President's Blog - October 2018
Hello and welcome to the October Blog. Summer is certainly over and those darker evenings are with us, along with chilly mornings! It is hard to believe that tinsel and cards are in the shops with Christmas now on the horizon!
Dental Professionals Conference
On 14 & 15 September 2018 the first ever Dental Professionals Annual Conference was held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Nottingham. The event was hosted by the Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA) and brought together FutureLabs, the Dental Technologists Association (DTA) and the Society of British Dental Nurses (SBDN) as conference partners.
The comprehensive two-day programme was well attended and offered a wide range of speakers including our own Tony Griffin and James Green, plus the GDC's Matthew Hill, Larry Browne from Dental Technician, Des Solomon from Barnet & Southgate College, and Schottlander's Stuart Marlow.
Will there be another one? I think so. Look out more for more details in The Technologist and on our website.
I hope you have received the September issue of our e-journal, Articulate. This issue contains 60 minutes of orthodontic focussed CPD. You can download the full document from the website or contact the office and asked to be included in future mailings.
From October we will be introducing a new quarterly update called Horizon. Like Articulate it will be sent to you via email and will include news and updates on our industry.
GDC Leadership Network
The first meeting of this new group was held last month and was attended by my DTA colleagues, Adrian Rollings and John Stacey. The GDC intention is to create a 'virtual' network of professional leaders. The rationale being to minimise the number of face to face meetings and meet disparate groups separately.
Colleagues from the other major groups also attended the meeting to hear how Shifting the Balance is being developed and how it will impact on areas such as, education, fitness to practice and communication.
GDC Complaints Handing Initiative Working Group
I have been attending meetings of the GDC Complaints Handing Initiative Working Group since it began back in 2016.
The working group aimed to establish:
- what good practice in complaints handling looks like;
- how the profession, supported by the GDC, can best share, disseminate and embed good practice;
- how to embed a learning culture, where learning from feedback and complaints is used for service improvement.
We are nearing the end of the development phase and I hope to be able to share with you the documents we have created as a group, including posters to help patients resolve a problem.
Health Education England (HEE)
An interesting report from the HEE was published back in May with the remit of 'begin to identify a future dental workforce model and the training required to deliver it'. On the face of it could this mean providing opportunities for DCPs to upskill and work to their full potential? I hope so. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds and what it might mean for dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and other DCPs.
You can read the report @ https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/advancing-dental-care
How are you getting on with preparing your Professional Development Plan (PDP)?
The office has received a number of calls from members who want help with setting up their PDP. I have been having a look at the PDP template on the website and have started to complete mine. The DTA template helps to take the pain out of designing your own PDP, it is there online ready to be completed and saved for you to refer to whenever you need.
The other new feature on the website is the self-populating Log Book. When you complete a CPD exercise the Log Book is filled in automatically and gives a running total of what CPD has been done and the number of hours.
Don't forget, we are here to help so don't hesitate to contact the office on 01452 886366.
Dental Technology Show 2019 – save the date!
17 & 18 May 2019 at the NEC. Hope to see you there!
The DTA continues to be involved with Skills for Health (SfH) and Health Education England (HEE) in the advancement of the Higher-Level Apprenticeship for dental technicians. Meetings were attended in Birmingham and London to progress the End Point Assessment (EPA) for both the dental technician and dental laboratory assistant apprenticeships. A significant change is that the EPA will now be 'integrated' and undertaken as a stand-alone module at the end of the course.
Did you read?
I have recently read about a study that has revealed that airport security trays carry harmful viruses.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of our friend and colleague, John Goodman.
John was more than a dental technician and clinical dental clinician, he was a pioneer within the profession and not afraid to put this point across. He was involved with the Clinical Dental Technicians Association as Chairman and Treasurer, and in the Dental Technologists Association as an elected Council member. His part in lobbying for the introduction of the role Clinical Dental Technician should not be forgotten, he was eloquent in his arguments for change and passionate about how the role could help and support patients.
He was appointed a Fellow of DTA in 2009 – the photograph shows him (left) receiving his award from Paul Mallett, President of DTA at the time.