President's Blog - July 2018
Hello and welcome to my July Blog
June has been a busy month generally and for DTA particularly.
Barnet & Southgate College Launch event
I was delighted to represent DTA at the Barnet & Southgate College Launch on 19 June, with my friend and colleague James Green.
Barnet & Southgate College and the City of London Dental School have announced a new collaboration with places them at the forefront of UK dental technology training; the delivery of digital technology focused courses will not only benefit patients in the region, but will also benefit employers and those wishing to advance their dental career or qualifications. The Dental Sciences Centre at the College opened in September 2017, as part of an extensive refurbishment of the Southgate Campus and includes state of the art resources such as decontamination room, processing and casting labs, as well as three dedicated specialist laboratories equipped with the lasted industry standard equipment.
Conference of Dental Technology Educational Institutes (CoDTEI)
On 21 June DTA's John Stacey attended a meeting of CoDTEI, kindly hosted by Cardiff Metropolitan University.
The group meets twice a year with the overarching aim to develop, continually improve and maintain input to dental technology education and training, and to improve liaison and collaboration with other organisations
The group was pleased to welcome Mike Wheeler who was able to update them on the progress of dental technology apprenticeships.
Dental Professionals Conference 2018
Later this year, on 14 & 15 of September 2018 the first ever Dental Professionals Annual Conference, will be held, hosted by the Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA). It takes place at the Park Plaza Hotel in Nottingham in association with FutureLabs, the Dental Technologists Association (DTA) and the Society of British Dental Nurses (SBDN).
There's a comprehensive two-day programme for the event, with up to 10 hours of CPD to be earned. Everyone in the dental field is welcome to attend and conference speakers include Larry Browne, Tony Knight, James Green, Des Solomon, Stuart Marlow and many more.
Early bird booking rates are available until 31 August 2018. We suggest early booking to guarantee a place at this exciting new event.
Find out more @ www.ota-uk.org
General Dental Council Registration Renewal
The DTA would like to remind members that the window for dental technicians and other dental care professionals (DCPs) to renew their registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) is now open. Members need to renew their registration by midnight on 31 July 2018 to remain on the register, late payment or not declaring indemnity could result in your removal from the register and ceasing working as a DCP. Full details can be found @www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/annual-renewal
Enhanced Continuing Professional Development – just a month away!
DTA is in the process of creating support materials for members to help them with ECPD, including a video, interactive PDP and log book. The Technologist (TT) has already changed and will provide a range of articles to support members with their CPD, relating to their field of work.
An article about how to create a PDP will be included in the August issue of TT.
Find out more about ECPD the scheme at:www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/enhanced-cpd.
Don't forget that DTA already has a sample PDP on the website in the members section – you just need to log-in to see the full range of guidance documents we produce.
Articulate, June 2018
I hope you enjoyed the June issue of Articulate with CPD on materials & equipment. If you don't currently receive this -e-newsletter please let the office know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address – we can then add you to the mailing list.
Have you thought about joining the DTA team?
The DTA is run by dental technicians for dental technicians, and we are always looking for new people to join us. Why not give Sue a ring on 01452 886366 to find out more or you could come along to our next management meeting on October and see how it works.
DTA Planning Day 2018
I was delighted to welcome fellow Management team members to our annual planning day meeting in Cheltenham on 30 June. More details next time.
If you are on holiday during July, have a good break.