2016 NATIONAL DENTAL NURSING CONFERENCE REPORT
The 2016 NDNC was held at the Blackpool Hilton on 28 and 29 October.
Following the Welcome Lunch, at which new members and first time delegates were invited to meet President Jane Dalgarno, the Conference was opened by Keynote Speaker Deputy Chief Dental Officer, England Eric Rooney . Friday’s lecture programme kicked off with President Jane’s presentation “Mentoring – How Can This be Used to Support Dental Nurses’ Learning in the Workplace?”, followed by a Mentoring Workshop; or delegates could choose to attend Professor Ian Needleman’s “Sound of Periodontitis”, followed by Thames Valley & Wessex Postgraduate Dean John Darby’s “The Future Role of Dental Nursing”.
At the end of the afternoon, BADN members attended the BADN Annual General Meeting (Minutes to be available shortly in the members’ area). In the evening, some delegates enjoyed dinner and music from the Blue Pig Orchestra at local restaurant Twelve.
Saturday morning opened with “A View from the GDC” by Director of Strategy Matthew Hill, followed by “Identifying Oral Cancer – The Role of the Dental Team” by Amaar Hassan, who stepped in at the last moment! After lunch, delegates had the choice of “Paediatric Dentistry – Providing High Quality Care for Children” by the University of Manchester’s Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant Siobhan Barry or “CyberSecurity – The Do’s and Dont’s of Online” by local cyber guru Martin Ayrton; followed by “Novice to Expert Practice for Dental Nurses” by BADN Chair (and Head of Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent) Debbie Reed or “CQC – Does It Make a Difference?” by their National Dental Advisor, John Milne.
At the Closing Ceremony, President Jane congratulated individual delegates on their recent achievements, acknowledged new members and first time delegates by asking them to stand when their name was read out, and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to local high school student Chloe Acton who had completed her work experience at the BADN office in Thornton.
Delegates received bags of samples from Robinson Healthcare, Splat and TePe as well as a copy of the latest edition of Dental Nursing journal (together with a special conference subscription offer), and information on Mouth Cancer Action Month, jobs at BUPA, and courses at the Greater Manchester School for DCPs; and a Conference Handbook courtesy of Purple Media. The Conference was also supported by the British Dental Industry Association.
What delegates thought of the 2016 NDNC
“The programme was varied, which I am sure suited the needs of many different people. I feel it was a worthwhile use of my time.”
“Good to see everyone and some new faces; I learned some new things and confirmed some old knowledge”
“It was a well-organised and well presented event from which I learned a lot. Everyone to whom I spoke seemed to have enjoyed it and found it beneficial. Well done.”
“I am so glad I attended. It was very informative. Everyone was very friendly. All the presentations very good.”
“It has made me consider my role as a dental nurse and even the possibility of advancing my dental nurse academic education”
Thank you for a very enjoyable few days. Being with and listening to a lot of people who are so enthusiastic and passionate about what they do lifted our spirits”
“An enjoyable experience”
“Well organised, everyone was warm and welcoming and the programme was well put together”