BDA study day proves to be a success

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BDA study day proves to be a success

Dr Henrietta Hughes, the National Guardian for the NHS, was one of the speakers on hand at the BDA's study day last week. (Photograph: National Guardian Office)

Thu. 14 February 2019


LONDON, UK: More than 60 dental professionals, including dental core trainees and specialist registrars, were brought together last week at the British Dental Association’s (BDA) offices in London for a hospital and dental service study day.

Dr Henrietta Hughes, the National Guardian for the NHS, presented the work that she and her team undertake at the National Guardian’s Office. Hughes’ post, which was established in response to the Stafford Hospital scandal of the late 2000s, involves reviewing the handling of concerns raised by NHS workers, providing support for locally appointed guardians and advising organisations in situations where they have failed to follow the correct procedures.

Peter Gordon, the head of Pay and Contracts at the British Medical Association, was also on hand to update attendees on developments regarding hospital doctors’ salaries and contracts as well as the current contractual negotiations for consultants. In addition, Dr Suk Ng, a consultant in dental and maxillofacial radiology, who recently developed a new programme on cone beam computed tomography imaging at King’s College London, shared her expertise on the clinical applications of this technology, along with her incidental findings.

Dr Stephen Hancock, the BDA’s editor in chief, and David Westgarth, editor of British Dental Journal in Practice, also shared their tips with aspiring researchers in the audience on how to get their papers published in the British Dental Journal. Given the study day’s focus on continuing professional development, poster competitions for different specialities were also held.

“It was great to see so many new faces at the BDA’s study day. The high calibre of entries in our poster competition on a wide range of audit or research was also impressive,” said Dr Peter Dyer, chair of the BDA’s Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services.

“Our union has long highlighted the need to tackle the blame culture in NHS, which has destroyed too many dedicated health professionals’ lives. So, it was heartening to hear how the National Guardian’s office is supporting whistle-blowers whose concerns have been ignored locally. There is clearly more work to be done, but it was encouraging to hear Dr Hughes’ willingness to engage with the BDA on behalf of the dental profession,” he explained.

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