BSPD membership open to all GDC registrants who are interested in oral health of children

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry has voted to make full membership of the Society open to all GDC registrants who are interested in furthering children’s oral health

The decision was taken in recognition of the crucial role that all members of the dental team have in the care of patients aged 0-16.

Previously, full membership of the BSPD has been restricted to dentists.

Anyone in the profession interested in the oral health of children who wasn’t a dentist could belong to the Society, but as an associate member only.

All the benefits of full membership

With immediate effect, all GDC registrants who join the society will be able to enjoy the benefits of full membership.

Clare Ledingham (pictured), BSPD honorary secretary, who has led the consultation on the change to the constitution, commented: ‘BSPD is delighted that, at the recent AGM, the membership voted overwhelmingly in favour of a constitutional change allowing all GDC registered dental team members to become full members of the Society.

‘We look forward to seeing our membership profile evolve to reflect the evolution in skill mix in our specialty and to provide timely recognition of the valued contribution to children’s oral health made by all registered members of the dental team.’

The vote to change the constitution was taken at the Society’s Annual Conference in September.

‘A significant move’

Liz Roebuck, the previous BSPD president expressed her delight that such a significant move had been made.

‘Not only did it reflect the changes which had taken place within the dental team over recent years, the decision also acknowledged the vital partnership the society had with non-dental colleagues such as those within industry and the allied health professions, to name just two, in promoting the oral health of children and their wellbeing as a whole,’ she said.

The revised membership fee structure reflecting these changes will come into effect on 1st September 2020.