That’s according to the British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT), which has based the focus of its annual conference on the Office for National Statistics figures that predict more than one in 12 people in the UK will be over the age of 80 by 2039.
With the UK population projected to increase by 9.7 million over the next 25 years, the BADT’s themed 2016 conference – ‘Cradle to grey’– aims to increase awareness of the impact of age-related oral healthcare.
The association is welcoming delegates back to the city of Manchester for a second year running for the conference, taking place on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September.
The event offers 10.75 hours of verifiable CPD and brings together some highly regarded speakers who represent the arenas of academia and commerce as well as the dental profession who will deliver two days of ‘engaging and thought-provoking sessions’.
Delivering age-related care
Speakers include Professor Philip Preshaw, Professor of periodontology at Newcastle University, who will discuss periodontal disease and diabetes, Professor St John Crean, executive dean at UCLan, who will tackle the medical challenges in dental patients, and Shelagh Morris, of Allied Health Professions (AHP) medicines project lead at NHS England, who will enlighten delegates on prescribing rights.
There will also be a discussion on career pathways to delivering age-related oral care in the 21st century with Dr Eddie Coyle, of Oasis Dental Care, Dr Naiz Khan, clinical support manager with Mydentist and Professor Nicholas Taylor, dean of postgraduate dental education, Health Education England, North West, plus a presentation on the management of root caries by dental therapist Dave Bridges.
The presidential dinner will follow Friday’s plenary sessions, with the theory and hands-on practical skills sessions on Saturday with Professor Chris Deery, Dean at Sheffield University’s School of Clinical Dentistry, Claire McCarthy, programme lead/coordinator at Kings College, London and dental hygienist Shaun Howe.
BADT president-elect, Amanda Gallie, explained: ‘An increased understanding of age-appropriate interventions will improve patient outcomes to the benefit of us all. These statistics forecast a significant increase in the number of people living longer, a phenomenon that will affect the whole of the dental profession and it is important that dental therapists want to be at the forefront of adapting to meet the challenges.
‘We will be building on the success of the 2015 programme by offering practical hands on sessions on the Saturday to complement Friday’s plenary programme.’
The BADT conference takes place at the Doubletree by Hilton Piccadilly, Manchester and places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment and missing out on.
Early bird rates are available until 28 August and are:
- Members: £190 (presidential dinner £50)
- Newly qualified/student members: £150 (presidential dinner £50)
- Non-members: £220 (presidential dinner £60).
For further information and to make your secure payment, visit www.badt.org.uk or call 0161 665 5878.