News for 2020
I am only part-way through my Presidential term and I have already been struck by how hard BSP Council works and how passionate they are about promoting periodontology and implant dentistry. BSP continually makes significant effort to raise awareness of the importance of gum health to the public, patients, dental and medical professionals.
Undergraduate Committee elections were held online this month, with candidates standing for positions from the majority of UK Dental Schools. BSP UG Representatives voted to elect their new Committee based on written manifestos, which were all of an extremely high standard. We would like to thank all candidates who ran for positions.
Well done to Tamsyn McKenna, our Undergraduate Representative for Teesside University, who has been working hard to promote oral health to vulnerable people during lockdown.
Thank you to everyone who attended this year's AGM, which was held online, via webinar, on Monday 15th June 2020.
Our website is an extremely important part of our work (and will become more so) and offers key information on periodontal disease for both patients and dental professionals. It also offers key management functionality that the society uses for event booking and maintenance of the membership.
The BSP and FGDP(UK)/ CGDent, working with the OCDO, have issued a joint statement to clarify and contextualise the differences in guidance issued relating to the provision of a dental prophylaxis under Level 4/3 COVID19 alert status. We hope that you will find this statement helpful.
CloserStill Media, organiser of the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show, have taken the decision to postpone the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show (BDCDS).
We are all finding getting back to clinical dentistry very challenging and the BSP is looking at ways that we can support the profession. Next week we will launch a mini-masterclass series of webinars to support you regarding hand instrumentation and non-AGP periodontal treatment.
Updated Guidance - For the provision of urgent dental care in primary care dental settings (from 8 June 2020) and designated urgent dental care provider sites
We have today received a further communication from The Office of the Chief Dental Officer England, NHS England & NHS Improvement team, with an updated guidance attached.
The Office of the Chief Dental Officer England, NHS England & NHS Improvement team have today released a document - Dental Transition to Recovery SOP.
As we come to the end of May, I am feeling more hopeful about the present situation, as the Government statistics relating to new infections appear to be heading in the right direction. It is encouraging that this pandemic seems to be on the decline and I continue to be grateful for the fantastic job done by the NHS staff and key workers.
Please find below a link to a letter, dated 28th May 2020, from Chief Dental Officer England, Sara Hurley, and Director of Primary Care and System Transformation, Matt Neligan, regarding the resumption of dental services in England.
We have copied below the latest communication from the Chief Dental Officer England:
1. What is your position in the BSP and what does this role involve? I am the Education and Events Manager for BSP. My role is split into two main categories: planning and organising the Annual Conference with the President for that year, and organising the educational webinar programme. I have other ad hoc tasks to perform, such as organising the 70th Anniversary of BSP, attending non-BSP meetings e.g. the BSDHT Oral Health Conference and The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show, and admin tasks such as monthly banking.
On 20 May 2020, the Chief Dental Officer of Scotland issued a letter that described a phased approach to the remobilisation of dental services after closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase 2 of this approach is concerned with the restarting of dental practices. Please find here a link to this document, which may be of interest to some of our members: http://www.sdcep.org.uk/published-guidance/covid-19-practice-recovery/
We would like to invite you to participate in a research project, being carried out by a team of behavioural scientists and periodontists at King’s College London, and complete a short survey.
More than 40 countries joined forces today to celebrate Gum Health Day 2020 – from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the interruption of dental services across the world. Attention is now focused on planning the re-opening and restructuring of dental services. To support decision making a working group, led by Professors Jan Clarkson and Craig Ramsay, conducted a rapid review of internationally produced guidance for re-opening dental services.
Whilst the dental profession in the UK is currently facing an uncertain time, and as we await guidance from the Chief Dental Officers on how we will treat patients, it appears that some of our European colleagues have started returning to work following guidelines from their (country’s) relevant authorities.
The Office of the Chief Dental Officer England, NHS England and NHS Improvement, have now released the following information:
Please find below the latest communication received from the Office of the Chief Dental Officer, England, regarding an upcoming Dental Services Webinar.
The Letter of Preparedness from Chief Dental Officer, England, Sara Hurley, and NHS England and NHS Improvement, Director of Primary Care and System Transformation, Matt Neligan, published on 25th of March outlined the postponement of elective dental care and further assurance of NHS dental contracts. Please see Issue 3 Preparedness for primary dental care.
We are grateful for the recent activities undertaken by our UG Representatives to highlight the work of the BSP and the many benefits of membership.
The Patient Forum had a successful meeting earlier this month in London. Led by Professor Ian Needleman, the group of volunteers regularly meet to share their experiences and ideas to help shape the future of gum health in the UK.
We are delighted to announce the winners of this year's awards:
The Healthy Gums Do Matter toolkit has been developed by the Greater Manchester Local Dental Network (GM LDN), a group of general dental practitioners, patients, commissioners and specialists, in association with NHS England Greater Manchester dental commissioners, to help dental teams raise the standards of periodontal care management in primary care and bridge the gap between how periodontal care is currently delivered and how it should be. It distils specialist guidance on prevention and treatment into workable care pathways for NHS dental practices.
Gum Health Day is an EFP initiative and thanks to the support of all the national societies, it has become a major worldwide awareness campaign, celebrated in more than 45 countries. The slogan they are using for this year’s campaign is “Say NO to bleeding gums.”
Unfortunately, the The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2020, which was due to take place at the NEC, Birmingham, from the 15-16th May, has been postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
We are advised that the 2020 event will now take place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th of September 2020 at the Birmingham NEC, hall 5. We look forward to supporting this event later in the year.
Please find below the latest statement from Stefan Czerniawski, Executive Director, Strategy, GDC, which updates and clarifies GDC guidance during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Office of the Chief Dental Officer, England, has shared the following COVID-19 update with us for dental teams:
We currently find ourselves in an unprecedented situation with the world battling an outbreak of COVID-19. The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on March 11 and at the point of writing this many people have sadly been affected worldwide.
EFP President Filippo Graziani explains how federation is coping with 'extraordinary moment' created by the coronavirus
The EFP has published a video message about the coronavirus situation from its Italy-based president Filippo Graziani.
The chief dental officers for England, Scotland and Wales have put forward advice in response to the growing threat of coronavirus.
The CDO for England, Sara Hurley, the CDO for Wales, Colette Bridgman, and the CDO for Scotland, Tom Ferris, have offered new guidelines for NHS dental practices.
This is in light of the UK moving into the ‘delay’ phase of its COVID-19 response.
The recent Perio Master Clinic 2020 held on 6-7 March at the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin was a huge success. The conference unveiled the latest advances made in periodontal regeneration, which is widely seen as the “holy grail” in periodontal and peri-implant therapy as it is the key in helping to preserve the dentition healthy and functional for the patient’s whole lifetime.
Many thanks for your email regarding the Coronavirus and the April Conference.
The BSP Conference 2020 is taking place on the 22-24 April, at The Royal College of Physicians, London.
This year, the BSP joins this worldwide initiative again to raise awareness of the importance of gum health with the UK public. More than 40 countries are joining Gum Health Day 2020 – from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region
It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of February. It has been a very busy start to the year at BSP. We have been updating membership records and working hard to update the resources on our new website, which will go live later this year. In addition to our Educational Events programme for 2020, we are already starting to plan our Conferences for 2021 and 2022.
Thank you to all our members who have paid their subscription fees for 2020 by direct debit, online payment or bank transfer. Final reminders have been sent out to members who have not yet paid their subscription fees this year. In accordance with the terms of the Constitution, memberships will be terminated if subscriptions are not paid by the 28th February.
If you have any difficulty please contact our Executive General Manager, Paula Dunn, who will be happy to help.
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The European Federation of Periodontology and World Heart Federation have published a far-reaching report on links between periodontal and cardiovascular diseases.
The BSP is delighted to be attending The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show in Birmingham on the 15-16th May. Paula and Tamsin will be on Stand E67, promoting all things perio!
Our President, Prof. Nikos Dons, will be in the Speciality Interest Theatre presenting “An overview of diagnosis and treatment modalities of peri-implantitis”. This short lecture will offer delegates an insight into the latest techniques and concepts in this field.
For all the latest information, please visit www.thedentistryshow.co.uk
Welcome to the first member newsletter of 2020! I am honoured to take over the role of BSP President from Dr Mark Ide. I am very much looking forward to continuing his good work with the support of the Executive Team and BSP Council. I am excited about the year ahead and will do my best to support and represent the needs of our membership.
A very Happy New Year to everyone! 2020 is going to be Amazing!
Re: Oral health care provision in residential special educational settings – launch of dental project
The NHS Long Term Plan commits to improving the health care of children, young people and adults with a learning disability, autism or both. The Office of Chief Dental Officer, England, in collaboration with the NHS England and NHS Improvement Learning Disability & Autism programme, has embarked upon a 5-year project (2019-2024) with the intention of delivering upon this commitment. This oral health project forms part of a wider initiative, which includes audiology and optometry, aiming to improve provision of and access to health care for children and young people in residential special schools and colleges.
BSP President, Professor Nikos Donos, wishes everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and is looking forward to the exciting year ahead.