debbie, health professional


“I believe passionately that a course like this, that encourages people to be open about health issues and points the way to reliable resources, can save lives”

- Barbara, person affected by cancer



Sign up now at cruk.org/talkingaboutcancer
Takes around 3 hours, at your own pace
Works on mobile, tablet or desktop


22nd August 2017The event with 'Wow' factor - London Symposium

Nobel Biocare is delighted to announce an outstanding programme for the London Symposium this November.

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Presenting a real 'wow' factor, the speaker line-up alone demonstrates the high calibre of the event, with confirmed speakers including:


Tomas Albrektsson, Sweden

Markus Blazt, USA

Ruben Davoo, Spain

Andrew Dawood, UK

Richard Elliot, UK

Wail Girgis, UK

Stefan Holst, Switzerland

Robin Horton, UK

Jennifer Huntley, UK

Pascal Kunz, Switzerland

Ian Lane, UK

Ashley Latter, UK

Kevin Lockhead, UK

Scott MacLean, USA

Paulo Malo, Portugal

Guy McLellan, UK

Jose Navarro, UK and Spain

Paul O'Reilly, Ireland

Isabella Rocchietta, UK

Riz Syed, UK

Susan Tanner, UK


For more information visit our Events Page (member login required)


16th August 2017Dental Technicians Increase Scope of Practice Course

This is a Lecture /Hands on course presented by Bill Sharpling aimed at Technicians and DCP.

27th September 2017, Kettering.

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This new 1 day course with Bill Sharpling has been designed to provide dental technicians and DCPs with an introduction to acquiring new skills relating to their increased scope of practice. The course will be a mixture of theory and hands-on training.


For more details please visit the Events Page on this website (member login required)


15th August 2017Update from the GDC on Enhanced Continuing Professional Development

With four months to go before launch, we continue to raise awareness about Enhanced Continuing Professional Development (ECPD). As of 1 January 2018 for dentists and 1 August 2018 for dental care professionals, the following changes to continuing professional development will take place...

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  • An increase in the number of verifiable hours for some registrant types and the requirement to spread the hours more evenly across the five-year cycle;
    • dentists - 100 hours,
    • dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians - 75 hours and
    • dental nurses and dental technicians – 50 hours.
  • The reduction of CPD hours overall for all dental professionals, due to the removal of non-verifiable CPD;
  • The need to make a mandatory annual declaration of the CPD hours that have been carried out which meet the requirements;
  • The requirement of a Personal Development Plan which details planned CPD to be undertaken and the associated GDC learning outcomes;
  • A log of completed activity, including date, number of hours and which learning outcome it covered;
  • The collected evidence (e.g. a certificate) for each activity.

To avoid confusion during transition we have developed an online tool which provides a summary of CPD requirements for those in mid cycle when the enhanced CPD scheme starts. This tool will tell you have many hours of CPD you need to carry out in the current and new scheme. All you need to know is what CPD cycle you are on. After this CPD year is complete and your hours have been declared, you will also be able to log into eGDC to check the exact numbers of hours you need to complete for your cycle.


We are currently developing some other information to help you understand the new requirements for ECPD and are working on the responses from the consultation on our guidance for registrants and CPD providers, and the personal development plan. We intend to publish these documents in the autumn.


Read our frequently asked questions on our website at www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/enhanced-cpd



14th August 2017Dental Technicians / Dentists Conference - October 2017

This is a Lecture course aimed at Dentists and Dental Technicians
Presented by Finlay Sutton, Andrea Johnson, Kash Qureshi, Ashley Byrne, and Phil Jevon

Keynote Sessions: Producing Beautiful Dentures with Fantastic Function

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Course Aim
Keynote Sessions: Producing Beautiful Dentures with Fantastic Function. Removable prosthodontics: This will be a very practical and clinically useful presentation; abundantly illustrated with photographs and videos showing how Finlay and his dental technician, Rowan Garstang, produce removable dental prostheses with superb function and aesthetics.

Parallel sessions will be running offer delegates the opportunity to update their knowledge on Cross Infection, Medical Emergencies/CPR, Hands on impression taking and Digital Dentistry.


For more information and to book please see our Events Page (member login required)


8th August 2017Job Vacancy :: Instructor in Dental Technology - University of Aberdeen

Applications are invited from suitably qualified dental technicians for this full-time post.


The successful candidate will join the teaching team at the University of Aberdeen Dental School.

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The School is part of the Institute for Education in Medical and Dental Sciences and of the wider School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. The School offers a graduate-entry four-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree programme. It will also shortly provide an University of Aberdeen programme for training in Dental Technology both in Aberdeen and at Edinburgh College.


Closing date 22nd August


For more information please visit the University of Aberdeen's website



The British Association of Dental Nurses, the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, joined the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and other prominent dental associations in condemning the decision of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation not to vaccinate boys against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

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Girls aged 12-13 have been vaccinated against HPV on the NHS since 2008, and boys are vaccinated in eleven other countries; but the JCVI’s recent interim statement suggests that boys in the UK will not receive the same protection, despite the fact that HPV causes 5% of all cancers. 2,000 men a year in the UK, almost half of whom will die from the condition within five years, are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer. The statement recognizes that “HPV vaccine in boys ……would provide those vaccinated with direct protection against HPV infection and associated disease” but rejects vaccination of boys on the grounds that it would not be “a cost effective use of health service resources in the UK setting”. The JCVI decision was made despite the fact that a recent survey of FGDP(UK), BDA and BMA members showed that 97% of dentists and 94% of GPs backed vaccination of boys.


HPV Action, of which BADN is a member, disputes the cost-effective rationale, estimating that vaccinating boys would cost no more than £22m a year, and that existing secondary care costs of treating HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer alone are likely to exceed £21m. Peter Baker, HPV Action Campaign Director, said “It is astonishing that the Government’s vaccination advisory committee has ignored advice from patient organisations, doctors treating men with HPV-related cancers, public health experts and those whose lives have been devastated by HPV. The interim decision not to vaccinate boys is about saving money not public health or equity. HPV Action will continue to make the case for a national vaccination programme that protects men and women equally and will be calling on ministers to make the right decision if the JCVI continues along its current path . There may also be grounds for a legal challenge on the grounds that a decision to leave boys and men at risk breaches equality law.”


BADN President Jane Dalgarno said “BADN supports the HPV Action campaign and calls upon its members to lobby their MPs to make them aware of the seriousness of this matter.”


7th August 2017Brand new charity Den-Tech launches

Den-Tech is the brain child of dental technicians Andrea Johnson and Andrew Sinclair who after visiting Uganda with a clinically orientated dental charity realised that there was a great need for quality dental technology services in the country and other developing countries like it.

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The Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) they have set up is designed to relieve poverty by the provision of affordable dental appliances to those patients who are in need and unable to afford such items and in furtherance of this, to provide training, mentoring and education for dental technicians in developing countries to enable them to supply appropriate quality dental appliances. This is also in addition to supporting those most needy within our own country - the homeless.

There are many charities which provide the incredibly valuable service of ‘dental pain clinics’ but no real provision for the restoration of the dentition thereafter. This can leave patients with large gaps where teeth have been extracted meaning that they can quite often struggle to eat and chew their food well, to speak properly and to look and feel normal.

Andrea and Andrew felt very passionately that this should not continue and that if they could set up a high quality, supported working and training dental laboratory in the country they could help provide not only a little help now but a legacy of support and training that could be a leg up to the native people and not just a temporary hand out.

Den-TechThey set up their charity called Den-Tech in 2017 and have enlisted a board of trustees who are equally as passionate about using their skills and resources to help out those less fortunate. The board of trustees now comprises of Andrea Johnson, Andrew Sinclair, Delroy Reeves, Edward Mapley, Jade Oakes Stott and Robert Williams, you can view brief biographies of the trustees on Den-Techs website https://www.den-tech.org/

This drive and enthusiasm has now extended to helping out those less fortunate in the UK, the homeless. This new project in addition to the existing overseas ones has received a fantastic amount of support from the dental technician community who are pulling together to provide a full range of dental technology services free to those most vulnerable and needy in our society.

Our wonderful flagship supporters Blueprint dental who have already donated and continue to donate an incredible amount of dental materials and equipment on behalf of their customers have now put their full weight and resources into helping this project to succeed. It can only go from strength to strength.

It is also only through the generosity companies such as Blueprint Dental, DB orthodontics, John Winter, Schottlander and WHW and of course the brilliant community of dental technicians around the country that can make this charity a success, so from the bottom of our hearts we, the Den-Tech trustees thank you and look forward to us all achieving great things together in the months and years to come.
We are now looking for additional volunteers from the technician sector as well as any clinicians who would like to donate their time and skills to this really worthwhile cause, especially for the UK projects.


If you would like to know more, volunteer your services, donate equipment and supplies or make a donation or get involved in a sponsored event to help raise funds please visit our website on the contact us page or email dentech.chair@gmail.com
Those that actively support us also get the exclusive use of our supporter’s logo to display on their web pages, literature, Facebook pages etc so please look out for this as you will know that each one of them is a good person/company who has gone out of their way to help make this world a better place by helping us to restore lives one smile at time.

If you would like to become one of our supporters and also receive your copy of our supporter’s logo please do not hesitate to get in touch and see in which ways you can help, it is together that we are stronger and together that we can make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

Please visit us on our website: www.den-tech.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Dentech1/#

LinkedIn: https://twitter.com/DenTech_charity



28th July 2017GDC suspends registration of dentist for using counterfeit and non-compliant dental equipment

The recent GDC Fitness to Practise hearing concerning a dentist’s purchase and use of counterfeit dental devices highlights the dangers to both patient and professional registration from using counterfeit and non-compliant devices. It also reinforces the need to exercise common sense and care when purchasing dental equipment and to have adequate systems in place to ensure that equipment is genuine, compliant and safe to use.

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The GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee determined that the dentist’s registration should be suspended for a period of 3 months.


Edmund Proffitt, BDIA Chief Executivecomments, “The recent GDC hearing is a stark reminder of the seriousness of using of counterfeit dental devices. It may also sound alarm bellsfor any dentists who may have purchased from unreliable sources and emphasises the importance of purchasing from reputable suppliers.”


The BDIA’saward winning Counterfeit and Sub-standard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI), operated in partnership with the MHRA, has worked hardover the last two yearsto raise the awareness of GDC registrants to the dangers of counterfeit and non-compliant dental devicesthrough its hard-hitting press and information campaign.


The BDIA recommends that all purchases, however small, are made from a reputable supplier and that all suspect instruments, and devices are reported to the appropriate authorities at the earliest opportunity. Devices can be reported at www.bdia.org.uk/device-reporting.html


The GDC Hearing Summary can be read by clicking here



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The 2017 National Dental Nursing Conference will be held at the Milton Keynes Hilton on 17 and 18 November 2017.

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Conference will be opened by Postgraduate Dental Dean John Darby, and current President Jane Dalgarno will hand over the chain of office to incoming President Hazel Coey, at the Opening Ceremony.


The Conference Programme, which offers 7 hours of verifiable CPD, will include presentations on Healthy Habit Formation, Dentaid in the UK and Overseas, Dental Nursing in Oman, Dementia, Maintenance of Decontamination Equipment and two GDC speakers –Matthew Hill (Executive Director, Strategy) will be delivering a GDC Update on Friday, and Head of Standards Janet Collins will be closing the Conference Programme with a dental nurse specific presentation on Enhanced CPD, to be introduced for DCPs in August 2018, on Saturday.


Dental nurses (and other members of the dental team) can attend Conference on either or both days, with discounted rates for current BADN members. There are also special rates for student dental nurses, and anyone booking before 6 October 2017 will enjoy special Early Bird rates. Conference fees include the Opening/Closing Ceremonies, Conference Programme, Conference Handbook, and e-CPD certificate, as well as refreshments and buffet lunch. There is also an optional informal dinner on Friday evening. The BADN Annual General Meeting, open to members only, will be held on Friday afternoon.


On-line registration will open at the end of July, and everyone on the BADN distribution lists will be sent an e-invitation to register. More information, and a link to the registration site, is also available at www.badn.org.uk/conference.


27th July 2017Orthodontic Technicians Association Annual Conference

The Orthodontic Technicians Association will this year hold its annual conference in the Manchester Convention Complex on the 15 & 16 of September once again alongside the British Orthodontic Congress

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It will have some of the best international speakers such as

  • Emanuele Paoletto
  • Stefano Negrini
  • Roger Harman
  • Thomas Bussman

and will also include some our very best UK speakers such as

  • David Sainsbury
  • Raya Karaganeva
  • Hemhendra Shah

to name but a few. The topics to be covered range from Facial transplant to digital technologies and education, with two full days of lectures and core VCPD workshops there should be something for everyone.


This is not forgetting that all delegates will have access to a massive trade exhibition and scientific poster displays during the day.


Full delegates will also benefit from our own dedicated OTA Conference hotel near to the conference centre, a welcome buffet on arrival on Friday evening in the hotel and the very popular OTA black tie gala dinner will be held on the Saturday evening with fine dining and live music till midnight.


For more information and to book your place please visit www.ota-uk.org.


OTA Conference 2017



The BDIA is delighted to announce that its 2017 BDIA CSIDI (Counterfeits and Substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative) advertising campaign is the winner of the Highest Believability category and joint winner of the Highest Information Value category in the latest BDJ Readex Research.

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Edmund Proffitt, Chief Executive of the BDIA, comments “We are really pleased that our CSIDI campaign is having such an impact on BDJ readers. The campaign not only conveys useful and relevant information to the profession, but serves to highlight the very real and significant dangers associated with counterfeit and non-compliant instruments and devices across the dental sector.”


Partnering with the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) for the CSIDI campaign reflects the BDIA’s continued commitment to tackling the issue of unscrupulous vendors selling poor quality, substandard, counterfeit and illegal products, usually online. Highlighting the importance of making the decision to purchase from reliable, reputable suppliers to the profession means that the end-user has the assurance of high-quality products that meet all necessary requirements, and will not endanger the user or patient, nor risk action from the courts or regulatory bodies.


For further information on the BDIA or CSIDI, please visit www.bdia.org.uk


21st June 2017News from the GDC - Enhanced Continuing Professional Development is on its way

At the GDC's May Council meeting, plans to introduce Enhanced Continuing Professional Development (ECPD) were approved. These are changes to the five year CPD cycle which are due to happen on 1 January 2018 if you are a dentist, and 1 August 2018 if you are a dental care professional.

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The main changes are:

  • An increase in the number of verifiable hours for some registrant types and the requirement to spread the hours more evenly across the five-year cycle.
  • The reduction of CPD hours overall for all dental professionals, due to the removal of non-verifiable CPD.
  • The need to make an annual declaration of the CPD hours you have carried out which meet the requirements.
  • The requirement for a Personal Development Plan which details planned CPD to be undertaken and associated learning outcome.
  • A log of completed activity, including date, number of hours and which learning outcome it covered.
  • The collected evidence (e.g. a certificate) for each activity.

There will be transitional arrangements for those who are mid-cycle on the changeover dates and those registrants will need to complete some CPD based on the current scheme, and some on the new scheme. More information will be available in the autumn.

The GDC have compiled some frequently asked questions about ECPD which you can view at www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/enhanced-cpd


21st June 2017News from the GDC - DCP annual renewal opens

Annual Renewal opened for DCPs on Friday 16 June. The easiest way to renew is to use eGDC, where you can make your Annual Retention Fee payment, declare your indemnity and update your CPD hours

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You can also update your personal details.


To renew your registration you will need to:

1 Pay your Annual Retention Fee
2 Declare your indemnity
3 Update your CPD hours, if it's the end of your cycle.

Please ensure all payments and declarations are made by midnight, 31 July 2017. If you have further questions please email renewal@gdc-uk.org


20th June 2017New Guidance Documents available

9 New Health and Safety Guidance Documents are available for members to download on the Guidance Documents page of this website


13th June 2017FGDP(UK) supports drive to improve oral health in care homes

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is supporting a new standards document from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on oral health promotion in care homes.

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Over 425,000 people in the UK live in care homes, and the new quality standard recommends that residents have their oral health needs assessed on admission and recorded in their personal care plans, and are supported to clean their teeth twice a day and/or their dentures daily.


Dr Paul Batchelor, a Fellow and Board-member-elect of the FGDP, Editor of the Faculty’s forthcoming guidance on dementia-friendly dental practice, and a member of the Quality Standards Advisory Committee which developed the new standard, commented:


“The degree of oral health provision in care homes is highly variable, but these basic measures – assessing, recording and daily cleaning - could significantly improve the health and quality of life of residents, and should be applied universally.”


NICE published a clinical guideline on the oral health of adults in care homes last year, and has also produced a quick guide resource for care home managers on improving residents’ oral health.



13th June 2017DTA Fellowship Presented to Ashley Byrne

Congratulations to Ashley Byrne who was presented with a DTA Fellowship at the recent BDA Honours and Awards Gala dinner.


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Ashley Byrne - Fellowship AwardAshley Byrne was presented with a DTA Fellowship by James Green, President, at the BDA Honours and Awards Gala dinner in Manchester on 26th May.


26th May 2017Dentaid thanks DTA members

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


Click here to read the pdf version


18th May 2017Appreciation and Congratulations at the BACDT Awards 2017

The Dental Technology Showcase 2017 (DTS) was delighted to host the 3rd awards ceremony of the British Academy of Clinical Dental Technology (BACDT). Held in the CDT Conference Theatre, clinical dental technicians gathered to celebrate the achievements of BACDT members and to discover the winners of the awards, which were judged from over 500 patient nominations.

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BACDT AwardsThe President of the BACDT addressed an enthusiastic audience, emphasising that although the association may be small in numbers, it is large on talent and has a huge impact not just on patients’ smiles but also their lives. As a group the BACDT champions and supports the profession and it was a great moment when members were rewarded for their dedication, care and hard work with awards and certificates in five categories.


As well as mentioning the nominees and those CDTs that received highly commended, the winners were announced as:


• Member of the Year - Ben Brookshaw from the Denture Clinic
• Best Patient Experience - Matt Burnell from Lichfield Smiles
• Most Welcoming practice - Mike Brindle from Flyde Clinic
• Best Patient Information - David Parsons from First Impressions Stalybridge
• The Extra Mile Award - Matt Burnell from Lichfield smiles.


Having won two of the prestigious awards, Matt Burnell spoke after the ceremony:

I am very, very chuffed. I believe that I do a good job, but being presented with this award galvanises it.”


All members were thanked for their commitment to patient care and the professionalism that they deliver in the provision of an excellent service from the initial consultation right through to the final visit. Congratulations were extended to all and the event proudly illustrated the BACDT as a leading professional association that supports the talents and advancements of clinical dental technologists in the UK.


DTS 2018 will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with The Dentistry Show.
For further details, visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270
or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


15th May 2017DTS 2017 - Slideshow

To view the slide show, please visit www.dta-uk.org/dts2017-slideshow.php


11th May 2017Straumann launches national UK digital tour

Straumann Digital Roadshow


8th May 2017CLAPA Awareness Week 6th – 14th May 2017

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) is the only national charity supporting people and families affected by cleft lip and/or palate in the UK. Our vision is a world where having a cleft is no barrier to achieving your desires and ambitions.


As part of the Cleft Lip and Palate (CLAPA) awareness week, Andrew John Tinkler will be raising funds and awareness by partaking in the Great North Swim in Windermere on the 10th June 2017.

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If you’d like to donateAndrew’s JustGiving page can be found below:-


“I'm currently raising awareness and donations for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) and will be swimming the Great North Swim in Windermere on the 10th June for this wonderful charity. Please check out my JustGiving page below for updates on my training or to make a donation. A x.”



About CLAPA –
The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) is the only national charity supporting people and families affected by cleft lip and/or palate in the UK. Our vision is a world where having a cleft is no barrier to achieving your desires and ambitions.

CLAPA was set up in 1979 as a partnership between parents and health professionals, and this remains a core value of ours. The charity works to provide non-medical services which complement the medical care provided by the specialist NHS Cleft Teams, and aims to support people with cleft and their families from infancy through to adulthood.

CLAPA’s National Office is based in London with a network of volunteer-run Branches and groups all across the UK.

What does CLAPA do? –
Since 1979, The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) has been the only national charity dedicated to all those with and affected by cleft lipand/orpalate in the UK.

We reach out to families from the moment of diagnosis and help them through any difficulties they have before and after the birth of their child by providing a specialist feeding service as well as targeted information and a national network of trained volunteers providing one-to-one emotional support and local events and meet-ups. This first contact is the start of what we see as lifelong support of children born with a cleft and their families, from infancy through to adulthood.

We work closely with the nine specialist cleft teams in the UK as well as generic health professionals to ensure that people receive the best possible care.

Branch Network
Branches are key to involving and supporting people affected by cleft across the UK. Branches are the heart of the region in which they operate, bringing together everything that we do and strengthening links between CLAPA and the local Cleft Teams.

Branches are run by a minimum of 5 volunteers and exist to reach out to people in the CLAPA Community, to be the voice of their local area and help us to provide the support that people need.

A Branch will usually run activities and events across the region for different age groups, and as a minimum will organise a Christmas party and an AGM annually.

One-On-One Support
CLAPA has trained parent and adult volunteers to support others one-on-one. Our UK-wide network of Parent and Peer Supporters are trained to:
• Support others who are going through what they have experienced
• Be a support to their local Cleft Team
• Understand the potential emotional responses of different family members
• Refer appropriately to others, e.g. Cleft Teams
• Provide information about CLAPA’s services

All of our Parent and Peer Supporters have undergone a two day training course ran by CLAPA and any conversations with them will be confidential.

Patient Voices
Patient Voices Groups are people (current or previous patients and parents) who meet quarterly and are involved in discussions about the service provided by the Regional Cleft team, with the aim of supporting them to provide the best possible care to people affected by cleft lip and/or palate. In the current models we are running across the country, the groups are facilitated by CLAPA and supported by the local cleft team.

To find out more about what CLAPA does, use this link - https://www.clapa.com/about-us/what-we-do/


3rd May 2017New Annual Appraisal Documents available

New Annual Appraisal Forms and Guidance Notes are available for Appraisers and Appraisees in a new section within the Human Resources area on the Guidance Documents page of this website (member login required)


25th April 2017Overwhelming support from dentists for gender-neutral HPV vaccinations

The overwhelming majority of dentists and GPs are backing calls for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme to be expanded to school aged boys, according to a new survey.


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In the new poll published by the campaign coalition HPV Action for World Immunisation Week (24th-28th April), 97% of dentists backed expansion of the programme, with the same proportion saying if they had a son they would want them to receive the vaccination. 94% of GPs said they would support both positions.


The survey was sent to members of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), the British Dental Association and the British Medical Association. Findings come as the Government’s vaccination advisory committee (JCVI) moves towards a decision on whether boys should be given the HPV vaccination.


Up to 80% of sexually active people will be infected by HPV at some point in their lives. 5% of all cancers are caused by HPV and some of these, notably oral cancers, are now rising sharply in incidence. HPV-related cancers such as anal cancer are also among the hardest to diagnose and treat.


Parliamentarians from all parties have signed an open letter to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, urging him to ensure that the UK doesn’t miss this opportunity to eradicate some of the fastest-rising cancers in the developed world.


Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK) said: “The incidence of oral cancer has increased dramatically over the last decade, and over two-thirds of diagnoses are in men. HPV is a main causative agent, and the introduction of the NHS vaccination programme for girls has led to a significant reduction in the prevalence of the virus among women. Yet with over 2,000 men a year in the UK diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer - of whom almost half will die from the condition within five years – it is clear that current measures are not working for everyone. The view of oral health professionals is resounding - many of these lives could and should be saved by also vaccinating boys against HPV.”


Mick Armstrong, Chair of the BDA's Principal Executive Committee, said: “HPV is the leading cause of oro-pharyngeal cancers and men are just as likely to develop it as women so where is the logic – or fairness – in targeting protection to one section of the population? It is morally indefensible to allow people to contract cancer when prevention – the new NHS mantra – could be so cheap and easy. Cancers affecting the mouth and throat have a huge impact on the quality of people’s lives, so it’s frustrating for dentists, who are often the first to detect them, knowing how easily they could have been prevented."

Dr Andrew Green, a member of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC), said: “If we want to see an end to some of the most aggressive and hard to treat cancers such as throat, head, neck and anal cancer, boys as well as girls must be given the HPV vaccination. It is ridiculous that people are still dying from these cancers when their life could have easily been saved by a simple injection.”


Peter Baker, HPV Action Campaign Director, said: “HPV affects men and women equally and both sexes therefore deserve equal protection though a national vaccination programme. It is now time for the Government’s vaccination advisory committee to look up from its financial spreadsheets and act to end the suffering of those men and women affected by easily-preventable diseases caused by HPV.”


HPV Action is asking members of the public, especially the parents of boys, to sign an online petition demanding gender-neutral vaccination: http://bit.ly/2nHaUul and will be calling on all political parties to commit themselves to gender-neutral HPV vaccination during the forthcoming General Election campaign.


11th April 2017MMU poster presentations, April 2017

To view the slide show, please visit www.dta-uk.org/mmu-poster-presentations-2017.php



11th April 2017Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice

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


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

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


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

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

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


28th March 2017TWO new exciting job opportunities are available

Two new vacancies are now being advertised on the Jobs page of this website.

* Band 5 Dental Technician

* Editorial Assistant

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


Closing date: 30th April 2017


23rd March 2017ACAS News Updates

Several News Updates have been provided by ACAS

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The recent ACAS News bulletin offers information on:

- Work-life balance

- Offering pay rises for flexible contracts

- April 2017: 3 key employment law changes


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


The FGDP’s plans for 2017/18


Enhancing our offer in education


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


Fostering a thriving membership


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


Building influence in the affairs of the profession


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



22nd March 2017New Guidance Document available

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


21st March 2017New Chief Executive for the BDIA

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

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


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


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


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


7th March 2017ACAS News Updates

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

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

Acas has developed two new training events:

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


6th March 2017Opportunities to join the GDC Council

Up to 2 Registrant and 4 Lay Council members - £15,000 pa with a £3000 pa supplement for Committee Chairs.


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The GDC is looking for strategically minded professionals with a commitment to patient protection, proven experience of supporting confidence in public services, the capacity to understand the organisational and business issues we face, and the ability to provide the executive with challenge and support in the delivery of the corporate strategy.


For more information please visit: www.saxbam.com/appointments usiing reference YZND


Closing date: midday 5th April 2017



The GDC is committed to providing equality of opportunity and values diversity of culture among our council members


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


Sue Adams, Chief Executive of DTA, comments:

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

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


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


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

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

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


21st February 2017Health at Work Posters

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


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

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

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




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

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


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


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


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


31st January 2017DTS Conference Highlights

This year's DTS Conference takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on 12th and 13th May.


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Designed for dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and laboratory owners, The DTS Lecture Theatre has this year been programmed by the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG). Not to be missed!



Building on the already successful OTA lectures and workshops, the orthodontic technician's stream will cover stream everything from Cleft Lip and Palate to client reviews, making this unique opportunity unmissable for Orthodontic Technicians.


For more information please click here for the flyer or visit the Events Page on this website


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

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

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

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


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

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

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Shifting the balanceFrom GDC:


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


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


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


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


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


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


More information click here.


24th January 2017Independent membership of the Board of Governors / Aelodau annibynnol o Fwrdd y Llywodraethwyr

Cardiff Metropolitan University seeks to appoint a number of independent members of the Board of Governors.

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20th January 2017Is there ever a good excuse for failing to pay the minimum wage?

Investigators from HMRC have revealed some of the most bizarre excuses given to them by employers caught out for underpaying staff.

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Make sure you're up to date: the National Living Wage will increase on 1 April. See the new rates here.


Click here for the most bizarre excuses....



20th January 201739th Asia Pacific Dental Congress

The 39th Asia Pacific Dental Congress takes place 22nd - 25th May 2017.


For more information please visit http://www.apdc2017.org

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39th Asia Pacific Dental Congress


6th January 2017Whistleblowing Policy available

A new Whistleblowing Policy is now available for members. It can be found on the Guidance Documents page.