BDA Connect team's Posts

NHS dentistry in Wales: Where does the clawback money go?

New investment in NHS dentistry in Wales is welcome, but how does it square with up with the money lost from clawback? Katrina Clarke, Chair of the BDA’s Welsh General Dental Practice Committee, looks behind the headlines. The BDA’s response to the recent announcement by the Welsh Government Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, that £1.3m would be invested in NHS dentistry, was sceptical... »

Cleaning your knowledge: compliance and the dental team

BDJ in Practice spoke to the Patron of the Society of British Dental Nurses, Fiona Ellwood, about what the last eight years have meant for the dental team in regards to compliance and regulatory issues. In your view why was HTM 01-05 so significant? Decontamination and infection prevention and control were always part of core training for dental professionals and particularly for the dental nurse;... »

Where are all the dentists in Wales?

Katrina Clarke, Chair of the Wales General Dental Practice Committee puts out a call for dentists working in Wales to consider stepping forward and taking part in the BDA, either by taking part in the upcoming representative elections or by getting more involved locally, to help shape the future of the profession. I had a bad dream last night. I was sitting in a meeting room on one side of a table... »

Motivated by my patients and the people I have met

As part of our We are dentistry campaign, Shaila Patel-Buxton, shares her journey that brought her to working as an in-house dentist at a law firm and volunteering in Burma. I have been working as an associate for Bupa, and my current role is working as in-house dentist for international law firm Allen & Overy LLp. We look after their lawyers and support staff who work in a very demanding envi... »

Finding a rewarding career in dentistry

As part of our We are dentistry campaign, Rima Sadhia Hussain talks about the enjoyment of patient interaction from working in dentistry. I’m currently doing my vocational training with the North East London Deanery, and I am working as a General Dental Practitioner. I really enjoy working as part of a large team and every day is a great learning opportunity. I absolutely love going to CPD e... »

Proud to be part of the profession

As part of our We are dentistry campaign, Mark Woodger, shares his experience of working in NHS dentistry. I’m a partner in an NHS dental practice and I’m also secretary of my Local Dental Committee (LDC). My day job is heading up a team, running a busy NHS dental practice with three dentists and two therapists. In addition to working at the practice, I engage with NHS England to help improve serv... »

Using my dental skills to help others: volunteering in Argentina

Ellen Johnson is the current President of Sheffield University Dental Students Society. She shares what it’s like to give up her time to volunteer to help disadvantaged children in Argentina with charity Todos Juntos. How much charity work have you done since being accepted to study dentistry? So often when applying, you go above and beyond to volunteer and help charities, then once you’ve g... »

Getting your ducks in a row: how changes to the state pension might affect dentists

With news that the Government is proposing a change to the State Pension age from 67 to 68, our new Head of Pensions, Phil McEvoy, takes a look at how this, and other changes, may affect dentists and what you should do. Everyone knows pensions are a long term game. We as individuals have responsibilities to make provisions for our old age, and we also have justifiable expectations that Government ... »

Women in leadership roles: mentoring should be encouraged earlier

As an undergraduate dental student, I feel I am lucky to have had encountered a number of female role models who are in positions of leadership. With statistics estimating that women will make up over 50% of registered GDPs by 2020, it is an exciting time for young dentists to be entering the profession. Despite this, it is known that there are far fewer women in leadership positions and committee... »

Why do dental patients overdose on pain killers?

Charlotte Currie, Clinical Fellow in Oral Surgery, takes a look at the current evidence on why patients often resort to self-medication with painkillers, and encourages dentists to be on the look-out for patients who might be at serious risk of overdose. Anyone who has suffered with toothache will appreciate the pain intensity associated with a diagnosis such as symptomatic irreversible pulpitis o... »

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