President's Blog - June 2019
Hello and welcome to the June blog. May was a busy month for DTA, we attended the major dental technology show DTS at the NEC, continue reading to find out more…
Dental Technology Show - DTS 2019 – 17 & 18 May
I had a great time at DTS again this yearcatching up with members and lots of other dental technicians new to DTA.I was very pleased to be accompanied by Sue Adams over the two days and I thank her for all her help on the DTA stand.The education aspect of the show is always really good, there was a great line-up of speakerspresenting on a range of topics. I always enjoy meeting other exhibitors, though I didn't quite manage to get around them all as there were over 60, but it was great to see some offering hands-on education at their stands. - The dates for next year have already been announced as 15 & 16 May 2020.
I was very pleased to meet with the DTA Fellowship winnersat the DTS, all three awarded for their outstanding contribution to dental technology. I proudly presentedJeff Lewis and Steve Taylor with their trophies while Sue Adams presented the trophy to Tony Knight.
Den-Tech Charity Cheque Presentation
Over the past year we have very proudly supported Den-Tech which is a charity concerned with relieving poverty by the provision of affordable dental appliances to those patients who are in need and unable to afford treatment, this applies to both in the UK and abroad. Thank you to all of our members who contributed to this worthy cause, a total of £344 was raised through the option to add a pound to your annual renewal fee.
Thank you to Gerrard Starnes who presented the cheque to Den-Tech Chair, Andrea Johnson, on behalf of the membership.
The June issue of the Articulate e-journal can be viewed in the DTA members area by clicking on the image below and logging in using your membership number and password. Included in this issue are two CPD articles totalling 1.5 hours:
– DTA video lecture by Tony Griffin which aims to provide an overview of the requirements of the 2020 Medical Devices Regulations (MDR), clarify the changes from MDD to MDR and look at the MDR requirements of the statement.
– Temporary restoration of a pontic tooth built into a clear retainer which aims to raise awareness of the potential of a temporary restoration and a light-cured link to a clear retainer.
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.
Annual declaration to the GDC
It's that time of year - I recently received an email reminder from the GDC to submit my annual CPD statement. We receive lots of requests from members asking for help with their annual declaration and so we have published an article in the May issue of The Technologist which is very informative and will talk you through the process of how to prepare. If you're a member, you can log in to read it here: https://www.dta-uk.org/the_technologist.php
Scope of Practice Survey
The GDC have announced that they are starting a review into 'Scope of Practice' guidance and will soon be planning discussions and workshops with dental professionals and other stakeholders. In preparation for these discussions we are carrying out some research of our own and we encourage you to discuss, debate and express your views by completing our short survey. See Adrian Rollings thought provoking article about scope of practice in the May issue of The Technologist.
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, visit: http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/
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. I have since attended further meetings on 6 February and 15 May.
The working group now has around 40 organisations involved from across the dental sector to and the aim is to launch a set of universal principles for good complaint handling.
The initiative is currently in the evidence gathering and consultation phase, and once reviewed work will begin to draft a proposed framework.
Protect our NHS from US corporations!
As part of his visit to the UK, Donald Trump has just said that the NHS must be on the table as part of any trade deal with the UK after Brexit. You can read more and sign the petition here:
FEPPD CAD/CAM Survey
Mirjana Zagoričnik from Slovenia with FEPPD (European Federation of Dental Lab Owners and Independent Dental Technicians) would like to conduct a survey to review the coverage of digital technologies in dental laboratories in EU countries. The results of the research may be helpful to the profession in monitoring the development of the profession and adapting the curriculum of the study programs to the needs of dental laboratories. If you use CAD/CAM please complete the survey here by 28 June 2019: https://forms.gle/zvDqx6VQA2KsVE9p8
Are you represented?
If you're not yet a member of the DTA we welcome you to read all about the benefits of joining here .
You can register online https://www.dta-uk.org or if you have any questions, our website has lots of information or please call Rebecca on 01242 461931.
Dates for your diary
BDIA Dental Showcase returns to the Birmingham NEC from the 17 - 19 October 2019.
Visit their website to find out more and register for your free ticket:https://www.dentalshowcase.com/
DTS, 15&16 May www.the-dts.co.uk
At the NEC Birmingham and co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show