The British Society of Periodontology is pleased to announce that following changes to the Constitution agreed at the Annual General Meeting held on Friday 24 September 2010, Dental Hygienists/Dental Therapists have been given Full Membership status. This will be automatically conferred on existing Associate Hygienist members and be offered to all new members at the point of application for membership of the Society.
A survey carried out earlier in the year under the Presidency of Professor Francis Hughes showed that the majority of hygienist members would welcome full membership status and the opportunity for greater involvement in the work of the Society. There was considerable support shown by the membership present at the AGM for the role of the Dental Hygienist/Dental Therapist within the BSP and the vote was carried by a large majority.
As Full members Dental Hygienists/Dental Therapists will have voting rights, which they did not have as Associate Members. They will continue to benefit from reduced subscription rates both for annual membership and registration fees for scientific meetings. It is hoped that these changes will encourage Dental Hygienist/Dental Therapist members of the BSP to play a full role in the activities of the Society.
Council welcomes these changes and looks forward to continuing to work closely with Dental Hygienist/Dental Therapist colleagues in the future.