Special Care Dentistry: a series of challenges and opportunities

The BSSCD would like to welcome you to the Spring conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre and sustainably built  Orchard Hotel in the grounds of Nottingham University. The conference will explore the challenges and the opportunities frequently encountered in Special Care Dentistry.

 Thursday 4th & Friday 5th May 2023

 8:30 - 16:45

The East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston Lane, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RJ. Venue and travel information.

Registration will be open until 10:00 on 24 March providing there are places 


To provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities encountered in Special Care Dentistry.

To provide an opportunity for selected authors of BSSCD clinical and audit prizes to present their work to the BSSCD Spring Conference.


Day One - five hours and 30 minutes CPD.

Day Two - five hours and 30 minutes CPD.

GDC development outcomes for A and C 'effective communication' and  'maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice'.

Learning Content:
 Two days of lectures provided by expert clinicians.


Day One: 
At the end of this session, the participant will
  • Have heard from prize presentation speakers on a range of clinical scenarios and audit
  • Considered the challenges and opportunities that the dental team encounters in offering dental services to people with Special Needs in Hospital and Community Settings
  • Understand some of the challenges and opportunities that are encountered by Specialty Trainees in Special Care Dentistry 
  • Be made aware of the complexities of managing the frail, elderly patient with multiple morbidities in a dental setting
  • Understand the challenges of ensuring quality dental treatment for care home residents when trying to balance procurement services with financial limitations
Day Two:
At the end of this session, the participant will
  • Be updated in the use of Conscious Sedation Techniques for Special Care Dentistry
  • Will gain a brief understanding of how the following psychological techniques can be used to help dental patients with Special Needs: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Gain some understanding of the challenges faced by an individual patient with Physical and Learning Disabilities in accessing quality dental treatment
  • Be provided with some helpful information as to how to manage patients with a learning disability in a dental setting
  • Be provided with information and as to using alternative communication techniques for people with learning disabilities
  • Receive some learning from a case study of a complex patient with mental and physical disabilities who required dental treatment general anaesthetic


Programme: The programmes are available to download and share with colleagues.






Confirmed speakers... 


Lorna Hollingsworth

Graham Walton

Charlotte Hansen

Nicola Lochrie

Rakhee Patel



David Craig

Kati Halkinnen

Umesh Joshi

Caroline Henry

Amberley Lewis

Kerry-Anne Harwood

Fereshteh Taleifaz 

 One day £210.  Both days £400

Discounted Fees: 

BSSCD member discounts (Please enter the discount code you have been emailed, and press apply before entering your details.

Dental and Medical Professionals:  
One day £160.  Both days £310

One day £135. Both days £265

 discounts are available for:

DCPs: (non member discount codes available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please quote your GDC number)
One day £140. Both days £270

Undergraduate Students: (discount codes available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please quote your Dental School and tutor's name)
One day £65. Both days £130

Annual Conference Dinner:

The conference dinner will be held on Thursday 4 May at the conference venue.

The fee of £55 includes a three course dinner with wine, followed by coffee/tea. (Non alcoholic alternatives will be available.)

Please be aware that places are limited!


Hotel: The Orchard Hotel is just by the conference venue, single occupancy rooms are offered at £119 booking details will be available soon.  


Registration:  If you are are registering more than one delegate please ensure that you enter a different email for each delegate, this will be required for downloading the CPD certificate.

Terms and Conditions:
Please click here to download the terms and conditions.

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Event Details

Reservations Until:24/03/2023 10:00
Starts on:04/05/2023 09:00
Ends on:05/05/2023 17:00


Both days plus dinner
Conference attendance on both days and the conference dinner
£ 455.00
4th & 5th May
Conference attendance on both days
£ 400.00
4th May (Thursday)
Conference attendance on Day One only
£ 210.00
4th May (Thursday) plus dinner
Conference attendance on Day One plus conference dinner
£ 265.00
5th May (Friday)
Conference attendance on Day Two only
£ 210.00
5th May (Friday) plus dinner
Dinner on Thursday and conference attendance on Day Two
£ 265.00
Dinner on Thursday 4 May
£ 55.00