The British Society of Periodontology (BSP) has announced that dental hygienists and dental therapists have been given full membership status.
This was agreed at the annual general meeting held on Friday 24 September 2010.
This will be automatically conferred on existing associate hygienist members and be offered to all new members at the point of application for membership of the Society.
A survey carried out earlier in the year – under the presidency of Professor Francis Hughes – showed the majority of hygienist members would welcome full membership status and the opportunity for greater involvement in the work of the Society.
There was considerable support shown by the membership present at the AGM for the role of the ddental hygienist/dental therapist within the BSP and the vote was carried by a large majority.
As full members, dental hygienists and therapists will have voting rights, which they did not have as associate members.
They will continue to benefit from reduced subscription rates both for annual membership and registration fees for scientific meetings.
It is hoped that these changes will encourage dental hygienist/dental therapist members of the BSP to play a full role in the activities of the Society.
For memebership details, visit www.bsperio.org.uk.