Me (pictured right) handing the past-president’s medal to Diana Gould, at the meeting
I was delighted to be honoured as the BDA's Community Dental Service Group's new President for 2018-19, at the recent CDS Annual Presidential and Scientific meeting, which took place in my hometown of Derry in Northern Ireland, on 11-12 October.
At the event, we welcomed 150 members of the community dental service from across the UK, giving them an opportunity to share experience and best practice, as well as to meet colleagues old and new, and network.
Our BDA events team members welcoming delegates to the event
The event focused on the complex issues surrounding working in the community dental service, and the programme included sessions on the management of heavily restored aging dentition, hot topics in oral medicine, dental aspects of head and neck oncology and self-guided cognitive behavioural therapy for dentally anxious patients.
Poster prize winners: (left to right), Kathryn McKenna, Karen Maxwell, Maeve McLernon, Laura Heskins, Laura Andrews, Meabh McKeown
Every year, we host a popular poster prize competition. The winning poster in the Service Improvement Category this year, was Laura Heskins for "Therapist led Domiciliary Assessments".
Two second prizes were awarded to Laura Andrews and Bernadette Devlin for Medication Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws: a qualitative study investigating the understanding and knowledge of oncology nurses" and Karen Maxwell, Lynda Blair and Christine McWilliams for "Keep it clean".
The first prize in the Trainee category was awarded to Meabh McKeown and Jane Burrell for "Have the details of the named person been recorded? Safeguarding children: a record keeping audit."
Second prize went to Kathryn McKenna, Anne Stevens and Gerry McKenna for "An audit of oral care in residential care homes in the Belfast Trust" and third prize to Maeve McLernon for "Dementia Friendly Dentistry: Service evaluation within Community Dental Services".
We know that morale and motivation is often a particularly issue for those working in the community dental service – successive cuts and issues with pay uplifts, are taking their toll on many.
That's why we feel events like this - and the work of the CDS Group - where we aim to bring community dentists together, to talk about the good and the bad, to let off some steam, to learn, and also to celebrate the great work so many are doing, is so important in these times.
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CDS Group President 2018-19
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