Opinion

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 ... »

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 ... »

Lilian Lindsay: a woman who didn’t take no for an answer

Dentistry has quite a lot to celebrate in terms of the roles women have played in its development and also the huge contributions they make today in the profession. For International Women’s Day 2017 we are highlighting some of the inspiring women in our profession and also remembering those who forged the way, including the pioneering Lilian Lindsay. Lilian Lindsay truly was a woman ahead o... »

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 t... »

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... »

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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... »

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