A note from our President...
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.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Professor Iain Chapple who worked with the OCDO England, representing the BSP as a stakeholder, to develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the safe return to practice. His specific remit was to look at which aspects of periodontal care could be managed with non-AGP while the risk levels in the community were still relatively high.
As always, the BSP has tried to support the interests of our members together with the wider dental community during this challenging time. Council is delighted that many of you have found the “Risks associated with steps of treatment” flowcharts so helpful to you in practice and that there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the “BSP Back to Work Hand Instrumentation Masterclass” webinar series.
I very much hope that you are all adapting to the many changes in practice as you return to work.
We continue to work on our strategic aims for the benefit of our membership, which also sees members of BSP Council representing Society views at meetings with other organisations. We shall endeavour to keep you updated on developments and matters that affect our specialty.
Finally, during lockdown, we have also working hard to review the EFP’s Evidenced-based Treatment Guidelines, which were recently published. Led by Prof. Nicola West and Prof. Moritz Kebschull, we held working group meetings comprised of dental professionals, medical experts, stakeholders and BSP Patient Forum members, to rapidly review the European guidelines, ensuring they are suitable for the UK healthcare system. We shall update you on this important work very soon but, in the meantime, I wish to thank everyone involved for their time, dedication, support and valuable contributions to the project.
30 June 2020
Recent News stories
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.