President's Blog - November 2018
The trees are turning beautiful shades of brown, red, orange and gold and there's a winter chill in the air, so it must be time for the November Blog!
October has been a very busy month, so I've got lots of news for you.
The Technologist, November 2018
The November issue of Technologist will be out at the beginning of the month. This issue contains a whopping 6.25 hours of CPD and a very informative article on oral cancer, and links to Mouth Cancer Action Month - http://www.mouthcancer.org/
Here are the DTA team supporting the campaign:
L to R: Sue, James, Gerrard, Tony, Gregg, Andy, Delroy, John, Adrian and Steve
The facts relating to oral cancer are alarming:
- 8,300 Brits-a-year are now given the news they have mouth cancer.
- The number of cases has grown by 49% in the last ten years and by 135% in the last 20 years.
- 12% of British adults have not heard of mouth cancer, including 37% of 18-24-year-olds.
- 21% of us have had family members, friends or co-workers diagnosed with mouth cancer.
- 75% of us cannot identify the main signs and symptoms of mouth cancer.
Why not get involved in Blue Wednesday on 14 November and send us your photographs to put on our Facebook page? Find out more @ www.dentalhealth.org/bluewednesday
DTA management team meeting
On 20 October I chaired my first meeting as President of DTA. It was a busy day with lots of business to discuss and decisions to make – you'll be hearing more about our proposed projects for next year in the coming months.
2019 diary dates
2 March: Dental Care Professionals Conference, Edinburgh. www.rcsed.ac.uk/events-courses/event-entry?diaryId=2305
17 & 18 May: DTS, NEC. http://www.thedentistryshow.co.uk/
7 June: FEPPD European Dental Technician Day. www.european-dental-technicians-day.eu
21 & 22 June: DenTeam, Exeter.www.denteamcpd.com
A new regional CPD event for the south-west will be held next year, featuring a range of sessions tailored to dental technicians. DenTeam 2019 will take place at the Sandy Park Conference Centre on the outskirts of Exeter on 21 and 22 June 2019.
Directed by two former editors, Chris Ritchie and Derek Pearson, and put together in association with the Dental Technologists Association (DTA), the programme will cover the main core CPD subjects applicable to dental technicians along with a range of smaller seminars and workshops on everything from taking and working with better impressions to getting the best results with zirconia.
Speakers and topics confirmed so far include Dr Chet Trivedy with three sessions – medical emergencies and safeguarding in the core CPD stream, plus oral and neck cancer; dental technician Sean Wilkinson covering the future of immediate loading plus a workshop entitled 'Implant Planner Workflow'; Dr Marina Harris will look at the latest developments in periodontology as well as stress and psychological well-being in the dental team; lab owner Andrew Taylor will tackle working with zirconia and suggest ways that dentists can take better impressions; and there's much more on the way.
The full programme is due to be published in January when the delegate rates will be announced. Early bird rates will be available until April and DTA members will receive a special extra discount. "We've made sure to keep costs low for technicians," Chris says, "because we're keenly aware of the financial pressures they face. We're confident in putting together a really useful, worthwhile programme for techs that helps them reach their CPD quotas while offering networking opportunities with dentists from all over the south-west of England and beyond."
For further information and to register your interest in attending, exhibiting or sponsoring at the event, visit www.denteamcpd.com
Den-Tech charity trip to Cambodia
I was delighted to travel to Cambodia as an Ambassador for the charity Den-Tech, with Andrea Johnson, Chair and Founder of the Charity. The purpose of the trip was to meet colleagues at the Puthisastra University in Cambodia to discuss setting up a dental laboratory and training for dental technicians.
Retirement dinner for Sue Adams
I was pleased to host a retirement dinner for Sue Adams, our Chief Executive, the evening before our management team meeting last month.
As you will have read in The Technologist, we will be saying farewell and happy retirement to Sue Adams at the end of January. She has been working with DTA for over 26 years and along with her late husband, Malcolm, they were the voices at the end of the telephone for many members!
Sue said 'it has been a real privilege to have worked with some great people and to have supported the membership through the many and varied challenges over time. I will treasure some very happy memories of my time with the Association and DTETAB'. We wish her well.