Career

Want to set up a new BDA Young Dentists Group? Here’s how…

Young dentist Abeera Imran talks about her experience of setting up a new BDA Young Dentists Group, and she explains why she decided to get involved. I am in the process of setting up a Young Dentist Group (YDG) for South Mercia. This covers Northampton, Milton Keynes, Reading, Oxford, Windsor and High Wycombe. The idea to re-establish the YDG began when I wanted to become more involved with the B... »

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... »

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 ... »

The BDA needs you! Elections 2017

Elections. We’ve had our fair share. But come September there will be elections for the BDA – and how does this relate to you as a young dentist, I hear you ask? Well, you can help elect members of all of the craft committees, the BDA Councils (organised by country level) and for five members of the Principal Executive Committee, which operates as the board of the BDA. Or you could also step up an... »

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... »

Interested in writing for dental publications? The BDEF can help

Young dentist Nikki Patel, explains what the British Dental Editors Forum is and how it might benefit you, particularly if you are interested in getting experience of writing for dental publications.Nikki is completing a fellowship in clinical leadership and won first prize for the BDEF’s Young Dental Communicator of the Year Award in 2015 – she also sits on the BDA’s Young Denti... »

Do female dentists earn less than their male counterparts?

We know there are more women working in dentistry today than ever, but do we know if there is true equality in terms of pay? We decided to take a look at the current available evidence, and ask what this means for the future of the profession. Women in dentistry on the rise Since the first UK female dentist (Lilian Lindsay) qualified in 1895, the number of women in dentistry has been increasing ye... »

What does the UK election mean for young dentists?

Elections seem to be en vogue right now. It’s not long since we had a general election, there has been an independence vote in Scotland, and also the now ‘infamous’ Brexit vote in the UK. The Americans have had theirs too, and France is due to have the second round of their presidential vote. And now, to top it, off we’ve got our own snap UK general election, announced to take place on 8 June. So,... »

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