Mentoring in implant dentistry – 16 March 2023

Live webinar, Thursday 16 March 2023, 7pm

Developed in conjunction with the Association of Dental Implantology, the Mentoring in Implant Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines were published by the College in 2022. The guidelines describe the nature of mentoring which should be undertaken in order to safely carry out implant dentistry following completion of an appropriate training course.

This webinar will help both mentors and mentees in Implant Dentistry understand what the new guidelines are and why they were developed, and it will provide an insight into what is expected from each other during the mentoring process.

GDC development outcomes: B D

CPD approx. 1.5 hours

The webinar is free to view live for all dental professionals.

This webinar is powered by our CPD delivery partner, ProDental CPDCGDent members and ProDental subscribers will have free access to the recorded webinar and can claim CPD hours for free.  A £20 fee will apply for non-members/non-subscribers who wish to claim CPD.

Membership of the College of General Dentistry is open to all registered dental professionals. Membership for dentists is available from £94, and for other registered dental professionals from £33. The full list of CGDent membership rates is at https://cgdent.uk/membership-fees/

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Education partnership with Dentistry Show London

The College will be the headline education partner for the Clinical Excellence Theatre at Dentistry Show London 2022, hosting nine seminars in three CPD theatres over the two-day conference.

CGDent speakers: top row: Jalpesh Patel, Kevin Lewis, Jason Wong, Wendy Thompson; bottom row: Tim Newton, Jacqui Elsden, Pynadath George, Abhi Pal

The College will be welcoming members and non-members alike to its sessions, with eight experts in their fields sharing their knowledge and giving advice on an array of subjects encompassing clinical dentistry, professionalism and career support:

  • Introduction to facial aesthetics and the current educational pathways
  • Duty of Candour: the legal and regulatory risk
  • Professionalism – a medico-legal perspective
  • Creating a positive patient safety culture in dentistry
  • Antimicrobial prescribing in dentistry
  • Mental health wellness in dentistry
  • Supporting staff through menopause (co-hosted with the BADN)
  • Mentoring in implant dentistry: good practice guidelines
  • Record-keeping in the real world of general dental practice

College representatives will also be available throughout the conference at Stand F58 to talk to delegates about the College, its vision for the profession and the benefits of membership, and to answer questions.

Conference registration is free, and delegates will have access to over 100 seminars in all across 6 lecture theatres, as well as over 180 exhibiting suppliers, and the opportunity to network with thousands of dentists, practice managers, hygienists and therapists, dental nurses, technicians and laboratory owners.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Meta-analysis and their appraisal – 7 December 2022

Live webinar, Wednesday 7 December 2022, 1pm

This lunch and learn webinar is the third in the College’s Research and Critical Appraisal of Evidence series of webinars.

This third webinar will outline the main elements and key stages of meta-analysis and how to appraise them. We will examine heterogeneity and its causes, consider the interpretation of a forest plot and look at appraisal checklists.

Speakers:

  • Derek Richards, Specialist in Dental Public Health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Dr Mark-Steven Howe, General Dental Practitioner

Further webinars in this series:

GDC development outcomes: A C

This webinar is free to view live for all dental professionals.

This webinar is powered by our CPD delivery partner, ProDental CPDCGDent members and ProDental subscribers will have free access to the recorded webinar and can claim CPD hours for free.  A £20 fee will apply for non-members/non-subscribers who wish to claim CPD.

Membership of the College of General Dentistry is open to all registered dental professionals. Membership for dentists is available from £94, and for other registered dental professionals from £33. The full list of CGDent membership rates is at https://cgdent.uk/membership-fees/

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Statistics in the real world – 2 November 2022

Live webinar, Wednesday 2 November 2022, 1pm

This lunch and learn webinar is the second in the College’s Research and Critical Appraisal of Evidence series of webinars.

This second webinar will provide an overview of key statistical terms needed to support critical appraisal. We will explore statistical terms and their real-world interpretation and discuss the difference between statistically significant and clinically significant results.

Speakers:

  • Derek Richards, Specialist in Dental Public Health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Dr Mark-Steven Howe, General Dental Practitioner

Further webinars in this series:

GDC learning outcomes: A C

This webinar is free to view live for all dental professionals.

This webinar is powered by our CPD delivery partner, ProDental CPDCGDent members and ProDental subscribers will have free access to the recorded webinar and can claim CPD hours for free.  A £20 fee will apply for non-members/non-subscribers who wish to claim CPD.

Membership of the College of General Dentistry is open to all registered dental professionals. Membership for dentists is available from £94, and for other registered dental professionals from £33. The full list of CGDent membership rates is at https://cgdent.uk/membership-fees/

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College endorses menopause policy for dental employers

The College has endorsed the menopause policy and advice recently published by the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN).

In the UK, 99% of dental nurses, 96% of orthodontic therapists, 94% of dental hygienists,  92% of dental therapists, 52% of dentists and 27% of dental technicians are female – 78% of the regulated dental profession as a whole – and the policy outlines the challenges faced by menopausal women in the workplace and suggests ways in which employers can support menopausal employees. 

The Association is asking dental practices, laboratories and clinics to adopt the policy and implement it in their workplace, and is asking dental organisations to support it by encouraging its widespread adoption.

The College of General Dentistry, membership of which is open to all dental and oral health professionals, is the first organisation representing dentists to do so. The College is the independent professional body into which the Faculty of General Dental Practice transferred last year, and is the UK’s only medical college run by and for oral health professionals.

Abhi Pal, President of the College of General Dentistry, said:

“The BADN’s Menopause Policy is important, practical and succinct advice which helps dental professionals to better understand the menopause, to appreciate relevant employment law, and to implement a menopause policy in their practice.

Making appropriate adjustments for staff affected by the menopause is both a moral duty enabling committed and experienced colleagues to remain in valuable employment, and a legal duty not to discriminate on the grounds of gender, age or disability. Supportive dental practices and understanding employers will also find they benefit in return from improved staff retention and reduced sickness absence.

On behalf of the College, I congratulate the BADN on its publication, and am pleased to endorse it.”

The policy is also supported by the British Society of Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT), the British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT), the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA), the Dental Laboratories Association (DLA), the Dental Technologists’ Association (DTA), the Orthodontic National Group (ONG), and the British Veterinary Nurses’ Association (BVNA).

The publication is available on the BADN website here

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Dentistry Show London – 7-8 October 2022

Dentistry Show London

7-8 October 2022ExCel London, Halls N5-N8

The College will be the headline education partner for the Clinical Excellence Theatre at Dentistry Show London 2022, hosting nine seminars in three CPD theatres over the two-day conference.

The College will be welcoming members and non-members alike to its sessions, with experts in their fields sharing their knowledge and giving advice on an array of subjects encompassing clinical dentistry, professionalism and career support:

Introduction to facial aesthetics and the current educational pathways

Friday 7 October, 10.10am – 10.55am

Clinical Excellence Theatre

Dr Jalpesh Patel BDS (Hons), MJDF RCS Eng., MSc (Aes. Dent.), PG Cert (Aes. Med.), MCGDent; Programme Director, CGDent Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics; Founder & Tutor, RASA Academy

Duty of Candour: the legal and regulatory risk

Friday 7 October, 10.45am – 11.45am

Compliance Hub

Kevin Lewis BDS, Dip. FFGDP(UK), FDS RCS (Eng.), FCGDent; Trustee of the College of General Dentistry; Special Consultant to the BDA & BDA Indemnity

Professionalism – a medico-legal perspective

Friday 7 October, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Compliance Hub

Kevin Lewis BDS, Dip. FFGDP(UK), FDS RCS (Eng.), FCGDent; Trustee of the College of General Dentistry; Special Consultant to the BDA & BDA Indemnity

Creating a positive patient safety culture in dentistry

Friday 7 October, 2.15pm – 3.00pm

Enhanced CPD Theatre

Dr Jason Wong MBE, BDS, DPDS, FCGDent; Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England; General Dental Practitioner, Grantham

Antimicrobial prescribing in dentistry

Saturday 8 October, 10.45am – 11.45am

Compliance Hub

Dr Wendy Thompson BSc, BDS, Dip. MFGDP(UK), PhD, FCGDent, FHEA, FICD; College of General Dentistry lead on antimicrobial stewardship; Chair of the FDI-World Dental Federation working group on antibiotics

Mental health wellness in dentistry

Saturday 8 October, 12.15pm – 1.00pm

Enhanced CPD Theatre

Prof 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

Menopause policy – supporting staff through menopause (co-hosted with the British Association of Dental Nurses)

Saturday 8 October, 2.15pm – 3.00pm

Enhanced CPD Theatre

Jacqui Elsden RDN, MSc, FBADN; President of the British Association of Dental Nurses; former DCP Lead for Dental Nurses, HEE London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Mentoring in implant dentistry: good practice guidelines

Saturday 8 October, 2.45pm – 3.30pm

Clinical Excellence Theatre

Dr Pynadath George BDS, MFDS RCPS, MSc Rest. Dent., MSc Imp. Dent.; Co-Editor, Mentoring in Implant Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines (CGDent); Treasurer of the Association of Dental Implantology

Record-keeping in the real world of general dental practice

Saturday 8 October, 3.15pm – 4.15pm

Compliance Hub

Dr Abhi Pal BDS, MGDSRCS, Dip. FFGDP(UK), FDSRCPS(Glasg.), FCGDent; President of the College of General Dentistry; General Dental Practitioner, Edgbaston; independent dental expert witness

College representatives will also be available throughout the conference at Stand F58 to talk to delegates about its vision for the profession, the benefits of membership, and to answer questions.

Conference registration is free, and delegates will have access to over 100 seminars in all across 6 lecture theatres, as well as over 180 exhibiting suppliers, and the opportunity to network with thousands of dentists, practice managers, hygienists and therapists, dental nurses, technicians and laboratory owners.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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College publishes new national guidelines on implant dentistry mentoring

The College of General Dentistry has published new guidelines on mentoring in implant dentistry.

Mentoring in Implant Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines describes the nature of mentoring which should be undertaken in order to safely carry out implant dentistry following completion of an appropriate training course, including:

  • the experience, skills and qualities expected of a mentor
  • the experience, skills and qualities expected of a mentee
  • the mentoring process
  • the mentoring agreement

Providing practical help to mentors and mentees, it also sets out the component parts of three recommended means of work-based assessment during the mentoring process: Case-Based Discussion, Direct Observation of Procedural Skills and Clinical Evaluation Exercise.

Designed to support educators and students, and to promote patient safety, the new document complements Training Standards in Implant Dentistry. Developed by the former Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP) and now published by the College, this has defined the accepted standards of training in implant dentistry in the UK since 2005, and includes a requirement to have an experienced clinician acting as a mentor. However, this requirement has not previously been expounded upon, and the publication of Mentoring in Implant Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines seeks to address this.

The College of General Dentistry – intended Royal College – is the independent professional body into which the FGDP transferred upon its separation from the Royal College of Surgeons of England last year. Building on the legacy of the Faculty, it is the UK’s only medical college run by and for oral health professionals, and is unique in welcoming all dental and oral health professionals with relevant postgraduate qualifications into full membership.

The new guidelines are the result of a collaboration between the College and the Association of Dental Implantology, and were developed by a joint working group. Their publication follows consultation with over 30 organisations and individuals with interests and expertise in the field, and they have been endorsed by the Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the British Association of Oral Surgeons, the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation, and the UK and Ireland sections of the International Team for Implantology and the Platform for Exchange of Experience, Research and Science.

The document is the College’s first new standards publication since its formal launch last year, and is available to view online free of charge, alongside its COVID-19 guidance and all of the guidance and standards documents of the former FGDP.

College members can also download the publication for personal use, and have access to search, text-select and print functionality. Membership is available from £94 per year for dentists, and from £33 for all other dental professionals.

Dr Abhi Pal, President of the College of General Dentistry and Co-Editor of the new guidelines, said:

“The publication of Mentoring in Implant Dentistry befits our mission to empower dental professionals to deliver high standards of care, and I am delighted that the College is building on the legacy of the FGDP in supporting practitioners to develop their clinical skills in this significant and evolving field of practice. The guidelines will act as an important adjunct to Training Standards in Implant Dentistry, and I would like to express my thanks to all those involved in their development.”

Click here to view Mentoring in Implant Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines

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CGDent endorses updated guidance on anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs

The College of General Dentistry has endorsed newly updated guidance on anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs from the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme.

The second edition of Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs provides clear and practical recommendations and advice to enable the dental team to assess bleeding risk, and to plan and deliver treatment to dental patients taking various types of anticoagulant and antiplatelet medication.  

The guidance has been updated following a thorough review of the evidence, and following consultation with dental organisations including the College of General Dentistry. While most of the recommendations remain unchanged from the original 2015 edition, changes include the addition of advice on the direct oral anticoagulant Edoxaban, and on patients taking low molecular weight heparin.

The full guidance document, together with a quick reference guide and a series of pre-and-post-treatment information leaflets for patients, can be downloaded at https://www.sdcep.org.uk/published-guidance/anticoagulants-and-antiplatelets

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Dementia-friendly dentistry

Recorded webinarThursday 19 May 2022

Part of our ‘Talking Standards’ series, which sets out to examine areas covered by our evidence-based standards and guidance, this webinar explores Dementia-Friendly Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines 

The recorded webinar is free to view for CGDent members and ProDental subscribers who can also can claim CPD hours for free.  A £20 fee will apply for non-members/non-subscribers.

We examine the evolving epidemiology of dementia and the changing demography within the UK population and the issues these raise for care provision. We explore how the dental team can ensure that it best meets the likely care needs of this segment of the population.

Speakers (TBC):

  • Paul Batchelor, Editor, Dementia-Friendly Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines 
  • Dr James P Wise, Dentist, Special interest in the care of the elderly and medically compromised patient

This webinar is powered by our CPD delivery partner, ProDental CPD.

Membership of the College of General Dentistry is open to all registered dental professionals. Membership for dentists is available from £94, and for other registered dental professionals from £33. The full list of CGDent membership rates is at https://cgdent.uk/membership-fees/

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How to read a paper properly – 28 September 2022

Live webinar, Wednesday 28 September 2022, 1pm

This lunch and learn webinar is the first in the College’s Research and Critical Appraisal of Evidence series of webinars.

The aim of this first webinar is to help you understand how to critically appraise a research paper. Our expert speakers Derek Richards and Dr Mark-Steven Howe, will look at the major types of study design and the main biases that might affect its validity. The need for critical appraisal of research evidence will also be discussed and the speakers will provide an overview of the range of appraisal tools.

Speakers:

  • Derek Richards, Specialist in Dental Public Health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Dr Mark-Steven Howe, General Dental Practitioner

Further webinars in this series:

GDC learning outcomes: A C

This webinar is free to view live for all dental professionals.

This webinar is powered by our CPD delivery partner, ProDental CPDCGDent members and ProDental subscribers will have free access to the recorded webinar and can claim CPD hours for free.  A £20 fee will apply for non-members/non-subscribers who wish to claim CPD.

Membership of the College of General Dentistry is open to all registered dental professionals. Membership for dentists is available from £94, and for other registered dental professionals from £33. The full list of CGDent membership rates is at https://cgdent.uk/membership-fees/

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