Change was a major theme at a dental careers convention in London earlier this month.
This year’s ‘Career Opportunities in UK Dentistry’ conference and exhibition was organised by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and the British Dental Association.
Several hundred newly qualified dentists attended the event to benefit from the knowledge and insight of expert speakers on subjects ranging from clinical leadership and studying abroad to orthodontics and academia.
The morning plenary session at the Hotel Russell was well attended, where delegates heard Lord Howe, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department of Health, give his thoughts on the challenges faced by the dental profession today, including the importance of tackling inequalities in health and improving access for children to NHS dentistry.
This was followed by a welcome from Professor Andrew Eder, director of education and CPD at the Eastman, and a lively panel debate featuring Judith Husband, vice chair of the BDA executive board, Barry Cockcroft, chief dental officer for England, Alison Lockyer, chair of the General Dental Council, Professor Stephen Porter, director of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Susie Sanderson, chair of the BDA Executive Board.
The exhibition area neighbouring the conference halls was also of great interest to attendees who took the opportunity to speak to dental employers and education providers for career guidance.
The organisers were especially grateful to all the sponsors and, in particular, to Philips Sonicare as the main sponsor.
Now in its 11th year, the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and BDA Careers’ Day provided newly qualified dentists with an inspiring educational programme, highlighting a wide range of challenging opportunities and helping encourage a sense of cohesion among members of the profession.
For more information on next year’s Careers’ Day meeting (which will be held in Central London on Friday 3 February 2012), contact UCL Eastman Dental Institute on 020 7905 1248 (email [email protected]) or the BDA events team on 020 7563 4590 (email [email protected]).