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President's Blog - December 2018


Welcome to the December blog. It is hard to believe that Christmas is now less than four weeks away and 2019 is rapidly approaching!


General Dental Dental Professional Forum

On 22 November the GDC held its first Professional Forum meeting outside London at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  Over 50 people from all areas of dentistry attended the event which was opened by Dr Andrew Goodall, Chief Executive, NHS Wales.  John Stacey represented the DTA at this day of updates on Fitness to Practice, developments of CPD for dental professionals, the profession-wide complaints handling initiative and speciality developments.  The session closed with a presentation from Dr Colette Bridgman, Chief Dental Officer(Wales), entitled: 'A Healthier Wales – what can dentistry contribute?'


Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCS Ed)

I am delighted to welcome Robert Leggett, a CDT based in Edinburgh, to the DTA team as our representative at the DCP group of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Robert will be participating as a speaker at the DCP event in Edinburgh on 2 March next year.  For more details about the event and to book, visit www.rcsed.ac.uk/events-courses/event-entry?diaryId=2305  I am looking forward to attending the event and to meeting Robert.


World Skills UK 2018

The opportunity for DTA to take part in the World Skills UKeventwaswarmly welcomed and I attended the event to promote dental technology.This is the UK's largest careers and skills event and took place over three days at the NEC Birmingham. 


I travelled up to Birmingham with various appliances and prostheses for the stand, and was delighted with the response from the many visitors I spoke to.  They were fascinated by the opportunities for dental technicians, how we worked in the dental team and importantly, how we can help patients. 



The December issue of our e-journal, Articulate, is now available on the website.  This issue contains an update on GDPR with 1.25 hours of verifiable CPD, information about various events in 2019, plus news and updates.  


GDC Complaints Handing Initiative Working Group

The Dental Technologists Association (DTA) joined forces with leaders from across the dental sector to launch universal principles of good complaint handling on 22 November.


The DTA is one of 28 organisations from across the dental sector to launch a set of universal principles for good complaint handling. The six core principles provide a simple template for best practice, helping professionals and patients to get the most from feedback and complaints, for the benefit of all.


According to the General Dental Council's (GDC) 2017 Public and Patient Survey, 97% of dental patients report being either very (67%) or fairly (29%) satisfied with their dental treatment and only 8% report having considered making a complaint. However, of those who have, 33% said they had not done so because they didn't know where to start.


The principles set out a very clear picture of what patients can expect when providing feedback or making a complaint.


The six core principles are:

  1. All of your feedback is important to us.
  2. We want to make it easy for you to raise a concern or complain, if you need to.
  3. We follow a complaints procedure and keep you informed.
  4. We will try to answer all your questions and any concerns you raise.
  5. We want you to have a positive experience of making a complaint.
  6. Your feedback helps us to improve our service.

Further details, including how to get posters and leaflets, can be found @ www.dta-uk.org



NEBDN 75th anniversary


I was delighted to attend the NEBDN's 75th anniversary celebrations at London's Millbank Tower on 22 November.   The programme for the event included presentations by Professor Nairn Wilson and Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer (England).  NEBDN also presented Special Recognition Awards and appointed Emeritus Examiners. 


NEBDN 75th Anniversary

L to R: Diana Wincott MBE,  Bill Collins, Jennifer Lavery & David Craig MBE


Diana Wincott MBE (pictured left), the former head of dental nursing at Guy's in London, was presented with a special recognition award by NEBDN.


Robin Davies DCP Research Awards 2018

Towards the end of October, John Stacey attended the annual Robin Davies DCP Research Awards event at Chandos House in London.  Colgate and the Oral Dental Research Trust offer awards for research conducted by Dental Care Professionals and honour Professor Robin Davies' contribution to dental research.


Robin Davies DCP Research AwardsAt the event a total of three awards were introduced and presented by Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer (England).


A maximum of four awards, of up to £5000 each, are made on the basis of an application for support of investigations of clinical relevance, particularly in the field of preventive care.  Applicants must be DCPs.

To find out more visit http://odrt.org.uk/colgate-dcp-awards/


The closing date for the 2019 awards is 9 February 2019.


2019 diary dates

19 January:  Morning event at Birmingham Dental School, covering medical emergencies and COSHH.  https://www.westmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/Dentistry (select Maxcourse tag)

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



Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a joyous Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year.


Delroy Reeves - DTA President

Delroy Reeves

DTA President


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