The countdown is on for the first Scottish Dental Show
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:16
Michael Matheson MSP.
More than one thousand dental professionals from across Scotland are expected todescend on Hampden Park in Glasgow this week to attend the inaugural Scottish Dental Show. The free event runs for two days on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May, providing up to 12 hours of verifiable CPD and will be officially opened by the Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson MSP.
More than 100 exhibitors representing the cream of the UK dental trade will be showcasing the latest innovations, product developments, services and launches relating to the 10,000 professionals working in the dental industry in Scotland - from surgeons and technicians to hygienists and nurses. Many exhibitors will be offering exclusive Scottish Dental Show visitor discounts on products and services.
In addition to the exhibition, a number of high profile speakers have been secured to offer 12 hours of verifiable CPD. NHS Education for Scotland has also confirmed that NHS dentists attending talks will be able to claim for up to four sessions of Continuing Professional Development Allowance (CPDA).
Edinburgh GDP and former General Dental Council president Hew Mathewson will give thewelcome address and will be joined by a selection of industry experts including Dr John Meechan, Brian Miller, Stephen Jacobs, Philip Friel, Kevin Lochhead, Arshad Ali, Abid Faqir, David Offord, Elaine Halley, Carol Tait as well as Ashley Latter, the much sought after selling coach, who will reveal his recession-busting strategies.
Created by Connect Publications, the publishers of Scottish Dental magazine, whose editor Bruce Oxley said: "With more than 10,000 professionals working in the dental industry across Scotland, it wasimportant to create an event in Scotland that could keep them informed of the latest industry developments.
"According to the latest Government figures, 86 per cent of children and almost 76 percent of adults are registered with a dentist in Scotland, which is a considerable achievement and highlights the strength of the industry.
"We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors DTS International, Coltene, IndependDent Care Plans, Sirona, Mortara Dolby, AWB Textiles and IntegratedDental Holdings for their generous support of the first Scottish Dental Show."
Glasgow-based dentist Dr Philip Friel who will be presenting the final session of the Scottish Dental Show, with his talk 'Treatment options for the reconstruction of the edentulous maxilla' explained: "The dental profession is so fast-changing with fantastic new advances in treatments and techniques. Hosting a dedicated show in Scotland is a great opportunity to bring many of these progressive companies and individuals at the forefront of these changes to our doorstep.
"All dental professionals should be aspiring to learn what is newest and the best out there to benefit our patients and the line up of speakers and topics provides tremendous inspiration as well as invaluable CPD."
The event will also pay tribute to a committed individual who has made a real difference to dentistry in Scotland, with the presentation of the Scottish Dental Lifetime Achievement Award. Four of Scotland's top dental professionals - Dr Graham McKirdy from Glasgow; Professor William Saunders from Dundee; Edinburgh's Dr Jim Rennie CBE and Dr Hew Mathewson CBE - have been nominated and the accolade will be presented at a drinks reception on Thursday evening, hosted by the BBC sports pundit ChickYoung.
The Scottish Dental Show is free to all those working in the dental industry inScotland and visitors can guarantee their entry by completing a simple registration form on http://www.scottishdentalshow.co.uk/. Visitors can also be kept up-to-date by following the show on Facebook.com/ScottishDental and via Twitter @ScottishDental.