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Lilian Lindsay Lecture

Event Type
Event Subject
Business management
Development Outcomes (A, B, C, D)
Topic Groups (NHS)
Thursday 2 May 2019
10:30 - 12:00
British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 8YS, England
Kevin Lewis
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Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture

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Missed opportunities and ever-decreasing circles in NHS dentistry

Thursday 2 May 2019   |   LONDON

Registration from 10:30
Lecture from 11:00-12:00 followed by a sandwich lunch

1 hour CPD
FREE to attend

The prestigious Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture is given each year by a distinguished member of the dental profession or an academic or historian working in the field of dental history.

The lecture is named in honour of Lilian Lindsay (1871 -1960), the first lady to qualify as a dentist in the United Kingdom in 1895. She went on to found the BDA museum and laid the foundations of the world class reference library we have today. She was a writer and a scholar, being the first to translate Pierre Fauchard's seminal work of 1728 into English. In 1946 she was elected President of the BDA and awarded the CBE the same year.  

This year's lecturer is Kevin Lewis who is presenting a session on 'Missed opportunities and ever-decreasing circles in NHS dentistry'


Please find the session outline below:

Missed opportunities and ever-decreasing circles in NHS dentistry



UK dentistry has felt somewhat under siege in recent years, from every direction. Meanwhile, the halflife of each successive reorganisation and reform of the NHS general dental services continues to shorten with no nirvana in sight. The era of NHS dentistry has already seen off two generations of GDPs, and a third is quickly seeing its enthusiasm and optimism eroded. So have we already seen the heyday of NHS dentistry, and if so, did we miss it? - and when was it?

Alternatively, is all the current doom and gloom misplaced, and is it possible that necessity might yet prove to be the mother of invention after all?

This presentation takes a somewhat unconventional and (at times) unexpected journey through the highs and lows of NHS dentistry and explores its future prospects.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the ‘big picture’ of the dental professional environment in the UK, and how its component parts have been interacting and impacting upon NHS dentistry.
  • Appreciate the inherent challenges of the NHS general dental services, and ask whether it is ever possible for a single system to balance the needs, requirements and expectations of the State, the profession and the public
  • Be better placed to evaluate the NHS’s historic and current role in fostering preventive care, high standards of clinical dentistry, ethics and professionalism, and investment in practice facilities and competencies
  • Understand the impact of consumerism and the crucial importance of communication in dentist patient relations, patient satisfaction, complaints and litigation.


Kevin Lewis

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​Kevin Lewis qualified from The London Hospital in 1971. He spent 20 years in full time general dental practice and ten further years practising part time. He became involved in the dento-legal field in 1989, firstly as a member of the Board of Directors of Dental Protection, then (1992) as a full time dento-legal adviser and from 1998 as Dental Director, a post which he held for 18 years until he stepped down in 2016. During that time he was an executive member of the Council (Board of Directors) of the Medical Protection Society (MPS) and a member of its senior management team.

For 25 years from 1981 to 2006, Kevin was the Associate Editor of Dental Practice. Since then Kevin has continued his regular columns as the Consultant Editor of Dentistry and in several other publications in and around dentistry He has written two textbooks on dental practice management and contributed guest chapters to many other books. He has lectured and written regularly all over the world, having been an invited speaker at nine FDI World Dental Congresses and a guest speaker at the conferences of 18 national dental associations. Uniquely, he has been awarded honorary membership of the British, Irish and New Zealand Dental Associations.

He is an Honorary Member of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry and also a member of the Transition Board of Directors for the College of General Dentistry, into which the current FGDP(UK)plans to transition.


1 hour CPD

The seminar meets the educational criteria set by the GDC for verifiable CPD (1 hour) and is certified by the British Dental Association.

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