As part of my role on the YDC as a hospital dentist, I attend events to find out what is happening in our field. The BDA held its second ever Hospital Dental Services Study Day on 6 February, designed to bring together hospital dentists and discuss some of the key issues of the day. Here's what happened…
Dentistry is about more than just clinical
As hospital dentists we are often so very focused on our building our clinical skills, there's room for little else. But I think it is really important for younger dentists to know the context in which they are working and to be informed.
The series of presentations in the morning aimed to do just that and focused on dento-political issues.
First up was Henrietta Hughes, the NHS National Safeguarding Guardian, who explained her role and used some case studies to show why those working in hospitals need to speak up and raise concerns if needed.
Next, Nick Barker, a GDP, a Postgraduate Dental Tutor and Chair of the Essex Local Professional Network (LPN), talked about managed clinical networks and their impact. He explained the roles and responsibilities of dentists in the Managed Clinical Networks (MCN) and Local Dental Network (LDN) groups. He also explained his role in the LPN and the tethering of "tier 2" contracts for GDPs in primary care whereby GDPs would be able to apply through a portfolio to become an accredited "tier 2" practitioner.
The process of this accreditation and tethering is work in progress, and the MCNs regularly meet up to discuss ways to improve such local NHS services.
Head of Terms and Conditions of Service at the British Medical Association (BMA), Peter Gordon, discussed the scheduled pay increases for consultants and dentists working in hospitals and the role of the BMA and BDA have when securing pay increases. The consultants in the room were particularly interested to hear the BMA's part in the new arrangements for the Clinical Excellence Award.
Do you know the difference between axial, saggital and cornoal?
In the afternoon, I really enjoyed Consultant in Dental Maxillofacial Radiology at Guy's Hospital, London Suk Ng's, presentation on Cone Beam CT-clinical uses and incidental findings. This presentation was the first clinical discussion of the day, and presented highly interesting lesions in the oral cavity, such as the commonly referred 'dense bone island'.
Dr Ng was quick to test the audience and at the end of the presentation it was safe to say that everyone knew the difference between 'Axial' 'Saggital' and 'Cornoal' views with a CBCT!
As an aside, Dr Ng has started the world's first PGCert at Kings College in Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation, if you are interested in this area, I recommend taking a look.
Getting published in the BDJ
Finally, Editor in Chief of the BDJ, Stephen Hancocks OBE and Associate Editor of the BDJ Portfolio, David Westgarth, gave a lively talk on getting published and writing skills. They are really encouraging younger dentists to submit work – advice on getting published is here, or you can get in touch with the BDJ for advice.
Younger hospital dentists getting recognised
Poster competition winners: (left picture) Cherry Chang, second place in the DCT poster prize and (right picture) Andre Xavier, one of the winners of the Registrars/SAS poster prize - both pictured with Peter Dyer, Chair of the BDA Hospital Dentist Committee.
The last part of the day was the incredibly popular poster competition.
The winners of the dental core trainee prize were Alex Rovira-Wilde and Sarah McKernon from the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, whilst the winners of the specialty registrars and the SAS prize were Julia Palmer, Andre Xavier, Emily Carter, Judith Jones and Zoe Killick of Barts Health NHS Trust.
It was great to see so many younger hospital dentists taking part and getting their hard work recognised by their peers.
For me, it was really a refreshing and engaging day, and in spite of the long journey (I live in Scotland!), it was well worth it to hear about what's going on in the world of hospital dentistry and to talk and listen to other hospital dentists, from across the UK, and in a range of different roles.
I look forward to the next one! Any comments or suggestions on how we can support you as younger hospital dentists, please get in touch, I'd love to hear from you.
Amaar Hassan, DCT2 and YDC member
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