2016: a good year for dentistry in Northern Ireland?

You could say that although much has changed, much has stayed the same when it comes to the dental landscape in Northern Ireland this year. The challenges we face appear to grow ever larger, although our message is that there is light through the tunnel, and we are here to help support you through it. The Stormont elections in May brought in a new form of opposition, and with it the potential for ... »

Young dentists’ update: changing workforce trends, patient communication and mouth cancer

The BDA Young Dentists Committee met this past month and one of the biggest issues discussed was the changing workforce and provision of oral health. It seems that fewer and fewer dentists are now practice owners within practices delivering NHS care. The previous trend of associates taking a stake in the practice they work in seems to have declined. The past few years have seen a downward trend in... »

Is the BDA the organisation you want it to be?

My history with the BDA has perhaps not followed a conventional path, if one exists. I was active in a Local Dental Committee (LDC) environment at a time of upheaval pre-2006, and my anger at the way the profession and patients were being rolled into a dental contract that was criticised and untested, was only increased by being presented with a contract that could be terminated without reason or ... »

Why having a voice is so important: a young dentist’s perspective

I’m a member of the BDA Young Dentists Committee which focuses on issues facing dentists up to 10 years post-graduation. Current issues we are working on include foundation training and confidence amongst new graduates, employment status, commissioning guidelines and NHS pensions. Dentists vary in age and location and there will be things that are personal to each and every one of us. The BDA prov... »

Take control of your future: get involved with the BDA

Young dentists face so many pressures in the modern dentistry world. Dentists are graduating with limited clinical experience, whilst patient expectations and demands are at their peak. Accompanied with rising indemnity costs and GDC fees and increased student debt, it can be a tough environment to work within. I stood for the BDA’s Young Dentists Committee, as I wanted to help make positive chang... »

Become a better dentist: stand with us

I have been a BDA member for a long time. As a dental student, I used to read my father’s copies of the BDJ. Then they were yellow covered, but now, today, I am supplying the pictures for them: I joined the BDA as a student and then, when I did my PhD research, the BDA kindly reduced my membership fee for three years whilst I was studying. I never forgot that decision to become a BDA member ... »

Fighting for what is best for dentists

It has been a very busy year throughout the BDA: the BDA’s board or Principal Executive Committee (PEC) to give it its full name, works with various craft committees, country councils, and others to achieve the best possible outcome for dentists, in all fields of dentistry, across the UK. Our future: GDC, student bursaries and Compass issues The future of dental regulation and the failings of the ... »

Frustrated about the state of UK dentistry?

I stood for the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (technically, its ‘board’) because I found myself getting more and more frustrated about the state of dentistry in the UK, and particularly the issues facing NHS dentistry, things like the dental contract and the spectre of increasing regulation. In my anger, I’d taken to typing online about my ire and then I realised this wasn’t really achieving... »

What are you waiting for? Lead your profession

As the profession differentiates, it is really important that the insights match that differentiation. So I would urge anyone who is passionate about dentistry in the UK and who can bring opinion, perspective and drive to put themselves forward to lead our unique organisation. In 1880, John Tomes and his colleagues established the British Dental Association with the aim of advancing dentistry with... »

Charges: failing the vulnerable

The recent coverage in The Times and other media, including BBC TV and radio, of the story that dental patients going to their General Medical Practitioners cost £26 million, as estimated by research carried out by the BDA, show again that we no longer have a national health service. Dental patients in Wales pay significantly less for an examination (£13.50) compared to England (£19.70) and in Sco... »

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