President's Blog - September 2017
Hello and welcome to the September Blog. I hope you've had a great summer and have enjoyed the nice weather when you can. This month has beena quieter month than usual but Sue and the team never stop working to support you and the dental technology profession in any way we can.
Articulate, September 2017
The September issue of Articulate, our bi-monthly e-newsletter is now out – you should receive a copy by email and it can also be found on the website in the 'publications' section (you'll need to logon to view the issue). This issue contains a review of orthodontic retainers, which can give you one hour of core verifiable equipment and materials CPD.
New dental technology charity Den-Tech launches
Former DTA council member,Andrea Johnson,together with Andrew Sinclairhave set up a new charity with the aim of providingaffordable dental appliances to those in need and providing training, mentoring and education for dental technicians in developing countries to enable them to supply these appliances. The team of trustees also includes DTA Deputy President Delroy Reeves as well asEdward Mapley, Jade Oakes Stott and Robert Williams. I would like to congratulate them all on this wonderful initiative and wish themthe very best.
On 7 October Andrea will be taking part in the Two Peaks Glen Cova sponsored walk for Den-Tech. Find out more and support her and the charity @ https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/den-tech
Find out more at the Den-Tech website: https://www.den-tech.org/
The General Dental Council supports statement issuing advice on conflicts of interest
Following the publication of NHS guidance on how to manage conflicts of interest, the General Dental Council (GDC ) and eight other healthcare regulators (the General Chiropractic Council, the General Medical Council, the General Optical Council, the General Osteopathic Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland) have signed a joint statement regarding issuing advice on conflicts of interest.This joint statement sets out the expectations of healthcare professionals in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest and gives advice on putting the interests of people in their care before their own, maintaining appropriate personal and professional boundaries and being open about any conflict as early as possible.
Find out more at the GDC website: https://www.gdc-uk.org/news/news-and-blogs/news
DTA management team meeting
We have a management team meeting (Council) at the end of the month in Cheltenham. This is when your elected Council members get together to manage the business of the Association – we discuss everything from finance to projects and marketing.
There are seven of us on the team – Delroy, Tony, John, Gerrard, Marta, myself and Sue. Why not join us? We are always looking for new people to come on board, with new ideas and enthusiasm. If you are interested, why not consider coming along to the meeting on 30 September as an observer – find out what it's all about and participate in the discussions.
We are looking for a student representative as well!
If you are interested please contact Sue on 01452 886366 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) Special Advisory Board
DTA has been a part of this group since its inception and will be attending the meeting on 22 September.
Later this month the OTA will be holding their conference at the Manchester Conference Centre on 15 & 16 September. You can view further information @ http://www.ota-uk.org
DTA vacancy – Editorial Assistant
We are looking to recruit an Editorial Assistant to support our Editors, Vikki Harper and Ian Simpson.
To find out more visit the DTA website, jobs page @ https://www.dta-uk.org/jobs.php