President's Blog - August 2018
Here we are in August and the holiday season is well and truly with us. I don't know about you but I've noticed that travelling to work is slightly calmer!
We are delighted to welcome a number of new members to the Association in July, many of whom wanted to access preferential professional indemnity rates offered to DTA members by UK Special Risks. Read more @ http://www.ukspecialrisks.co.uk/dental-laboratory-insurance.asp
July was a busy month for DTA with a number of meetings, preparation for the August issue of The Technologist and taking forward plans to strengthen DTA for the future. I'll start with The Technologist.
The Technologist, August 2018
This issue articles include:
- Digital dentistry
- Medical devices regulations – a heads up to 2020
- Confidentiality and data protection
- Hearing protection
- Regular columns on HR, finance and business
Do you have any hints or tips you'd like to share with other DTA members – don't hesitate to send them in to the office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As you know, Enhanced CPD starts on 1 August 2018. DTA will be supporting members comply with the new CPD process with editable PDP forms and log books. You'll also find a YouTube video giving an overview of the new scheme @ www.dta-uk.org in the CPD section.
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry & Oral Health
On Tuesday 10 July John Stacey and I attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry and Oral Health reception and private viewing of the Wellcome Trust's latest exhibition.
The critically acclaimed exhibition -Teeth - offered the chance to explore the history of wealth and health through the evolution of dentistry. From folk remedies and tooth fairies to barber-surgeons and professional dentists, ittold the tale of our pursuit of a pain-free mouth and the perfect smile.
The curator of the exhibition, James Peto, covered the fascinating objects from ancient protective amulets and dental bling to the cutting-edge techniques behind the polished Hollywood smiles. We heard compelling stories of dentistry in a prisoner-of-war camp, facial reconstruction and the forensic clues our teeth provide when we are gone.
If you are in London I'd recommend a trip to this great exhibition – it's just on Euston Road, almost opposite the station!
HPV jabs for boys
It was great to see that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCV!) has recommended that school age boys in the UK be offered a vaccination against the cancer causing Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The Oral Health Foundation (OHF) is calling on the Government to act swiftly to implement a programme.
I have just read on the OHF that "HPV is one of the leading causes of mouth cancer; which every year more than 7,500 Brits are diagnosed with and claims more than 2,000 lives – more than testicular and cervical cancer combined'.
GDC Dental Professionals Forum
My colleague John Stacey attended GDC Dental Professional Forum meeting at the King's Fund in London on 5 July. Updates were provided on Fitness to Practice, the End-to-End review, GDC research plans and exiting the EU. Professor Simon Wright, ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute and Hospital gave a presentation on the Impact of Human Factors in Dentistry.
Dental Professionals Conference
Next month, 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
If you are on holiday during August, have a good break. I am looking forward to the Notting Hill carnival at the end of August – always a fun and colourful event.