President's Blog - May 2018
I had thought that spring had arrived last week but we seem to have slipped back to grey skies and rain! It's not the kind of weather to lift anyone's spirits.
The Technologist (TT)
Your next edition of TT will be at the start of May (rather than April) and will be a massive 40 pages+. That's what we like to call a bumper issue. But it isn't a one-off. TT is moving back to a quarterly cycle from May with two further editions in 2018: August and November.
Future editions of TT will be 40 pages long so you will still benefit from the breadth of CPD provided in the past in our bi-monthly schedule. Each bumper, quarterly edition will feature several technical CPD articles; we are aiming for something for everyone with orthodontic, C&B and prosthodontics features. In addition there will be sections focusing on business and compliance, interviews with DTs, and articles focusing on what's happening in our industry.
As you'll see from the cover we are celebrating 10 years of our publication. TT was launched in the spring of 2008 to coincide with the GDC's introduction of mandatory CPD for newly registered dental professionals – dental technicians.
The purpose of TT was primarily to ensure that your verifiable CPD needs were covered. If you weren't able to do any other training, you (and we) could rest assured that you would still fulfil the GDC's CPD requirements. We think together we all did OK; our strategy of support was successful.
It's now just a few weeks until the doors open on the 2018 DTS event at the NEC in Birmingham. DTA will be there on stand H09 and looks forward to seeing you.
The event offers a range of speakers and topics for all members of the dental technology team, as well as an abundance of stands to visit. You can find out more and register for the show @http://www.the-dts.co.uk/
With my colleagues Tony and Gerrard at the 2017 event.
I am delighted to welcome three new Council members –Andy George, Adrian Rollings and Barry Tivey. Also, returning to Council is Gregg Clutton.
Along with everyone on the management team (Council) I look forward to working with them and taking the Association forward.
DTA webinar about Enhanced Continuing Professional Development – Tuesday 8 May at 7pm
A first for DTA, we will be running a webinar about Enhanced Continuing Professional Development on Tuesday 8 May from 7pm.
If you would like to book a place please contact the office on 01452 886366 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
As you know the GDPR regulations come into effect later this month.
I would like to re-affirm that at DTA we take the protection of data, privacy and contact preferences very seriously. Again, if you have any queries please get in touch.
Laing Buisson Round Table: "Resourcing Dentistry"
Earlier last month James Green attended the Laing Buisson Round Table: "Resourcing Dentistry" event at the Royal Automobile Club on London's Pall Mall. James met with representatives from other professional bodies to discuss a number of issues that are thought to be affecting the resourcing of dentistry, particularly the availability of the necessary workforce and financial pressures.
Profession-wide Complaint Handling Initiative
Last Tuesday James was part of another meeting with representatives of other organisations, this time the sixth meeting of the Profession-wide Complaint Handling Initiative at the General Dental Council headquarters in Wimpole Street, London. This working group aims to improve complaint handling across the dental professions and are currently in the final stages of developing a joint statement entitled Handling Feedback and Complaints in the Dental Practice.
On the 26 April John Stacey represented the DTA at the FEPPD 2018 Symposium held in Brussels. The theme of the event was "The Realities For The Dental Technician in the EU market. Present and future perspectives". Speakers presented updates on the Medical Device Regulation as it applies to dental technicians in Europe and discussed new and emerging technologies in digital dentistry and 3D printing.