News for 2017
It is with deep sadness that the British Society of Periodontology records the death of Professor Jimmy Steele, CBE. The former Head of Newcastle University’s School of Dental Sciences passed away peacefully at the age of 55.
Dr Nick Palmer of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has been appointed dental adviser to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s Committee on Managing Common Infections.
The death of Brett Sinson a few days ago was announced by Professor Iain Chapple:
Oral Health and Pregnancy projects offers guidelines and answers to key questions The new Oral Health and Pregnancy portal, launched by the EFP in partnership with Oral-B, offers concise guidelines for oral-health professionals, other health professionals, and women. It also has a section devoted to frequently asked questions related to oral health and pregnancy.
FGDP(UK) publishes new guidance on dementia-friendly dentistry
The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has published new guidance on the practice of dentistry for patients with dementia.
The BSP is pleased to announce the launch of a new BSP/DDU e-learning project that is free to all members of the dental profession. The clinical content of the course has been written largely by BSP ECG members Raman Bhardwaj and Paul Ryan. This course is designed to address the issues of litigation in periodontal management in practice and is divided into 6 modules worth 3 hours of verifiable CPD.
Read the full report of our latest conference here
A new and revised version of the highly successful Patient Information leaflet "Your Teeth For Life" is now available
FGDP(UK) supports drive to improve oral health in care homes
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is supporting a new standards document from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on oral health promotion in care homes.
Members might like to know the Mail on Sunday, 21st May, published a pull-out Dental Health Guide. This contains a number of articles about gum health, including one by former BSP President, Dr Phil Ower, on Gum Disease. Sadly, the Guide was only distributed to 365,000 within the London & South East. However, the full guide can be accessed online and Dr Ower's article appears at Page 42 via the link below.
Once again, we are supporting the European Federation of Periodontology's annual initiative to raise awareness of gum disease among dental professionals, health professionals and the general public. Our flyer says it all!
I am delighted to introduce myself as the Chair of the Dental Practitioners Section of the British Society of Periodontology (BSP) which has by far the largest number of members. I was elected to this prestigious and important post in 2014 and since then have represented the interests of hard working General Dental Practitioners at the British Society of Periodontology.
Sent on behalf of Sandra White National Lead for Dental Public Health, Public Health England
The British Society of Periodontology were closely involved in developing the guidance of the 3rd edition, originally published in 2014
Revisions to Delivering Better Oral Health have now been published on: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/delivering-better-oral-health-an-evidence-based-toolkit-for-prevention
In response to recent revised guidance 2 sections of Delivering Better Oral Health (DBOH) version 3 have been updated:
• Section 4 Healthier eating advice and relevant summary tables: to reflect the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) Carbohydrates and Health report (2015)
• Section 8 Alcohol misuse and oral health and relevant summary table: to include The Chief Medical Officer for England guidelines on lower risk drinking. This is further supported by an online training module for anyone wanting the knowledge and skills to deliver very brief alcohol consumption advice:
In addition, 2 NEW DBOH factsheets have been published which summarise the key actions for oral health improvement for adults and children.
DBOH is a key source of evidence based advice for dental teams and wider professional groups.
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Professor Crispian Scully, Emeritus Professor Of Oral Medicine of UCL and past Dean and Director of Research and Studies (1993-2008) of Eastman Dental Institute.
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) has published an outline of its plans for 2017-18. FGDP(UK)’s outline plans for 2017-18 are also accessible online (see below)
FGDP(UK) Dean, Dr Mick Horton, said:
“This year marks our 25th anniversary as the academic home for primary dental care, and our plans for the coming year will significantly strengthen our community of practice. We look forward to working ever more closely with our members and the wider dental community, and would be delighted to have your support as we prepare to bring an independent national professional body for dentists to life.”
In a 'showcase' article, the BSP made the news in a more unusual publication this week - PR News.
Dr Phil Ower hands over to Professor Ian Needleman as President for 2017. The presidential year now runs from January to December, in line with the membership year and the Society's financial year. Professor Needleman was voted in as President at the AGM held in Oxford in April 2016. It is all change on Council with the following people taking up their membership of Council on 01 January:
Dr Penny Hodge - President Elect 2018, Dr Mark Ide - President Elect 2019, Dr Trevor Watts - Senior Vice President, Dr Richard Tucker - Honorary Editor, Dr Praveen Sharma - President of the Early Career Group, Dr Aradhne Tugnait - Other Member of Council Thanks were given at the meeting held in December to all those standing down for their valuable contribution to the work of Council.
Our congratulations go to Professor Peter Heasman, ex-BSP President and Professor of Periodontology at Newcastle University. He has being awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list for his services to research ethics.
NHS Research Ethics Committees safeguard the rights, safety, dignity and wellbeing of patients and volunteers taking part in medical research. They review applications for research and give an opinion about the proposed participant involvement and whether the research is ethical.
Professor Heasman said:
“To say that this honour was a surprise is something of an understatement. It is an immense honour to receive such recognition. But the real appreciation goes to all those colleagues that I have worked with so closely over the last 20 years: REC members and managers, colleagues, trainers and all those at the HRA. It really has been an absolute privilege.
“The ethics service (and indeed all clinical research in the UK) would not prevail without those who volunteer their ‘ethics’ time in abundance. None of us can call it our ‘day job’ yet we become involved possibly out of curiosity but also because we want to contribute to the safety of UK research, and upholding the dignity and rights of research participants. We do this neither for reward nor recognition, but when something like this comes along it makes one feel incredibly proud.”