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Young dentists: blazing the trail

One of the tips from my previous blog was the importance of planning ahead. Recently, I went along to the annual BDA Careers Day event, and it was great to meet so many enthusiastic and dedicated young foundation dentists. For me, what made it such a success, rather than just the fact it was a full house, was the fantastic range of speakers and the vibe. Speak to almost any seasoned practitioner these days, and you will hear a lot of low morale and worries about the current practicing climate. But what really impressed me at the event, was the positive and determined attitude of the young dentists there. A lot of them seemed to acknowledge that although the practicing climate appears to be g... »

Dental specialty training: Is it for you?

John Perry is a final year orthodontic postgraduate specialist trainee at Cardiff University School of Dentistry. He offers his perspective on whether to specialise or not and shares his experience of specialty training. Should I specialise? You should consider your own personal strengths, interests, and motivations, when making a decision about whether or not to specialise. There are other ways of being successful in dentistry, so it is important to ask yourself the following questions: Do you have a passion for a specific aspect of dentistry? Are you willing to deskill in other areas of dentistry? Can you invest the considerable time and resources required? Furthermore, you need to acknowl... »

Walk in the shoes of a foundation dentist

First day on the job Finally – that moment when you have finished your dentistry degree and now you are fully qualified as a foundation dentist (FD), ready to start your career. Recent graduates and FDs can only relate to the rush of adrenaline and excitement, as well as nerves on the first day of your new job as an FD. So my first day started with ‘meet and greet’ amongst the reception team, nurses and practice manager. I was then introduced to my new surgery – my humble abode where I would be working, seeing and treating patients. There was computer system that was easy to follow, equipment and an order booklet should I need any other dental material/equipment. Although I hadn’t met ... »

GDPC update: January 2017 meeting

The General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) met for its first full meeting of the year on 27 January. The Committee received a presentation from the Chair of COPDEND, Nicholas Taylor. Members also discussed the professional regulation and the GDC Shifting the Balance consultation, contract reform, issues with Capita and performer lists, an EU-wide phase down on amalgam, parental leave changes and the Northern Ireland elections. Elections Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen was re-elected as Chair and David Cottam and Richard Emms were re-elected as Vice-chairs. GDPC by-elections Three new members have been elected to the committee and we look forward to working with these colleagues over the coming ye... »

Workplace stress for dentists in Scotland: an undocumented problem?

The mental health of healthcare professionals is becoming a more often talked about issue in the news these days. However, in Scotland, we feel that dentists are often the forgotten profession when it comes to revealing the scale of the problem, and impact of the often stressful and frustrating environments we work in. Admitting you are feeling stressed is never an easy thing to do. But nearly all of us experience stress or other problems at some point in our lives. Indeed, it’s well reported by the charity Mind that 1 in 4 people in the UK are likely to suffer from a mental health problem each year, and they are working hard to combat the stigma around mental health, encouraging people to s... »

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