2017 Conference presentations

BSDH May 2017 Conference Liverpool Please note not all speakers will share their presentations.   AlbadriSondos.pdf Smith-Phil.pdf BalmerColette.pdf TaylorKathryn.pdf TaylorKathrynTopSuturingTips.pdf  YoungsonCallum.pdf FitzgeraldRichard.pdf CampbellNicola.pdf ChoHana.pdf DeeryChris.pdf KakaShazia.pdf

Nordic Special Care conference

The Special Care 2017 conference is organized by nordic specialists that take interest in a) oral health for people with special needs and b) children with nourishing difficulties. The conference will be held in Reykjavík, August 17th – 18th 2017. Please click here for more details.

iADH conference in Dubai 2018.

The 2018 iADH conference is being held in Dubai. Please see flyer for more details. Click here for flyer

BSDH Prizes 2017

BSDH Prizes 2017   Four prizes for 2017 have been announced today. Please see the prize section or click here for full details.       1.      BSDH CLINICAL PRIZE   Value of award: £300                CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS: 5 March 2017   2.  CLINICAL AUDIT PRIZE   Value of award: £300              CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS: 5 March 2017     3.  BSDH POSTER PRIZE Value of award: £200              CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS: 5 March 2017   4. BSDH TRAVEL AWARDS Value of award: £500 (2 awards available per year)             CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS:  5 March 2017    

AGM 2016

AGM 2016 - BSDH AGM announcement The Annual General Meeting of the British Society for Disability and Oral Health will be held on December 2nd 2016. Venue: Rooms on Regent`s Park, 27 Sussex Place, London, NW1 4RGTime 4:30pm Agenda can be downloaded here Minutes of last meeting can be downloaded here (pdf) or here (word) Nominations are encouraged from enthusiastic and motivated members of BSDH who are interested in joining the Executive Committee, which meets 3 times per year.  Its role is to set and implement the strategy of the society on behalf of the Members. Although the roles are voluntary it is expected that Committee members make themselves available and contribute to the meetings held throughout the year.   There is a need for the nomination of Members who are able to offer a variety of skills and experience, as committee functions include administration, organisation and promotion of; the Society, the Membership, Society awards, scientific meetings, the Society’s aims within the profession, establishing links with voluntary organisations and other agencies, representing the society at scientific and political forums, maintaining the website and encouraging education and research in the field of Special Care Dentistry.   The following executive committee positions will be elected from the Membership at the AGM:   1.    Ordinary Committee Member (1 x vacant position)  2.    Honorary Secretary  (Dr Lorna Hollingsworth- standing for re-election)  3.    Honorary Treasurer  (Dr Margaret Gregory - standing for re-election)  4.  Honorary Assistant Secretary (Dr Charlotte Curl - standing for re-election)        Signed nominations, using this form , should be sent via post or email to:   Dr. Lorna Hollingsworth, BSDH Honorary Secretary, Special Care Dentistry, Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2JY or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IADH Report Chicago 2016

IADH Report Chicago 2016 Reframing Special Care: A Global Perspective  The 23rd iADH Congress took place in Chicago 14th -17th April 2016 and was held in conjunction with The Special Care Dentistry Association of America (SCDA).  Click here for more info.

BSDH Prizes 2016

Submission of abstracts for all 2016 BSDH prizes is now closed. However, an opportunity still exists to present your poster at BSDH Spring Meeting, Sheffield May 2016, outwith the Poster Prize itself. Those wishing to take this opportunity should forward their abstract by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Emails should be entitled "BSDH poster abstract". General instructions for abstracts: Use 12 point Arial font Title should be no more than 12 words The presenting author should be listed first and co-authors thereafter. Give surnames followed by up to two initials Give affiliations for each author on line below names The main body of the abstract text should not be more than 250 words Provide the name of any funding body, if applicable, at the bottom of the abstract [Poster preparation: Posters will be displayed on a standard display board and should be A0 portrait (841 mm width by 1189 mm height)]. CLOSING DATE - 1 April 2016

AGM announcement

AGM and committee nominations 2015 The Annual General Meeting of the British Society for Disability and Oral Health will be held on December 4th 2015 at 4.30pm at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London. The 2014 AGM minutes can be found here Nominations for BSDH Executive Committee 2015 Nominations are encouraged from enthusiastic and motivated Members of BSDH who are interested in joining the Executive Committee. This year the Committee are looking to widen the Executive Membership base, encouraging nominations from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Although the roles are voluntary it is expected that Committee Members will make themselves available and contribute to the meetings held throughout the year in London. Executive Committee Members who will need to travel significant distances to attend the meetings will be able to claim reasonable overnight hotel expenses from the Society. The role of the Executive Committee is to set and implement the strategy of the Society on behalf of the Members. There is a need for the nomination of Members who are able to offer a variety of skills and experience, as committee functions include administration, organisation and promotion of; the Society, the Membership, Society awards, scientific meetings, the Society’s aims within the profession, establishing links with voluntary organisations and other agencies, representing the Society at scientific and political forums, maintaining the website and encouraging education and research in the field of Special Care Dentistry. Members who wish to apply for a position on the Executive Committee are required to complete the nomination form. This can be found within the AGM announcement and all nominations are to be received by 24th November 2015. At the AGM those who have been nominated will be required to give a short verbal appraisal, in person, to the Membership of what they can bring to the Society’s Committee before a vote is held. Further information and the nomination form can be found here.

Oral Cancer Toolkit

To coincide with Mouth Cancer Action Month in November, Cancer Research UK have launched an oral cancer toolkit. Supported by the British Dental Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners, this online toolkit aims to support dental health professionals and GPs in detecting oral cancer. The toolkit provides information on possible risk factors for oral cancer, signs and symptoms of oral cancer and how to respond. As well as a detailed image library, a referral guide, case studies, oral examination videos and a CPD quiz. The toolkit has been funded by a Department of Health grant and developed in response to the growing problem that oral cancer presents in the UK * incidence rates have risen by a third in the last decade. * it is one of the few cancers that has a trend of increasing mortality over the past 10 years. With 6 out of 10 oral cancers currently being found at a late stage, there is an urgent need for action to improve awareness and promote earlier diagnosis. Through wide distribution among the GP and dental professions, this toolkit aims to address that need. This resource will be freely accessible to all GPs and dental health professionals. Access the toolkit by following this link

IADH Congress 2016 – Call for Abstracts

IADH Congress 2016 – Call for Abstracts The International Association for Disability and Oral Health – 23rd Congress 2016 will be held in Chicago from 14th -17th April. The closing date for abstracts is as follows: Oral Presentations: 28th September 2015 Poster presentations: 16th November 2015 Submission details can be found at: http://www.scdaonline.org/?page=2016Abstracts

IADH Summer Magazine 2015

IADH Summer Magazine 2015 The summer 2015 Magazine of the iADH is now available for members to read.   There is a letter from our President Dr Timucin Ari plus iADH features and key information for upcoming events and news from around our member countries   http://iadh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/iADH-Magazine-Summer-2015.pdf

New Guidelines: Standards for Conscious Sedation the Provision of Dental Care

The report of the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee on Sedation in Dentistry was published on the 22nd April 2015. The report defines national standards for the provision of conscious sedation in the delivery of dental care with a strong emphasis on patient safety. The document covers five core areas; Patient care pathways, Clinical sedation techniques, Peri-operative care, Patient information, Education and training. A link to the document can be found here.

Living Well with Autism: Beyond the Limitations 28th May 2015, Manchester Conference Centre

Living Well with Autism: Beyond the Limitations 28th May 2015, Manchester Conference Centre   Open Forum Events are delighted to be hosting the Living Well with Autism: Beyond the Limitations conference in the heart of Manchester. This conference will confront head on what life is like in the UK for people on the autism spectrum.This conference will address the main issues and concerns facing the autistic community, such as diagnosis, early intervention and support. The very latest developments will be discussed, such as the SEN reforms, autism friendly communities and the government’s ‘Think Autism’ strategy. Case studies of best practice will be shared where examples of effective and innovative strategies are making a real difference to lives affected by autism.  Delegates will hear from a wide range of expert speakers across the public and private sectors, with those invited including: Robin Bush, Chief Executive, Wirral Autistic Society (Confirmed) Judith Kerem, Development Director, Caretrade Charitable Trust (Confirmed) Sarah-Jane Nii-Adjei, Senior Equality Improvement Officer, MIND (Confirmed) Ben Morris, Autism Unplugged Deepa Korea, Chief Executive, Research Autism (Confirmed) Jonathan Shephard, Autism Alliance and CEO of Autism West Midlands (Confirmed) Case Study: Bury College Benefits of Attending: Hear what life is like living with autism in the UK Discover what progress is being made in improving the lives of autistic people Receive an update on the latest developments in diagnosis, intervention and support Understand how are the SEN reforms working in practice? How can awareness across society be raised? If you would like to know more about this event, please click here for more details and to register your place alternatively, reply to this email and a member of the team will come back to you as soon as possible.

IADH 2016

International Association for Disability and Oral Health – 23rd Congress 2016 The next congress of the International Associate for Disability and Oral Health (IADH) will be held in Chicago 14th -17th April 2016 and promises to be an exciting meeting. IADH is a global organization with members, health professionals dedicated to serving people with disabilities. Since 1970 every two years IADH hosts a congress that allows members from all over the world the opportunity to assemble in one place, and disseminate knowledge to better serve our patients. The congress meetings are an inspiration for all of us to work harder for our patients, fulfil our professional goals and provide us with the “right amount” of positive energy for the future. We would like to encourage members to submit abstracts for posters and oral presentations to allow us to share good practice and have strong representation from the UK. The event is a great opportunity for professional networking and socialising with colleagues from around the world. If you are interested in attending and want to find out more about the congress events or abstract submission please contact your International Representatives: Kathy Wilson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Shelagh Thompson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Please see poster here

BSDH Prizes 2015 prize deadline extended

The deadline for the BSDH 2015 prizes has been extended to Tuesday the 24th of February 2015. Please click here for further details.

Undergraduate curriculum in Special Care Dentistry

The teachers group of BSDH have produced guidance on core content and specified learning outcomes for an undergraduate curriculum in Special Care Dentistry.  The learning outcomes are mapped to  those of the GDC (2012) document ‘Preparing for Practice’ and are based on the international core guidance on undergraduate curricula in Special Care Dentistry produced by iADH.  The specification of learning outcomes is not intended to dictate the level of teaching in Special Care Dentistry but to assist schools in their own curriculum development. The full document can be downloaded here.

Jan Andersson Norinder

It is with sadness that iADH past-president Jan Andersson-Norinder passed away peacefully in his home yesterday. Jan was a great friend and a strong advocate for special care dentistry. His achievements both as iADH president and director of Mun-H Center was remarkable in special care dentistry. Condolences have been sent on behalf of the BSDH membership to his family.

BSDH Spring Conference 2015

BSDH Spring Conference 2015 TWO DAY CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY 17/6/14 and THURSDAY 18/6/14 Canterbury Cathedral Lodge The theme of the conference will be Neuro-disability with a particular reference to the condition of Huntington’s disease. For more details please click here.

BSDH Prizes 2015

The BSDH prizes for 2015 have been released. There are several prizes awarded including an opportunity to present at the BSDH Spring conference in Canterbury. For full details click here.

AGM Meeting 2014

The Membership is invited to attend: The Annual General Meeting of the British Society For Disability and Oral Health. This will be held on Friday December 5th 2014 at 4.30 pm at the School of South African Studies, London. Nominations are encouraged from enthusiastic and motivated members of BSDH who are interested in joining the Executive Committee, which meets 3 times per year. Its role is to set and implement the strategy of the society on behalf of the Members. We particularly wish to encourage nominations for a hygiene and therapy representative. The closing date for receipt of nominations is 20th November 2014. Download draft minutes from AGM 2013 here  Download BSDH AGM meeting and executive committee nomination here 

ASSCID Walkabout Conference 2014

ASSCID Walkabout Conference 2014 Gerodontics and special needs - an international perspective - 5th walkabout conference 26 - 28 November 2014, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Website: www.asscid.org.au Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BSDH 2014 Prizes

The BSDH 2014 prize winners have been announced. They are: Clinical prize: Lauren Firth StR Sheffield, An Unusual Case of GA at home for a man with autism. Audit Prize: Emily Sherwin StR Oxford, Compliance with NICE endocarditis guidelines Poster prize: Lauren Ayre Liverpool, Post operative complications in patients at risk of bleeding Travel Prize: Sandeep Klair, SDO Wolverhampton, Collaboration between Renal and Dental Services to improve oral health of patients with chronic kidney disease.

Dental Passport

A Dental Passport has been developed by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Learning Disability Team and the Specialist and Special Care Dental Service. It is based on the original concept of the Hospital Passport. It is a communication tool that can be easily downloaded and used prior to appointment by patients with Learning Disabilities, Acquired Brain Injuries or Dementia. An amalgamation of a medical history, mobility questionnaire and anxiety questionnaire. Ideally completed in the patients home environment, it offers some ownership of the appointment to the patient, facilitates access to the surgery and improves patient experience. It equips the clinician with appropriate information prior to meeting the patient; removing a lot of the guesswork and reducing stress and anxiety for the entire team.  Please click here to download a copy as a word document.

Specialty Advisor in Special Care Dentistry

Dear Members The Regional Advisors are attempting to organise elections for the post of Specialty Advisor in Special Care Dentistry in the following regions: Northern, North Western, Yorkshire, Anglia, North London, South London, Wessex and Northern Ireland. They need to be able to contact those who are eligible to vote or stand for election (Specialists and Consultants in SCD). As we are not permitted to have your email addresses, it seems that the most appropriate way to start the process is by contacting you via the BSG and BSDH websites. If those who are eligible are then willing to email me, including the details of their particular Region, I can then forward these details (with their permission of course) to the specific Regional Advisors. Selina Master (Chair of FSAP)

Election for the Board of Faculty of Dental Surgery 2014

The Election for the Board of Faculty of Dental Surgery will take place on May 9th 2014.  As always, it is important that we support any candidates who are representing the Specialty of Special Care Dentistry. Vanita Brookes is one of the 20 candidates standing this year and Vanita’s extensive experience within the field of Special Care Dentistry and her unbridled enthusiasm would make her a valuable addition to the Faculty Board. For those of you are eligible to vote, please remember that the ballot closes at 5pm on Thursday May 8th 2014. Every single vote is vital!

Master Class in Special Care Dentistry 2015: Royal College of Surgeons England

Every year the Diploma in Special Care Dentistry team run a Master Class. In 2015 this will be held on Thursday 12th March. This course is of interest to: candidates who are preparing for the DSCD examination and their mentors specialist trainees in special care dentistry and their trainers postgraduates students undertaking a course in special care dentistry and their supervisors all clinicians working in the field of special care dentistry. For more information see (Flyer)

Becoming a Mentor for the Diploma in Special Care Dentistry

A mentoring scheme is available to support candidates undertaking the Diploma in Special Care Dentistry. This scheme has been co-ordinated with help from the Teachers Group of the British Society of Disability and Oral Health. The mentoring arrangement is entirely voluntary, unpaid and should be mutually organised between the learner and mentor. The main method of communication is by email. The key characteristics for becoming a mentor include: An interest in the education and training of special care dentists Currently working in a senior role within special care dentistry A wide range of experience in the field If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact: Dr Kathy Wilson (Chair of DSCD) The Royal College of Surgeons of England 35–43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3PE Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Dental Prescribing App

Dental Prescribing App  SDCEP's 'Dental Prescribing' app brings its popular 'Drug Prescribing For Dentistry' guidance to your iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®. A key new feature is the inclusion of direct links to the BNF website for drug interaction information. Based on the latest version of the BNF and BNFC, the app includes local measures and drug prescriptions for the management of a range of dental conditions for both adults and children. Information on the management of medical emergencies is also provided, including drug administration. The app is organised into the same sections as the printed book and also includes: search function favourites direct links to the BNF SDCEP will review each new edition of the BNF and BNFC and intends to include any necessary changes within 'Drug Prescribing' as a free update for at least two years following release of this app. The link on how to download the app can be found here.

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