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CDS Group North East Division

Event Type
Event Subject
Development Outcomes (A, C, D)
Topic Groups (Education & Development, Stress, Risk)
Saturday 29 January 2022
08:30 - 17:15
Copthorne Hotel Newcastle
The Copthorne Hotel Close, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3RT, England
Andrew Geddis-Regan, Caroline Graham, David Edwards
Booking Fees
  • Dental care professional: £30.00
  • Essential member: £60.00
  • Expert member: £60.00
  • Extra member: £60.00
  • Senior member: £60.00
  • Non member: £80.00
  • Student member: £30.00

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Where's your head at? A mental health update for the dental team - Face to face

* If booking two or more people, please use the booking form (PDF version) or booking form (word version) to make your booking, essential to include email details for each delegate.

Date ​Saturday 29 January 2022 

Copthorne Hotel Newcastle

The Close, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RT


08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:00 Mental health - an update of common conditions - Richard Latham

10:00 Common medicines used in psychiatry - an update - Anthony Young

10:45 Break and refreshments

11:15 Understanding the role of an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) - Niall Salmon

12:30 Post-traumatic stress disorder and dentistry - David Edwards

13:15 Lunch

14:00 Managing children and young people with anxiety and behavioural problems - Christine Brace

14:45 Person-centred dental care decision making - Andrew Geddis-Regan

15:30 Break and refreshments

16:00 Practical tips for managing dental patients with mental health conditions - Caroline Graham

16:45 Division AGM (BDA members only)

17:15 Close

Group / Division

CDS Group / North East Division


BDA member - £60

Non-member - £80

DCP's including dental nurses, therapists - £30

FDs/Students £30 *

* Please note, if you are an FD or non-member undergraduate student please use the booking form or call us on 020 7563 4590 to make your booking, as you cannot get the special lower rate online.

A light lunch will be provided along with refreshments. Please email with any specific dietary requirements

​​​CPD6 hours

The newly reformed and enthusiastic BDA CDS Group North East Division has taken the complex and highly topical area of mental health as the theme for its first study day. We aim to highlight some of the key mental health conditions that we will come across in practice and the challenges they can cause in providing dental care.  This will include drugs associated with mental health, issues with capacity, inpatient care, children services and self care.

Learning objectives

Mental health - an update of common conditions

  • Gain an understanding of common mental health conditions
  • Understand the sections of the mental health act relevant to dentistry
  • Appreciate the levels of psychiatric inpatient care.

Common medicines used in psychiatry - an update

  • Gain insight into the common drugs used in mental health management
  • Appreciate oral and dental side effects of the common drugs used
  • Understand the importance of drug interactions and/or the impact on patient management.

Understanding the role of an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)

  • Appreciate the role of an IMCA
  • Gain an understanding of when an IMCA is required and how to contact them
  • Understand how the dental team can be involved with an IMCA and the benefit this can have to dental management.

Post-traumatic stress disorder and dentistry

  • Understand possible causes, signs and symptoms of PTSD
  • Have an appreciation of the impact of PTSD
  • Gain an understanding of options for dental management of patients with PTSD.

Managing children and young people with anxiety and behavioural problems

  • Gain an understanding of the techniques used to improve anxiety in young people
  • Appreciate the role of a cognitive behavioural therapist
  • Learn some basic cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to support your clinical practice.

Person-centred dental care decision making 

  • To review the key challenges in dental care decision-making for people living with cognitive impairments
  • To review components of 'good' clinical decisions and consider how clinicians can support these in practice
  • To review findings of research related to dental care decision making for people living with dementia and consider the implications of this on practice.

Practical tips for managing dental patients with mental health conditions

  • Gain knowledge to improve management of dental patients with a variety of mental health conditions
  • Learn some practical tips for successful dentistry in this group
  • Understand the different modalities of treatment available to patients with mental health issues.
​​Learning contentThis event will cover the complex area of mental health through various sessions with the opportunity to ask questions to all speakers.
Development outcomesA, C and D

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Richard Latham, Consultant Psychiatrist

Richard is a consultant forensic psychiatrist in London. His clinical work has included working in general, specialist and community forensic services. He has also taught extensively to different professional groups on mental health and mental capacity law.

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Anthony Young, Psychiatric Pharmacist

Born in the North East of England, Anthony graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 1999. He spent the first seven years of his career working in both community pharmacy and also in an acute hospital working in medicine, surgery and older people services. During this time, Anthony obtained a post graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy, a master of science in clinical pharmacy and became, initially, a supplementary prescriber and then subsequently an independent prescriber and has published in this area. Anthony then moved into a mental health trust where he has worked in several capacities ranging from Lead Clinical Pharmacist to Deputy Chief Pharmacist. Currently, Anthony is Lead Pharmacist for Research and Workforce Development. Anthony has a post graduate certificate in strategic leadership and management from the Chartered Management Institute and is currently studying for an MBA in Senior Leadership and Management.

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Niall Salmon, IMCA

Niall has worked in mental health services for over 25 years and for the last 15 of those been practicing as an advocate with vulnerable adults across a full range of statutory and non-statutory advocacy; as a result, has a lot of experience working with individuals with profound Learning Disabilities, Autism, complex mental health conditions and so on. He has been involved around a number of serious medical treatment decisions (including dental surgery); often, in these cases, the individual is deemed to lack capacity and 'Best Interest's' have to be considered. His role as a Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) has always been to help the individual to express their wishes and feelings, and to help them understand the gravity of the challenging decisions that they may be facing.  

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David Edwards, PTSD

David is currently an academic clinical fellow and speciality trainee in endodontics at Newcastle Dental Hospital. Until recently he served as a Dental Officer in the Royal Army Dental Corps during which time he deployed on two tours of Afghanistan and managed patients at Headley Court that had physical and mental health injuries resulting from conflict. He also served as the Military lead in sedation, managing patients with anxiety. He intends to discuss first hand experiences of treating patients with PTSD, many of which are now presenting in civilian practice in need of anxiety management.

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Christine Brace, CBT Therapist

Christine is a Registered General Nurse who has worked within Child and Adolescent services since 1987. She has worked within Child Psychiatry, Child and Family Department, School Nursing, Community mental health services and BEST (behaviour and education support team) and has completed further study in mental health practice and cognitive therapy. Christine is currently employed as the Senior Cognitive Behaviour Therapist within Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CCAMHS) in Sunderland.

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Andrew Geddis-Regan, Specialist in Special Care Dentistry

Andrew Geddis-Regan is a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry and a Doctoral Research Fellow. Following core training posts in Liverpool in general dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Andrew relocated to the North East in 2017 to undertake an Academic specialty training post in Special Care Dentistry. During this post he completed a postgraduate certificate in Clinical Research, a Diploma in Special Care Dentistry with RCS England and gained membership in Special Care Dentistry with RCS Edinburgh. In February 2020, he was added to the GDC Specialist List in Special Care Dentistry. Andrew secured funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support a PhD exploring dental care for people living with dementia but maintains his clinical practice as a Senior Dental Officer for North Cumbria Integrated Care NHs Foundation Trust. He is the Academic representative for the British Society for Disability.

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Caroline Graham, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry

Following training in Dundee and Newcastle Caroline has worked in the Salaried Dental Service in the North of England and North Yorkshire for over 15 years seeing a wide range of special care patients. Caroline is currently in Special Care Dentistry and clinical Lead for North Yorkshire Dental Care Services, part of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, and the team sees a wide range of community based special care patients including patients with a range of mental health issues.

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Full terms and conditions (including cancellation policy)

​​COVID-19 and staying safe at the venueEnhanced measures will be in place to keep delegates, staff and speakers safe during this event:
  • We encourage you to please take a lateral flow test the evening before you are due to arrive onsite (along with all staff and speakers). Should your test result be positive, you should not attend (unless of course it has then been possible to obtain a negative result from a PCR test)
  • The venue requires that all delegates wear face coverings at all times
  • Please sanitise your hands on arrival and continue to sanitise/wash your hands regularly throughout the event
  • We encourage social distancing whilst moving around the venue
  • Socially distanced seating during the lecture
  • There will be frequent cleaning of the venue
  • Good ventilation throughout the venue
  • Flexibility to transfer to a future event should you find yourself prevented from attending due to the requirement to self-isolate or onset of COVID-related symptoms.

Delegates who have symptoms of COVID-19 (a new, persistent cough; a high temperature; or loses/has changes to their sense of taste or smell) should self-isolate and take a PCR test, even if these symptoms are mild. Please do not attend if you have any of these symptoms.

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