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BSDH 2017 Winter meeting 8/12/17

    BSDH Winter Conference 2017   Clinical safety in Special Care Dentistry   Friday 8 December 2017 Royal College of Physicians, London  Booking form can be downloaded here Learning objectives ·         Evidence from surgery re safer surgery initiatives ·         Non technical surgical skills ·         Human factors ·         Enabling learners to make errors while keeping patients safe ·         Aspects of staff safety   Programme     08:45     Registration, refreshments and exhibition       09:15 Welcome Avril Macpherson, President BSDH     09:20 Patient safety – the historical perspective ·       The academic basis of patient safety and how it has developed ·       The Swiss cheese model ·       The importance of culture.   Michael Pemberton, Clinical Head of Division, Consultant in Oral Medicine, University Dental Hospital of Manchester     10:00 Introduction to human factors Neal Jones, Assistant Director of Patient Safety, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust       10:40-11:10     Morning refreshments and exhibition       11:10 Human performance and error causation Neal Jones, Assistant Director of Patient Safety, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust     11:50 Evaluation of human factors training for dental teams Suzanne Burke, Acting Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Liverpool University Dental Hospital     12:20 Getting it right first time – improving quality in clinical dental care Liz Jones, GiRFT Clinical Lead for Hospital Dentistry       13:00-14:00     Lunch and exhibition       14:00 Scottish Patient Safety Programme for Dentistry Jill Gilles, Programme Lead, Health Improvement Scotland     14:40 The practical application of clinical safety principles in a special care dentistry team Andy Kwasnicki, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Liverpool University Dental Hospital   Kathryn Bebb, Clinical Lecturer in Special Care Dentistry, University of Liverpool     15:40 Q&A     15:50 Induction of the new BSDH President Lorna Hollingsworth       16:00     Afternoon refreshments and exhibition       16:20 BSDH AGM       17:00*     Close       *approximate timing


  • To promote the oral health of disabled people of all ages.
  • To promote links with organisations representing disabled people
  • To consult with disability groups to identify their needs and demands
  • To study the barriers relating to the provision of oral health care for disabled people
  • To develop Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching in the subject
  • To encourage research in the field of oral health for disabled people


The society holds two scientific meetings each year. The winter meeting is held in London in December; the spring meeting is held at various locations throughout the UK. Meeting programmes cover a wide range of topics, behavioural and social as well as clinical. The society has over 600 members (including more than 100 in Category A). BSDH has group membership of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health (IADH) which means that members of BSDH automatically join IADH.

The Society's official publication is the Journal of Disability and Oral Health which is published quarterly in March, June, September and December, in print and online (www.jdohonline.org) and includes a Continuing Professional Development Programme. Subscription to the Journal and access to the online version is included in the BSDH membership fee.

The Society works with other organisations to raise awareness of the barriers to oral health which may be experienced by different groups. If you are or are a carer of a person with a disability who has had difficulty obtaining dental care in the United Kingdom click here.

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