Record numbers attend dental nurse conference

The recent dental nursing conference has been hailed a great success with record numbers of delegates attending.

The 2009 National Dental Nursing Conference, which was held at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel near Cheltenham 23-24 October 2009 was the biggest and most successful to date.

A record number of delegates attended the Conference – sponsored by the British Dental Trade Association, NHS Direct and Philips Sonicare – to see outgoing president Angie McBain hand over the chain of office to Sue Bruckel who became BADN’s 2009-2011 president at the opening ceremony.

The keynote speaker was GDC president Hew Mathewson.

The lecture programme, which offered up to 7 hours of verifiable CPD, covered cross infection control, introducing preventive practice, law and ethics, back care for dental nurses, risk assessment, prosthetics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, implants,  medical emergencies and resuscitation, the new BSC for DCPs, forensic dentistry and accessibility for people with learning disabilities.  Delegates were able to choose which presentations they wished to attend in advance, through BADN®’s new CVENT on line registration facility.

Speakers were provided by Schuelke, Colgate, WR Berkley, the British Chiropractic Association, Nobel Biocare, Philips Sonicare, the University of Kent, Gloucestershire PCT and the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

Outside the lecture theatre, delegates were able to talk to representatives of NHS Direct, the General Dental Council and Parliament Hill, providers of the BADN Benefits Scheme.

At lunch, delegates were  treated to a selection of specially chosen British cheeses, courtesy of the British Cheese Board.

Master of ceremonies at the presidential dinner was Peterborough GDP Martin Fallowfield.

Entertainment was provided by swing tribute act Swing Thru a Lens, whose repertoire of rat pack classics and modern swing favourites proved to be a big hit with delegates!

At the closing ceremony, sponsored by Philips Sonicare, president Sue Bruckel presented four new BADN fellows with their certificates, introduced new members and first time delegates, congratulated delegates on recent qualifications and achievements, and presented a wedding present from BADN council to newly married chairman of the BADN national education group, Samantha Ball.

Next year’s National Dental Nursing Conference will be held at the Blackpool Hilton on 26 and 27 November 2010.


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President Sue Bruckel (right) presents new BADN fellow Anne Hewitt with her certificate…



Jackie Gazzard with her certificate…



Val Davis with hers…


..and Wendy McCormack with hers

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