Dr Ben Atkins BDS



Dr Ben Atkins BDS

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Dentistry Show 2016

26th April 2016

Dentistry Show 2016 and ‘The Next Five Years In Dentistry’

Dentistry show 2016 no 2

The annual Dentistry Show is one of the Industry’s most important event and informative events. And the 2016 event, held on Friday and Saturday of last week (22nd / 23rd April), proved to be no exception. Especially relevant, a two-day lecture programmes dedicated to each field in dentistry. Also an array of hands-on workshops, in addition to live clinical demonstrations by the experts. Not to mention a 400-strong trade show!

So, I had the pleasure of Chairing this year’s Industry Debate, sponsored by the Oral Health Foundation. It was entitled “The Next Five Years in Dentistry”. In addition, we had a first class panel of speakers comprising: –

Dr Eddie Coyle BDS Cert Practice Appraisal RCS (Eng.) – Head of Clinical Operations and Commissioning, Oasis,

First of all, Eddie discussed the future direction of Oasis Dental Care, and their commitment to patient centred practice development.

Roger Matthews MA BDS FFGDP (UK) FDSRCS (Edin.) – Chief Dental Officer, Denplan.

Since Roger retires this week it could have been his final public appearance. A fantastic dentist passionate about patient care and the way Denplan fits into dental care as a whole.

Dr Steve Preddy – Bupa UK.

Also a dentist at heart, Steve demonstrated where BUPA is going locally (in the UK) and internationally.

Stephen Henderson – Dental Protection.

Stephen, discussed the GDC (general dental council), litigation and how this will develop over the next few years.

Sandra White – Public Health England.

Due to great interest, Sandra, spoke about the future for public health and the dental health of the nation.

John Milne – Care Quality Commission.

CQC is vital and John (one of my favourite political figures within dentistry), leads the dental area of the CQC clinically. Most importantly, he gives advice to the CQC about what they should look out for in general practice.

Niki Boersma – President, Association of Dental Administrators and Managers.

Niki showed how important it is to develop your team within the dental practice.

Professor Avijit Banerjee – Chair in Cariology & Operative Dentistry; Hon. Consultant / Clinical Lead, Restorative Dentistry, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Programme Director, MSc Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry, King’s College London Dental Institute.

Finally, Avi, discussed clinical dentistry and that we will need to increase the preventative focus of general practice.

Especially relevant, when the forum opened up to some lively interaction from the floor, there was a good discussion regarding how industry can support the preventative approach of general practice. Janet Clarke – the Deputy Chief Dental Officer invited the panel to debate ‘treating the patient as a whole not just the teeth’.

In conclusion, an excellent session that appeared to be well received by the delegates.