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Dear members Those of you who are not on social media will have missed that I have been video blogging the beginning of a very long journey to Singapore for an international conference. I have taken a week of unpaid leave from work and have a couple of days stop over. I am currently in Abu Dhabi half way to Singapore, those who know me will know how terrified I am of flying . So I am breaking up the outward journey but coming home it’s about 18 hours with a break of a just a few hours in Abu Dhabi again . This is the bit I’m dreading the most . The BADT team and I were very conscious not to use members money to fund this trip so we approached Acteon who have very generously sponsored the trip. They are tremendously supportive to us and want to work more with BADT and we have some exciting projects coming up . Yesterday, Madalyne Tucker, our industry liaison, drove all the way from Dubai on her only day off to meet with me to discuss our next conference. It is a 1 hr 45 mins drive to get to me , I thank her for her commitment to BADT even though she is living abroad at the moment. The conference and meeting I am attending is the International Oral Health Therapists Congress. The international council meeting is on Saturday. The International Association for Oral Health has recently been set up and BADT are very honoured to be invited to be one of the founding member nations. I am both thrilled and honoured that they invited BADT and I will continue to fly the flag and represent you the UK Dental Therapist and keep you all up dated . On a another note if you haven’t been receiving your quarterly journal, Dental Therapy Update, please can you let our admin team know . We have become aware of a few cases of the journal not being received and we would like to make sure we rectify this for anyone affected. Please email us at admin@badt.org or call 0161 665 5878 You will also have seen a lot of press recently regarding the Health and Social Care Select Committee. BADT, together with many other organisations has submitted an evidenced response to the government on this. I believe we are the only DCP organisation to do so. I recommend that you familiarise your self with the evidence, not just from BADT, as it’s so important to understand what is going on in the industry as a whole, and why NHS dentistry is in the state that it is . That’s it’s from me now. Will keep you updated. Deb McGovern President

Council meeting

Badt July council meeting has seen some great ideas and enthusiasm from council.  We look forward to implementing them all in the future.     Don't forget to book your ticket for the 51st Badt conference being held in Manchester 26th and 27th July 2014.

Westminster health forum

Dentistry 2014: commissioning, regulation and the dental contract. Fiona Sandom acting president elect attends Westminster health forum  

Delivering better oral health: an evidence-based toolkit for prevention

Delivering Better Oral Health is an evidence based toolkit to support dental teams in improving their patient’s oral and general health.

Dentistry Top 50 2014

The results for Dentistry Top 50 are in, and our very own secretary Melonie Prebble is number 47.  Click more to see the full list

General Dental Council: Stop publishing dental registrants addresses

Members who do not use a practice address for their GDC registration may be interested in sigining this petition.     

500 Miles 4 Smiles

The BADT's President Bal Chana and President Elect Fiona Sandom will be joining Christina on her walk to raise awareness of oral health. The walk started on the 19th May at Kirriemuir Scotland, and will conclude 500 miles later on the 19th of June in Brighton.    You can still donate and get involved.   

Dental Protection Press Release

Dental Protection's Ability goes round the world.

Check out this video!

Heart your Smile have created a really fun oral health video. Please point your patients in its direction.  

Radiography and Direct Access

Following some recent questions regarding Direct Access and Radiography please see the DPL webiste and GDC guidlines regarding this.   http://www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Standards/Pages/directaccessqas.aspx   http://www.dentalprotection.org/uk/AskDPL/direct-access-radiographs-hygienist