President's Blog - May 2019
Hello and welcome to the May blog. I hope you enjoyed the glorious weather over the Easter break – for me it was time to get out in the garden again!
The May issue of The Technologist is now out and jam packed with features, DTA newsand the following articles:
- MDR Statement – part of our ongoing series covering the changes
- CPD self-declaration
- A guided milled telescope restoration process
- Complaints handling – part two
- Scope of Practice
A total of 4.5 hours of verified CPD is available in this edition.
If you have any ideas for articles or can suggest any authors please get in touch with Rebecca by email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you.
Upload external CPD certificates on the DTA website
You can now upload external CPD certificates onto the DTA website, to give you a complete at-a-glance view of the CPD you've undertaken. Simply upload your certificates in the CPD section and the system will automatically update your PDP and Log Book.
Dental Technology Show - DTS 2019 – 17 & 18 May
DTS is now just a week away and we are busy preparing for two busy days at the show. As usual the event is being held at the NEC, in the heart of the country, affording easy access by road, rail or air.
If you haven't yet registered for the event there is still time, simply visit www.the-dts.co.ukfor information about the speaker programme and details of exhibitors. Don't forget, the DTS event is arranged specially for dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and everyone who works in dental technology – there is no charge to attend and the benefits are exceptional.
Whilst you are at the show don't forget to come along to the DTA stand and say hello – we are on stand B05.
#The_DTA are proud to be in partnership to discuss the prospect of the new 'T' level qualifications #DentalTechnology beginning in 2020, in essence a more technical alternative to 'A' levels for post GCSE study, which aims to produce students with technical aptitude.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the DTA member survey and congratulations to Rosie Stack for winning a case of wine in the prize draw.
GDC workshop - Future development of CPD for dental professionals
Deputy President Adrian Rollings attended the GDC workshop 'Exploring ideas for the future development of CPD' on 9 April. The purpose of the workshop was to consider what types of CPD are most effective for registrants. The GDC published a document on 10 January this year titled 'A Review of the Literature on Continuing Professional Development (CPD)' and this formed the basis of the day. Attendees were encouraged to considered the pros and cons of various options. In particular whether a qualitative approach would be better than the current quantitive hours based approach.
Kirstie Moons, Council Member and Chair of the Policy and Research Board (PRB) held a workshop with registrants at their Birmingham office on 10 April 2019. The discussions were around the key points of importance, concerns or issues with regards to registration.
Scope of Practice Survey
What type of profession do you want in the future? It is now well over ten years since the introduction of compulsory registration for dental technicians. Now that the dust has settled, it's warranted that roles are reviewed and we consider the future. Join the discussion by completing our short survey at www.dta-uk.org/survey
DTA elections 2019
I am delighted to announce that the following members will be joining the DTA Management Team from May:
Welcome on board, we look forward to your input into the team.
Wobbly teeth and Diabetes
I was interested to see the latest Oral Health Foundation's Oral Health New Bulletin towards the end of April where they highlighted that a wobbly tooth may be the sign of Diabetes. You can read this interesting story, originally published in the Daily Express on 20 April @ https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1111877/diabetes-type-2-symptoms-high-blood-sugar-signs-loose-tooth
Sports drinks and their impact on dental health
Dentistry magazine recently published a fascinating article by Laura Hinds on how sports drinks impact on dental health. As a keen runner myself I was interested to read this piece and was surprised to read that sports drinks have been around since the 1960's!
You can read the full article @ https://www.dentistry.co.uk/2019/04/25/__trashed-6/
2019 dates for your diary
National Smile Month, 13 May – 13 June
National Smile Month is an established month-long campaign to promote good oral health. Between 13 May and 13 June 2019, National Smile Month will be sharing positive messages and engaging others to develop and maintain a healthy mouth.
Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved @ http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/
FEPPD European Dental Technician Day, 7 June
Have you thought about how you and your laboratory might get involved with this exciting new concept?
DenTeam Event, Exeter, 21 & 22 June
We are proud to be associated with the new DenTeamCPD event - the South-West Dental Congress 2019 at Sandy Park Conference Centre in June, and I'm looking forward to chairing the dental technology stream on Saturday alongside my DTA colleague Barry Tivey.There is a full programme over the two days and better still, all DTA members will receive a special 25% discount off their registration fee. To find out more and to register visit: www.denteamcpd.com
Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to James Green who has been a member of the DTA Management Team for some years and was our 2016 – 2018 President. We will miss his skills and hope he'll come back to us in the future.