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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... »

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... »

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... »

MPs try their hands at the dental drill

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry and Oral Health – a forum for Parliamentarians interested in oral health, for which the BDA provides a secretariat – held their latest event in Parliament on 12 July. In a change from the serious panel discussions so typical for APPG events, this informal interactive drop-in, entitled “Do you have what it takes to be a dentist?”, promoted a po... »

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... »

The one per cent solution

Every NHS dentist in Britain has felt the impact of the public sector pay cap. Now, after seven years we could be seeing some progress. Ahead of the Queen’s Speech, together with representatives of over a million NHS staff, we told the Prime Minister it was time for a change in direction. Our calls went unheeded, but we are keeping up the pressure. And this week we’ve joined again with our colleag... »

Homelessness and oral health: a neglected issue

Dental problems are widespread among people experiencing homelessness – and in many cases they may be preventing people from escaping lives of poverty and addiction. My name is Rob and I’m one of the peer researchers involved in Groundswell’s Healthy Mouths Health Audit. We spoke to over 260 homeless people from across London about their oral health, including people who are street homeless, in ho... »

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,... »

What can the BDA do for you? Starting out in dentistry

I visited the British Dental Association, based in Wimpole Street recently, for an afternoon with my Dental Foundation Training scheme. Before going, I did wonder what the visit to the BDA would entail. The afternoon was comprehensive and we left with broader awareness on what becoming a BDA member offers to young dentists. Advice when applying for jobs One of the major advantages of being a BDA m... »

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