A note from our President…
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.
In keeping with tradition, the dawn of a New Year brings with it changes for many and the BSP is no different. You will recall that at last year’s AGM, the members voted in favour of changing the name of the Society to “The British Society of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry”. Some of the reasons prompting the name change included:
- It reflects the role that periodontists play in the placement of dental implants and the management of peri-implant diseases and conditions.
- Research surrounding peri-implant diseases is carried out in Periodontal departments throughout the world.
- It will raise the profile of the periodontist and the BSP amongst the general dental profession, where most implants are placed.
I am pleased to advise that this change has now been registered with the Charity Commission. Although the Society will still be referred to as “the BSP”, we have designed a new logo to reflect the longer name. This will be officially released with the launch of our new website later this year.
A further change happening this year is that we will be holding our AGM via webinar, hopefully in June. It is hoped that by offering online access more members will be able to participate in the meeting. A formal invitation and agenda will be sent out by the Honorary Secretary nearer the time.
As always, we will continue to promote public and professional awareness of periodontology and implant dentistry to achieve our vision of “Periodontal Health for a Better Life.” Our planned initiative around Gum Health Day this year will seek to raise the profile of gum disease with the public.
To support dental professionals, we are currently updating the Good Practitioner’s Guide to Periodontology. The Society is extremely grateful to the many authors who are currently putting the finishing touches to their sections. We recognise how valued this resource is in practice and we shall advise you as soon as the new publication is available.
Furthermore, we will continue with the organisation of educational webinars in relevant topics in the field of periodontology and implant dentistry. For 2020, the selected speakers will focus on the provision of treatment of periodontal and peri-implant diseases.
We shall endeavour to keep you up-to-date with the latest news, developments and events via our newsletters, website and social media platforms. I sincerely hope that 2020 is a good year for you all and I look forward to meeting you at our Annual Conference, which takes place in London in April.
27 January 2020