A letter from our President, Dr Penny Hodge...
As my presidential year draws to a close my overwhelming feeling is that the BSP is going from strength to strength, building on the excellent initiatives of recent years. I have been privileged to work with BSP Council whose enthusiasm and commitment to the Society is remarkable, particularly Nicola West and Mike Milward, who fit in their work for BSP around very busy academic and clinical roles. My thanks to all of Council for their support during the year.
Our membership has increased by 25% since January to over 1300 members. The popularity of the BSP webinars has reached an unprecedented level with the series of four webinars on the 2017 Classification of Periodontal Diseases and Implant Diseases. Ian Needleman’s presentation on “Periodontitis” had 2500 registrations. The classification webinars are free to all and for those who have not registered they will be available to view from three months after the live event. Thanks go to all our lecturers and to our webinar chairs Ian Dunn and Mandeep Ghuman; fielding all those questions is indeed challenging!
The BSP Implementation Plan of the 2017 Classification of Periodontal Diseases and Conditions will be published in the British Dental Journal on the 11th January 2019. We have produced a laminated flow chart to enable practitioners to diagnose and plan treatment of all patients. This uses the Basic Periodontal Examination (BPE) and links it to the 2017 Classification, which has been modified by the BSP for use in clinical practice. The flowchart has been funded by our partners Oral B and Johnson & Johnson and our aim is to distribute it to every dentist, hygiene therapist and hygienist working in the UK.
Thanks to Paula Dunn, our Executive General Manager, our profile on social media has increased this year through which we are engaging with the next generation of BSP members. The Early Career Group is now well established and has its own Facebook page. The group welcomes all dental students, dentists, hygiene therapists and hygienists in the early stages of their career.
The Patient Forum continues to be active and is planning a series of podcasts given by patients to increase public awareness. Barbara Sturgeon, freelance broadcaster and journalist, chaired one of the sessions at the Edinburgh conference, with energy, and was enthusiastically received. The conference was very well attended, especially in a Europerio year, due I am sure to the excellent speakers.
We are indebted to our dedicated management team. We said goodbye and a huge thank you, in June, to Helen Cobley who was Executive General Manager of the Society for ten years. Paula Dunn, her replacement, stepped into her shoes and very quickly established herself in her new role. She has been a calm and encouraging voice to me both in daily emails and at the end of the phone. Tamsin Lawson, our Education and Events manager, has had a very busy year organising more webinars than in previous years, two conferences six months apart, arranging the BSP party at Europerio and our 70th Anniversary Celebration on June 14th, 2019 at the Houses of Parliament – phew! We very much look forward to Mark Ide’s exciting conference in Brighton in April, which is booking up fast! Thank you Paula and Tamsin.
Andrea Williams our Communications manager is stepping down after five years working for the Society. You will all be aware of Andrea’s eye-catching designs of posters, infographics, the generic patient information leaflet and the annual periodical. She has a flare for turning dull text into information, which looks appealing to patients and professionals. Thank you Andrea and good luck for the future.
Thank you also to our 2018 partners Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline and Oral B. The work which BSP carries out on behalf of our members would not be possible without their generous funding.
I would like to thank Mark Ide for his support, wise counsel and sense of humour and wish him well for his very full presidential year ahead.
Finally, I want to thank you the members for supporting all our initiatives. Please spread the word about BSP and encourage your colleagues to join. I hope you all enjoy a happy and restful Christmas and look forward to a successful 2019.
Dr Penny Hodge
The British Society of Periodontology
21 December 2018