|Core before the crunch|
|Wednesday, 05 June 2013|
The 17th Conference for Dental Care Professionals took place on 2 March 2013
The theme for the meeting was ‘Core Before the Crunch’, which was chosen to reflect the rapidly approaching end of the first cycle of CPD for DCPs on 31 July 2013. The conference normally does include a GDC-recommended subject but this time, two areas were covered along with subjects relevant to the GDC Learning Outcomes of 2011.
Dental Dean, Professor Richard Ibbetson introduced Barbara Lamb, Specialist Radiographer, who provided an entertaining and informative update in radiography and quality assurance. Barbara acknowledged that this subject can be rather dry, but her presentation was certainly far from that, helped by her relaxed presentation style.
Next up, Neil Macbeth, Defence Dental Services Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, provided a patient’s journey through ‘The world of dental implants – a team approach’. This was a very relevant talk that concentrated on the multi-agency and multi-disciplinary approach to patient treatment. Mr Macbeth focused on service personnel who had been injured in both war and other situations. He emphasised that communication was key to a successful outcome for the patient, with the patient being at the centre of any decisions.
Infection control for the dental team was discussed by Christine Young, a general nurse specialising in infection control. Christine’s talk, which also covered dental laboratories, emphasised the important role that the whole team has in ensuring a safe practice environment, and reinforced the dangers of the many infectious agents that are a problem for all dental personnel.
Margaret Saunderson, Lead DCP for West of Scotland, covered the difficult subject of professionalism from the DCP perspective. She asked delegates if they had noticed a change in this, the first five years since registration for the majority of the DCP groups. She reminded the audience of the importance of maintaining standards and stressed that registration does add another dimension to the role of a DCP.
A thought-provoking presentation on supporting the ageing dentition was provided by Mhari Coxon, Senior Professional Relations Manager for Philips UK. She emphasised that age is only a number but, that as people were surviving for longer with their natural teeth, this presented challenges to the dental profession. She discussed the potential implications of the effects of Alzheimers’ disease on patients and their carers, emphasising the importance of maintaining a healthy oral cavity.
The GDC’s Denis Toppin completed the day’s programme. He provided an update on the GDC’s activities but concentrated on the various consultations that had been open recently. Of particular relevance to DCPs was the consultation on Direct Access and CPD. He suggested that the Francis Report will have implications for the dental profession, especially with the emergence of revalidation.
The Specialty Advisory Board is grateful to all of the speakers for giving up their time on a sunny Saturday in Edinburgh but also thanks Nicola Docherty and Brian Smith for arranging the programme. The SAB is also grateful to Claire Forrest and the College for their support of this event and looks forward to the Conference in 2014.