Training day for dentists …

Date: Friday 10th October 2014
Left to right are dental postgraduate training day speakers Gary Bell, Jack Spedding, Paul Rowlands and Sally Walker.
Left to right are dental postgraduate training day speakers Gary Bell, Jack Spedding, Paul Rowlands and Sally Walker.

MORE dental practices across Cumbria are tapping into the latest industrytechniques, thanks to the continuing growth of a free postgraduate training day.

No fewer than 65 dental practitioners from Cumbria, Northumberland and the south of Scotland attended the event at Wetheral to share knowledge and develop their skills.

Guest speakers included the Dean of Newcastle Dental School, Jimmy Steele, aleading professor in oral health services research and preventive dentistry. Hispresentation included an insight into the new NHScontract for dentists and trends in oral health.

The postgraduate training day for local dentists is the brainchild of the owners of the Spedding Dental Clinic, Carlisle. Its purpose is to widen provision and develop local expertise in key dental services.

“The training day isdefinitely catching on, with the number of repeat and new delegates rising each year,” said Jack Spedding, from the dental clinic. “The event has grown tenfold since 2012.

“We’ve already had very positive feedback from the 65 who participated this year and we aim to build on this and make the event an annual fixture in the local postgraduate trainingcalendar.”

This year’s event also included sponsorship from 11 dental industry tradecompanies, allowing theirrepresentatives theopportunity to showcase the latest products and services and talk directly to dental practice owners.

More than 20 dentalpractices from across Cumbria were represented. Presentations coveredspecific areas of expertise, including oral surgery,complex extractions and root fillings, artificial tooth implants and orthodontics.

All the dentists delivering the training have completed courses leading to an extra postgraduate qualification in their chosen specialty. Mr. Spedding said: “Our aim is to raise standards of dental care across Cumbria by helping local practitioners develop specialties and attain new qualifications.

“We hope that thepostgraduate training day will be a catalyst for the wider provision of complex dental services for people in Cumbria.”