Wednesday, July 09, 2014 |
The annual BDA Best Practice Day, organised by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber for its Foundation Training programme, was successfully held in March this year at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield. With over 200 guests, the event provided an opportunity for local dentists to showcase the ideas which they have implemented in practice over the past year.
Seventy-six DF1 Trainees from across the region were asked to collaborate with their trainers in order to prepare a project which helped to improve the care provided by their practice. A bit of healthy competition goes a long way, and this was reflected in the variety of fantastic ideas being presented. The issues tackled ranged from working innovatively with local communities to educate them on oral health, creating learning tools for dental professionals, and helping patients become more aware of their role in treatment.
Following the presentations, peers were invited to vote for a winner in their sub-groups, with the participants in first place going on to the grand final. The overall winners were Marianne Henien and Oliver Pierce of the Hull scheme, for their project on educating primary school children on dental decay.
"It was very interesting to see what everyone else had come up with. It felt good to win as it reflected that the majority of dentists on the day supported the work that we did, and regard promoting oral health in the community an issue which should be high on the agenda in areas where decay is prevalent. It was a very rewarding process to be a part of, and should be a mainstay in the training programme."
The day also provided an excellent networking opportunity for the foundation dentists, with many of them deliberating their futures post training. There were informative talks from representatives of the GDC and FGDP to bring the day to a close, before the prize giving ceremony.
Event organiser Sue Baker, Training Programme Director, was pleased with the outcome.
"I think it's been a great day where dentists from all over the area can come together and share their ideas and all in the name of improving practice"
Overall the high standard of work presented, showed how budding new dentists were working with established professionals in order to create the future of dental care in Yorkshire.