Dental hygienists and therapists: moving forward in 2016

shutterstock_206744158UCL Eastman Dental Institute lets you know about who’s lecturing and some of its upcoming CPD courses.

Dental hygienists and therapists work in all sectors of dentistry and with the advent of direct access it is important to keep skills and knowledge up to date. CPD is an invaluable tool that contributes to professional development and boosts practical skills, while also enhancing career options. It is imperative that any CPD activity is relevant to your working environment, your professional needs and your goals for the future.

As one of Europe’s leading postgraduate dental centres, UCL Eastman Dental Institute is committed to fulfilling the educational needs of all dental practitioners. In 2016, we will be running a new set of courses tailored especially for dental hygienists and therapists, run in collaboration with the British Association of Dental Therapists. In order to reflect the wide range of career avenues available, there are lecture-based courses, hands-on courses and extended-duties courses covering periodontal management, composites, radiography, trauma and much more.

The courses are run by highly regarded dental practitioners in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Lecturers include

Dr Chris Louca is the deputy director of Eastman CPD and programme director MSc in restorative dental practice. Chris has extensive experience of teaching, supervising and examining. He was awarded bachelor of dental surgery – dentistry in 1988 and a doctor of philosophy – neurophysiology in 2001.

Dr Neil Nathwani graduated from Guy’s Hospital. He was awarded the prestigious masters in clinical dentistry (prosthodontics) with a distinction from Kings College London. Following completion of his MclinDent in fixed and removable prosthodontics and MPros RCS, Neil was recognised by the General Dental Council as a specialist in prosthodontics. He is the deputy programme director of the restorative dental practice postgraduate certificate programme at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Neil is joining Chris to teach a course on composites for dental hygienists and therapists.

Donna Schembri is a hygienist with over 20 years’ experience, working clinically between two practices that both place implants. Trained as a professional dental mentor and one of only a few DCPs to hold the postgraduate certificate in mentoring in dentistry from the FGDP(RCS), Donna is trained to offer support and coaching to dental professionals at any stage in their careers.

A key opinion leader on professional care for various companies, she lectures on hygiene and therapy related topics including implant care, clinical techniques, team working and personal development. Donna recently presented at both the Dentistry Show and Europerio8. Donna is teaching implant maintenance for dental hygienists and therapists.

Peter Fine has been in general dental practice for 40 years. In the last five years he has also enjoyed a part-time teaching post at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Peter’s interest in all things sporting led to being appointed director of the sports dentistry programme at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, department of CPD, where he teaches a bespoke course on sports trauma, dietary influences on athletes, the impact of oral health on sporting performance and the influence of drug use/abuse in sport. Peter is teaching dental trauma and first aid for teeth for dental hygienists and therapists.

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