More than 120 people attended the recent Dental Care Professionals Symposium at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff.
The Deanery's Dental section was represented by Kirstie Moons, who was also speaking at the event, Professor David Thomas, Kath Hayes, Sian Evans, Lynne O'Sullivan, Adam Porter and Kath Liddington. All speakers presented on topics relating to changes in dentistry that were relevant to the Dental team as a whole. The registration desk was used as an information point and each table was set up with appropriate literature from different sources. There were also representatives from two dental companies. It was the third year of holding the event at the Marriott as the facilities have been found to be excellent.
During the conference there was a ‘snowball fight’ where delegates wrote their suggestions for topics for next year’s 10th DCP Symposium on pieces of paper, scrunched them up and threw them across the room. The suggestions included oral cancer, paediatric dentistry, special care, periodontology, and many more. The feedback is now being reviewed and delegates' requests considered when planning next year’s event.
There was much positive feedback following the conference: 'I have taken a lot from this Symposium that will inform my practice as an educator’; ‘I gained knowledge of how to provide a better quality of patient care, and was provided with the tools to aid myself in keeping up a confident sense of wellbeing within the dental team’; ‘A very informative day with good interesting speakers covering a variety of topics’; ‘This is always an excellent study day to attend and I will definitely continue to recommend it to colleagues’.
Kath Hayes summed up the event by saying there are always lessons to be learned and to strive for continuous improvement rather than perfection.
Jamie is Director of the Welsh Medicines Resource Centre, now part of the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University.
Jamie studied Pharmacy at Cardiff and the early part of his career was spent as a clinical pharmacist in South Wales with twelve months in New Zealand.
Jamie's interests include the teaching of therapeutics and prescribing to healthcare professionals. Key areas of work include polypharmacy, medication errors and the application of Lean Thinking to healthcare. He completed an MBA specialising in Lean in 2011.Jamie also has a longstanding interest in influencing skills, prescriber behaviour and the impact of the pharmaceutical industry on prescribing, running regular courses, workshops and lectures for doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, medical and pharmacy students.
Kirstie qualified as a Dental Nurse in Cardiff Dental Hospital and went on to work as both a trained and senior Dental Nurse in the hospital before moving to a training role. Following this, Kirstie moved into the role of Dental Nurse Manager for the hospital where she led and modernised the Dental Nurse workforce. She followed this with a six month secondment as Directorate Manager for the Dental Hospital, then Directorate Manager for the Community Dental Service. In 2008 she took up the role she currently holds within the Wales Deanery overseeing postgraduate education for DCPs in Wales as the Associate Director for DCP Education.
Kirstie holds a seat representing DCPs on the Welsh Dental Committee and has been External Examiner for the Certificate of Higher Education in Dental Nursing and the Dental Development Programme in Science and Dental Therapy for Portsmouth University. Kirstie holds a PG Certificate in Education and a Diploma in Management. Kirstie is also the current Welsh Council registrant member on the General Dental Council.
A Cardiff graduate, Lesley began work as a house officer in the Cardiff Dental Hospital prior to entering NHS general dental practice as a Vocational Trainee (VT) and then seeking out a further VT year in the community dental service. She continued in the role of community dental officer for a couple of years before taking time out to travel.
On her return, Lesley entered NHS general practice, honed her trade and pursued postgraduate study. During this period she combined general dental practice with appointments in the Wales Deanery as a PDP tutor and at Cardiff University as clinical lecturer. As Lesley’s clinical skills and knowledge developed, her interests evolved and she worked wholly in private practice .
Lesley spent six years leading the Port Talbot teaching unit, where she brought together her varied experience to share with the foundation dentists. During this time Lesley formalised her interest in the legal aspects of medical practice and gained a Masters in Law at Cardiff University. Lesley is currently combining her role as Quality Improvement tutor with her role as a dento-legal advisor with the Dental Defence Union (DDU).
Jeff qualified as a dental technician in 1984 and holds specialist qualifications in prosthodontics and orthodontics. As a leading member of the Dental Technology teaching team he is responsible for delivery, assessment and administration for BSc (Hons) and MSc Dental Technology programmes. Since 2007, he has focused on investigating the use of web-based video conference technologies for delivery and assessment and became a University Teaching Fellow for his work in this area.
Jeff is a Senior Fellow and a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was a General Dental Council educational Inspector for the UK. Jeff is involved in the University's learning and teaching strategy for the School of Sport and Health Sciences,that includes the development of programmes including investigating Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.
Karen is an Organisational and Staff Development Manager within HR at Cardiff University and is Chair of the University Staff and Postgraduate LGBT+ Network, Enfys.
Through her role in HR, Karen manages a team that are responsible for employee engagement and equality, diversity and inclusion for staff across the University. Karen has worked with a range of organisations on equality, diversity and inclusion, including Dŵr Cymru, and is regularly asked to run sessions at conference workshops and sit on panel discussions.
Karen is driven by the firm belief that people are able to achieve the very best when they can be themselves in the workplace.
The Dental Postgraduate Department will be hosting its 9th Dental Care Professionals (DCP) Symposium on 18th May 2018 in the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff.
The annual symposium continues to attract large numbers of DCPs with its variety of high quality speakers, providing numerous topics relevant to the dental profession. This year’s theme is “Time for Change” and a number of speakers will discuss the impact of the ever-changing world of dentistry.
Karen Cooke will take delegates beyond equality legislation, identifying key elements that may be needed around change to ensure an inclusive working environment for all. Lesley Taylor will talk about the principles that underpin Personal Development Planning and its importance for the dental team. Jeff Lewis will discuss Higher Apprenticeships, a topic that will be of particular interest to Dental Technicians and Clinical Dental Technicians.
The event promises to be a day of informative and stimulating discussions, and will provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to meet and network with their colleagues from around Wales, exchange views and share best practice. The event's talks will emphasise the positive element of change, and post-evaluation of the event will help inform the organisers when it comes to planning next year’s Symposium.