President's Blog - January 2018
Happy New Year and welcome to the first blog of 2018. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed a much deserved break.
The DTA welcomes Keith Winwood as new Editorial Assistant
Before Christmas we interviewed for the new Editorial Assistant position and it gives me great pleasure to announce that Keith Winwood has been appointed and will be taking up the role on 1st January 2018. I think this is fantastic news for the DTA and Keith will be a great addition to our Editorial team.
Keith currently works as programme leader forthe MSc Clinical Science - Reconstructive Science course at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), which is run jointly with Kings College London. He trained as a dental technician at Matthew Boulton College and went on to complete a BSc in Dental Technology at MMU and a PhD at Cranfield University. Keith is also a reviewer for the European Journal of Applied Physiology, the Journal of Dental Materials Research and theJournal of Dental Traumatology.
Enhanced Continuing Professional Development Launch
This year will see the launch of the General Dental Council's new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) model, which is called Enhanced Continuing Professional Development or ECPD. The new scheme will come into effect on 1 January 2018 for dentists and 1 August 2018 for all other dental professionals. The main changes are as follows:
- There will no longer be a requirement to inform the GDC of non-verifiable CPD, meaning a reduction in the overall number of CPD hours required.
- The number of verifiable hours over a five-year cycle will remain at 50 for dental technicians and dental nurses but will increase to 75 for clinical dental technicians and other DCPs.
- These hours will need to be spread more evenly across the five-year cycle.
- An annual declaration of the CPD hours carried out will be required, even if zero hours have been completed for that year.
- CPD activity will need to be planned according to your individual "field(s) of practice" and aligned to specific development outcomes.
- You will need a Personal Development Plan with details of your planned CPD and associated learning outcomes.
- A log of completed activity (including date, number of hours and which learning outcome it covered) and collected evidence (such as a certificate) for each activity will also be required.
Find out more about ECPD the scheme in the first of a two part article in the December 2017 issue of The Technologist: https://www.dta-uk.org/the_technologist.php. Part two, which will be published next month, will look at these changes in greater depth and will let you know how the DTA will be supporting members in meeting the ECPD requirements.
New peer review logo
Coinciding with this year's new CPD standards, relevant articles published in both The Technologist and Articulate will begin to feature a new "peer review logo" to indicate that they have been peer reviewed, meaning that others working in the same field will have evaluated that the work is of sufficient quality prior to publication.
Dental Technology Showcase
The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) returns to Hall 5 of the NEC in Birmingham on 18 and 19 May 2018.
The DTS is the largest free to attend, education and trade event for the dental technicians. This event is a great opportunity to gain valuable CPD and don't forget to visit the DTA on stand H09!