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Looking for some career inspiration?

In his second blog, foundation dentist, Hannan Imran, shares the key learnings he took away from the BDA/UCL Careers Day 2017 event that he attended with members of his scheme. Build your CV   Whatever your career goals may be, having a well-balanced CV will prove to be your strongest asset. At Careers Day, several speakers highlighted the importance of using the ‘personal specification’ guides th... »

Three simple steps to make Facebook work for your practice

It’s 2017. Not having an established presence on Facebook is no longer an option. As social media platforms evolve and mobile use continues to grow, more and more services will be accessed through Facebook. Establishing your brand presence and online community is a must have in your marketing toolkit.   Three tips to get you started: Deliver value to your audience Content is king. Peopl... »

Newly-qualified dentist? Tips I wish I had before my dental foundation training

Abeera Imran is in her first year as a foundation dentist and shares her experience of what to expect when going into your first post and some top tips. I began the year knowing that it would be a steep learning curve and I often wondered what working full time would be like, as the summer break was coming to an end. I had been told by senior colleagues that I would complete more treatment in the ... »

Now is the time to invest in children’s smiles in Wales

We’re asking our dentists to help spread the message about the detrimental impact sugar can have on patient’s teeth, and to help highlight the shocking state of oral health amongst some groups of children in Wales. The sugar levy is going to come into force in April 2018, across the UK. This will be a tax on soft drinks such as carbonated drinks, dilutables and still drinks that contain high level... »

Why don’t you consider dentistry? Women in dentistry then and now

I was proud to support International Women’s Day on 8 March, and celebrate the amazing contributions women have made to dentistry, as well as reflect on how some great female role models have helped me in my career. My story of “why I did dentistry” is a product of my generation. My strength at school was mathematics, and I wanted to become an actuary, but in those days women were excluded from th... »

Capita and Performers List: a dentist down the rabbit hole

I recently qualified as a dentist in the UK, spending thousands of pounds on applications, registration, exams, CPD and preparation courses to be able to work in the UK. However, I now find myself falling down a rabbit hole. After years of slog and sacrifice (and with the ongoing patience of my family), I finally thought, this is it, it’s my moment, and I’m able now to work as a dentist, doing wha... »

My journey and advice as a dentist and a woman

I started dentistry in 1985 at what was then The United Medical and Dental schools of Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital. We were the largest dental school at that time and approximately 50% of the intake were female. I chose to do vocational training in its first year of introduction at Charing Cross Hospital and started working at the practice I currently own as a fresh faced, eager trainee in ... »

Northern Counties Burns Night 2017 celebration

The BDA Northern Counties Branch annual Burns Night supper and Ceilidh was a fantastic event again this year, with dancing, singing, and a lot of celebration, at the Sage Gateshead. This year, BDA Principal Executive Committee Chair, Mick Armstrong, attended, alongside the 126 branch members and guests. We raised £1200 for the BDA Benevolent Fund from our charity raffle. The event was generously s... »

How the Oral Health Education course boosted my career

How the Oral Health Education course boosted my career

Ana Tout, a previous BDA Oral Health Education (OHE) student and star of this video, was 21 when she first came to England on a student visa. She originally studied agriculture in her native Romania, but decided after a few visits to England, that farming wasn’t for her. Despite little knowledge of dental nursing, she was encouraged by a friend to build a new career in dentistry. We interviewed An... »

Special care dentist wins at Best Trainee 2016 Awards

Special care dentist, Claire Curtin, won the overall award at the recent Wales Deanery Best Trainee Awards and was named the best trainee of 2016. Claire also won the Outstanding Contribution to Raising the Profile of special care dentistry in Wales award. Claire gives many talks on Special Care Dentistry, she spoke at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition on special care dentistry and care... »

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