New CGDent-GC Award offers aesthetic dentistry training to Foundation Dentists

The College and GC, in association with The Tom Bereznicki Charitable Educational Foundation, have launched a new competition for Foundation Dentists and Vocational Trainees throughout the UK.

The inaugural CGDent-GC Award for Foundation Dentists, which promotes dentistry skills, is open to all those enrolled on a Foundation or Vocational Training Programme in 2023-24.

All eligible competition entrants will receive a free GC G-aenial A-CHORD Composite kit, worth in the region of £250, to use in their case treatment (while stocks last), and up to 14 winners will receive a fully-funded place on a composite layering course taking place over two days at the GC Europe Campus in Leuven, Belgium. The prize includes hotel accommodation, international travel expenses, meals and subsistence.

Entrants must submit an aesthetic case that they have treated during their Foundation/Vocational Training. The case must involve more than one tooth, including at least one anterior tooth, as well as the use of composite to restore teeth.

The award is now open, the closing date for entry is Friday 23 February 2024, and final cases must be submitted by Friday 5 April 2024. The winners will be announced in early June, and their course will take place on Thursday 11th & Friday 12th July 2024.

GC is an oral health company which manufactures dental systems and products which are sold around the world, and has won awards for its products and innovations. It provides both online and in-person training covering many areas of dental practice.

The Tom Bereznicki Charitable Educational Foundation supports educational opportunities for early career dentists in the UK, and was founded by Dr Tom Bereznicki FCGDent, a general dental practitioner with a special interest in restorative dentistry.

Speaking about the inaugural award, Professor Sir Nairn Wilson CBE FCGDent, President Emeritus of the College, said:

I am delighted that newly qualified colleagues will have the opportunity to enter the innovative CGDent-GC competition. By becoming entrants, it is hoped that a large number of FDs and VTs across the UK, in addition to having opportunity to work with a state-of-the-art composite system, will be encouraged to expand and develop their knowledge, skills and experience in aesthetic dentistry, to better serve the needs and expectations of their patients. The collaborative working between CGDent and GC, made possible by the generous support of the recently established Tom Bereznicki Charitable Educational Foundation, is to be warmly welcomed: hopefully the first of many different collaborations between the College and the dental industry to promote excellence in clinical care.”

John Maloney, GC’s Director and Country Manager for the UK, Ireland and South Africa, said:

“GC are honoured to partner with the College of General Dentistry and The Tom Bereznicki Charitable Educational Foundation to deliver this new prize for Foundation Dentists. GC have a proud history of delivering quality postgraduate education to the dental profession, and therefore we look forward to developing this partnership in the years to come.”

Dr Tom Bereznicki commented:

“I would like to thank the Trustees of The Tom Bereznicki Charitable Educational Foundation, the College of General Dentistry and GC in helping to get this exciting project off the ground. I would also like to thank my long-standing friend from my undergraduate days in Edinburgh, the recently knighted Sir Nairn Wilson, for agreeing to be the Patron of the charity. This inaugural competition is the first of what we hope will be many other competitions in the near future.”

Click the button below for further information about the award and links to guidance for entrants and the entry form.

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Managing medical emergencies in the dental practice – 18 May 2024

Saturday 18 May 2024, 4.15pm-5.00pm, Birmingham

Enhanced CPD Theatre, Hall 5, National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

This lecture offers delegates up-to-date knowledge in order to sustain life when a medical emergency occurs in general dental practice.

It will be delivered by Dr Sukhvinder Singh Atthi FCGDent, a lecturer in oral surgery at the University of Birmingham, and Tier II-accredited Oral Surgeon who treats nervous minor oral surgery patients with intravenous sedation. With 25 years’ experience working as an associate then principal dentist in general dental practice, he has also worked part-time in the Community Dental Service and spent part of his vocational training working in oral maxillofacial surgery units. He holds Master’s degrees in both Orthodontics and Oral Surgery, Postgraduate Certificates in Conscious Sedation, Leadership & Management and Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, the Diploma of Fellowship and Certificates in both Minor Oral Surgery and Dental Practice Appraisal from the FGDP(UK), and is qualified to ILM Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring in Management. He is a Fellow of the College of General Dentistry and Higher Education Academy, an experienced dental trainer, and has been a board member of CGDent West Midlands and its predecessor FGDP West Midlands Division since 2013.

Objective:

  • To enable the early recognition and management of deterioration in a patient that may become medically compromised during their dental treatment
  • To understand how to use mandatory drugs within an medical emergency

Learning outcomes:

  • Awareness and management of medical emergencies within dental practice
  • Review mandatory audit processes for drugs to use in medical emergencies
  • Knowledge of how to deal with an unconscious patient
  • Recognise and manage suspected sepsis

CPD:

  • 0.75 hours

GDC development outcomes:

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D

This lecture is free to attend for both members and non-members of the College, and is one of four College sessions at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2024 (BDCDS24), a two-day conference hosting over 200 CPD lectures, 400 exhibitors and 9,000 dental professionals.

College representatives will also be available throughout the conference at Stand Q01 to talk to delegates about our vision for the profession, the benefits of membership and fellowship, and to answer questions.

It is not possible to register for specific lectures in advance, but those wishing to attend will need to register for BDCDS24 either in advance or on the day – use the button below.

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Safeguarding in dentistry: principles and practice – 18 May 2024

Saturday 18 May 2024, 1.15pm-2.00pm, Birmingham

Enhanced CPD Theatre, Hall 5, National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

This lecture will be delivered by Preetee Hylton RDN, President-Elect of the British Association of Dental Nurses. The title is subject to final confirmation and further details will follow.

A full-time dental nurse and safeguarding lead at a private dental practice in London, Preetee is an Associate Examiner for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses and delivers the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice in Dental Nursing. She was a founding member and the Study Club Co-Director of the ITI UK & Ireland Dental Nurses community, and is a member of the editorial board of the Dental Nursing journal and an Associate Member of the College of General Dentistry.

CPD:

  • 0.75 hours

This lecture is free to attend for both members and non-members of the College, and is one of four College sessions at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2024 (BDCDS24), a two-day conference hosting over 200 CPD lectures, 400 exhibitors and 9,000 dental professionals.

College representatives will also be available throughout the conference at Stand Q01 to talk to delegates about our vision for the profession, the benefits of membership and fellowship, and to answer questions.

It is not possible to register for specific lectures in advance, but those wishing to attend will need to register for BDCDS24 either in advance or on the day – use the button below.

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Complaints – how to deal with them and how not to stress about them

Friday 17 May 2024, 4.15-5.00pm, Birmingham

Enhanced CPD Theatre, Hall 5, National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

Aimed at all members of the dental team, this lecture will discuss how best to manage complaints occurring in general dental practice.

It will be delivered by Helen Kaney FCGDent, a dually qualified dentist and solicitor, and Dental Advisor with the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland. Helen qualified BDS from Glasgow University in 1987 and spent many years in general dental practice as well as working as a clinical assistant in conservative dentistry and prosthodontics at Glasgow Dental Hospital and at Guy’s Hospital in London. She developed an interest in law and ethics early in her career and studied law, obtaining an LLB, and then trained and worked as a solicitor for several years, acting for doctors and dentists in clinical negligence claims, regulatory matters and Fatal Accident Inquiries (Coroner’s Inquests) on the instructions of UK indemnity providers. She has significant experience in advising and assisting dentists in the UK and Ireland and in several international jurisdictions, and spent 14 years at Dental Protection as a Dentolegal and Senior Dentolegal Adviser and latterly as Medico and Dentolegal Services Team Lead and Head of Dental Services, Scotland. An elected member of the College Council, she completed an MBA at Strathclyde Business School in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.

Objective:

  • At the end of the session, attendees will understand how best to manage complaints occurring in general dental practice

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand key stages of the complaint handling process
  • Understand how early intervention can help to avoid unnecessary escalation of a complaint
  • Appreciate the differing requirements for responding to verbal and written complaints
  • Understand the importance of self-care when in receipt of a complaint

CPD:

  • 0.75 hours

GDC development outcomes:

  • A

This lecture is free to attend for both members and non-members of the College, and is one of four College sessions at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2024 (BDCDS24), a two-day conference hosting over 200 CPD lectures, 400 exhibitors and 9,000 dental professionals.

College representatives will also be available throughout the conference at Stand Q01 to talk to delegates about our vision for the profession, the benefits of membership and fellowship, and to answer questions.

It is not possible to register for specific lectures in advance, but those wishing to attend will need to register for BDCDS24 either in advance or on the day – use the button below.

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Record-keeping in the real world of general dental practice – 17 May 2024

Friday 17 May 2024, 3.15-4.00pm, Birmingham

Enhanced CPD Theatre, Hall 5, National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

This lecture will discuss the importance of comprehensive and accurate record-keeping, and why it is fundamental for good clinical practice and essential for delivering quality patient care.

It will be delivered by Dr George Wright FCGDent, Deputy Dental Director at Dental Protection. Dr Wright graduated with honours from the University of Sheffield and after completion of Foundation Training, moved into general practice working in the NHS. Previously he was Deputy Chairman of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Local Dental Committee, Training Programme Director for Performer List Validation by Experience in Yorkshire and the Humber, President of the South Yorkshire Branch of the BDA, Chairman of the BDA’s Associate Group, Foundation Trainer with the South Yorkshire Deanery and Chief Examiner at the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. He is also a Magistrate in the Adult Criminal Court. He joined Dental Protection in 2016, and in 2022 was appointed to the non-executive board of The MPS Foundation, a global not-for-profit research initiative, dedicated to shaping the future of patient safety and enhancing the wellbeing of healthcare professionals and teams.

Objective:

  • At the end of the session attendees will have an understanding of the current guidance and best practice for dental record-keeping

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what constitutes effective record-keeping in dentistry
  • Understand the dento-legal issues that can arise when storing, sharing and disposing of patient records

CPD:

  • 0.75 hours

GDC development outcomes:

  • A
  • D

This lecture is free to attend for both members and non-members of the College, and is one of four College sessions at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2024 (BDCDS24), a two-day conference hosting over 200 CPD lectures, 400 exhibitors and 9,000 dental professionals.

College representatives will also be available throughout the conference at Stand Q01 to talk to delegates about our vision for the profession, the benefits of membership and fellowship, and to answer questions.

It is not possible to register for specific lectures in advance, but those wishing to attend will need to register for BDCDS24 either in advance or on the day – use the button below.

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British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show – 17 & 18 May 2024

Friday-Saturday 17-18 May 2024, 9.00am – 5.30pm, Birmingham

Hall 5, National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

The College is a key education partner for the British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show (BDCDS), hosting four lectures in the Enhanced CPD Theatre during the two-day conference.

Members and non-members alike are welcome to the College’s sessions, in which experts in their fields will share their knowledge and give advice on a range of subjects encompassing clinical dentistry and professionalism. Lectures include:

Friday 17 May:

Saturday 18 May:

College representatives will also be available throughout the conference at Stand Q01 to talk to delegates about our vision for the profession, the benefits of membership and fellowship, and to answer questions.

BDCDS is the UK’s largest dental event, bringing together the whole dental team with 9,000 dental professionals gathering under one roof.

FREE to attend for all registered dental professionals, attendees can expect 200 CPD lectures across 11 theatres. Co-located with Dental Technology Showcase, it is also a great opportunity to meet new and existing suppliers, with 400 exhibitors on site, including all the industry leaders.

It is not possible to register in advance for specific lectures, but those wishing to attend will need to register for BDCDS24  – use the button below.

Managing medically compromised patients and hands-on suturing

Tuesday 5 March 2024, 6.30pm, Solihull

CGDent Midlands Peer Review & Pizza

This peer review session on managing medically compromised patients and hands-on suturing is part of the CGDent Midlands Peer Review & Pizza series, which aims to share expertise, experience and knowledge as well as encouraging discussion on a diverse range of topics within dentistry. Sessions take place every two months and pizza is provided.

The case-based discussion is limited to 12 people so sign up to avoid missing out! This is an opportunity to bring your most difficult cases and learn tips and tricks on how to better manage them in the future. We will ask you to provide some details of a challenging extraction case or where you have managed a medically compromised patient, to facilitate discussion.

The guest moderator is Dr Sukhi Atthi FCGDent. Dr Atthi is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and a Tier II Oral Surgeon for North Midlands, with special interests in Sedation, MOS and Orthodontics. He will be available to help discuss and treatment plan those cases that you may want advice on. You will be not only developing your practice but also providing the best care to your patients.

This peer review series is open to students, Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Dentists.

Date/Time:

Tuesday 5 March 2024, 6.30pm

Venue:

Solihull Dental Centre & Implant Clinic
Doubleday House
29 High Street
Solihull
B91 3SJ

Fee:

  • Current member of the College of General Dentistry: FREE
  • Non-member: £20

2 CPD hours per session

If you have any questions or queries, please contact [email protected]

Once you have submitted the registration form by clicking on the button above, please also email [email protected] with the following details:

  • Date of your GDC Registration
  • Name and address of your current practice

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Paediatric dentistry

Tuesday 6 February 2024, 6.30pm, Solihull

This Study Club session is postponed. The next session takes place on Tuesday 5 March at 6.30pm, on the topic of managing medically compromised patients.

CGDent Midlands Study Club for Early Career GDPs

This study session on paediatric dentistry is part of the CGDent Midlands study club for Early Career GDPs, which aims to share expertise, experience and knowledge as well as encouraging discussion on a diverse range of topics within dentistry. Sessions take place every two months.

Deter, defer, silver and refer – The GDP’s tool kit for managing the paediatric patient 

In this session, we will highlight the importance of the GDP in the management of the paediatric patient. We will look at common clinical presentation such as caries and MIH, discussing the GDPs role in their management and when to refer. 

Speaker: Dr Laura Warrilow

Laura qualified from Bristol university in 2016. Since then she has worked in a variety of roles before beginning specialist training in paediatric dentistry in 2019. She successfully completed her royal college exams in 2022 and began working as a specialist in Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust. She is particularly passionate about the care of special needs and medically compromised patients. 

The session is limited to 12 people so sign up to avoid missing out!

The study club is open to GDPs who have completed Foundation Training or PLVE between 2017-2022.

Date/Time:

Tuesday 6 February 2024, 6.30pm

Venue:

Solihull Dental Centre & Implant Clinic
Doubleday House
29 High Street
Solihull
B91 3SJ

Fee:

  • Current member of the College of General Dentistry: FREE
  • Non-member: £20

2 CPD hours per session

If you have any questions or queries, please contact [email protected]

Once you have submitted the registration form by clicking on the button above, please also email [email protected] with the following details:

  • Date of your GDC Registration.
  • Date of completing your Foundation Training / PVLE (specify).
  • Name and address of your current practice

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CPD submission reminder

Dentist members practising in the UK are reminded that Sunday 28 January 2024 is the deadline to submit your annual CPD statement detailing professional development activity undertaken between 1 January and 31 December 2023.

Delegates at the CGDent Scotland Study Day, December 2022

The General Dental Council requires dentists to complete a minimum of 100 hours of verifiable CPD every five years, including at least 10 hours during any two-year period, and to submit an annual CPD statement whether or not you have undertaken any CPD in the preceding 12 months.

Members can gain CPD hours through the College’s study days, events and courses.

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CGDent education partnership with Dentistry Show London

The College will be the headline education partner for the Enhanced CPD Theatre at Dentistry Show London 2023.

CGDent speakers at Dentistry Show London 2023, clockwise from bottom left: Paul Batchelor, Abhi Pal, Tim Newton, Sukhvinder Singh Atthi, George Wright

The Enhanced CPD Theatre will feature 14 lectures over the two-day conference, with experts in their fields sharing their extensive knowledge, and offering practical advice, on an array of important CPD areas. All lectures will be free of charge for both members and non-members of the College. Five of these lectures will be delivered on behalf of the College:

Sustainability in dentistry and healthcare

Friday 6 October, 9.15am – 10.00am

Professor Paul Batchelor BDS, DDPH, Dip. FFGDP(UK), MCDH, PhD, FCGDent, FDS (RCS Eng.), FFPH; Honorary Clinical Professor, University of Central Lancashire; Honorary Lecturer, University College London; Associate and Dental Group Chair, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Record-keeping in the real world of general dental practice

Friday 6 October, 1.15pm – 2.00pm

Dr Abhi Pal BDS, MGDS RCSI, Dip. FFGDP(UK), FDS (RCPS Glasg.), FCGDent; President of the College of General Dentistry; General Dental Practitioner; independent dental expert witness

The mental health and well being of dental staff

Saturday 7 October, 9.15am – 10.00am

Professor Tim Newton CPsychol, AFBPS; Professor of Psychology as Applied to Dentistry, King’s College London; Honorary Consultant Health Psychologist, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Managing medical emergencies in the dental practice

Saturday 7 October, 2.00pm – 2.45pm

Dr Sukhvinder Singh Atthi BDS, Dip. MFDS (RCS Ed.), PgCert/s , Dip. FFGDP(UK), MSc Oral Surgery, MSc Orthodontics, FCGDent, FHEA, ILM; Lecturer in oral surgery, University of Birmingham; Tier II-accredited oral surgeon 

Complaints handling: a step-by-step approach

Saturday 7 October, 4.30pm – 5.15pm

Dr George Wright BDS, Dip. MJDF, PgDip (DLE), ACIArb, Cert CII (Claims), FFFLM, MCGDent, MDTFEd; Deputy Dental Director, Dental Protection; Chief Examiner, Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians

Full details of all the College lectures are available via the above links, and details of the full programme for the Enhanced CPD Theatre and other theatres are available here.

College representatives will also be available throughout the conference at Stand G52 to talk to attendees about all aspects of membership, fellowship and the College’s vision for the profession.

It is not possible to register for any specific lecture in advance, however those wishing to attend will need to register for Dentistry Show London 2023, which is free for all dental professionals. Conference attendees will have access to over 100 CPD lectures in all, as well as 180 exhibiting suppliers, and the opportunity to network with over 3,000 dentists, practice managers, hygienists and therapists, dental nurses, technicians and laboratory owners.

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