Top Tips for Dental Trainees



 6 CPD Approved

Join us for our Top Tips for Dental Trainees Conference, which will be delivered in a fully online format, providing flexibility and helping to minimise our carbon footprint.

Book Now Closing date: 22 March 2022


Join us for our Top Tips for Dental Trainees Conference, which will be delivered in a fully online format, providing flexibility and helping to minimise our carbon footprint.


This one-day event will feature short, interactive presentations and panel discussions as well as giving delegates ample opportunity to pose questions and share opinions with fellow attendees.


A wide variety of speakers from the dental profession will contribute on topics which will be of particular interest to trainees.  These will include: patient and public involvement in healthcare decision making, achieving evidence based practice and challenging the status quo and leading change.


In addition to this, the day will begin with talks from the offices of the four UK CDOs followed by a lively interactive panel session.  Join us to hear and interact with speakers from across all UK nations including experts in evidence based dentistry, Chief Dental Officers and Think Leaders. More detail on our exciting list of speakers can be found in the programme below.


The programme will be of interest to both Dental Core Trainees and Trainees from all specialties.



The aim of the day is to provide an essential update on key areas of health care and practice pertinent to the modern dental trainee.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this conference delegates should be able to:

  • Describe the various oral health systems in the 4 UK nations including opportunities and challenges for the future of dental care
  • Describe the principles of involving patients and the public in healthcare decision making
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to run and make the most out of a journal club
  • Describe the process of preparing a manuscript for submission to a peer reviewed journal
  • Describe how evidence based dentistry can be applied in their day to day practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of issues surrounding diversity, sustainability and inequalities in dentistry


GDC Outcomes

A, B and D


23 March

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome & Introduction

Niall McGoldrick

23 March

09:05 - 09:25

UK oral health systems: Scottish perspective

Tom Ferris Chief Dental Officer for Scotland

23 March

09:05 - 09:05

Session 1 - UK oral health systems: now and the future

23 March

09:25 - 09:45

UK oral health systems: English perspective

Sara Hurley Chief Dental Officer for England

23 March

09:45 - 10:05

UK oral health systems: Welsh perspective

Chief Dental Officer for Wales

23 March

10:05 - 10:25

UK oral health systems: Northern Irish perspective

Chief Dental Officer for Northern Ireland

23 March

10:25 - 10:50

Panel Session: The future of dental care provision

All speakers from session 1

23 March

10:50 - 11:10


23 March

11:10 - 11:40

Top tips for implementing realistic medicine Followed by Q&A

Mrs Emma O’Keefe Consultant in Dental Public Health/Realistic Medicine Co-Lead, NHS Fife

23 March

11:10 - 11:10

Session 2 – Patient and public involvement in healthcare decision making

23 March

11:40 - 12:10

Top tips for making the most of patient feedback Followed by Q&A

Mr Shaun Maher Principal Educator, Quality Improvement Team, NES and Strategic Adviser for Person-Centred Care and Improvement, The Scottish Government

23 March

12:40 - 13:25


23 March

13:25 - 13:45

Top tips on preparing a manuscript

Professor Sarah Baker Editor-in-Chief, Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology and Head, Unit of Oral Health, Dentistry and Society, University of Sheffield

23 March

13:25 - 13:25

Session 3 - Achieving evidence-based practice

23 March

13:45 - 14:05

How to get the most out of a journal club


23 March

14:05 - 14:25

What does the NHS worker need to know about evidence based dentistry?

Dr Sharmila Surendran Clinical Lecturer and Post CCST in Paediatric Dentistry , Edinburgh Dental Institute and Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh

23 March

14:25 - 14:45

What is evidence based dentistry and an update on the latest trials

Professor Jan Clarkson Associate Dean for Research, DHSRU Co-Director, Professor of Clinical Effectiveness (Dundee), Professor of Dental Research (Manchester) and Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean

23 March

14:45 - 15:05

Panel Session: Striking the balance and achieving evidence based practice

All speakers from Session 3

23 March

15:05 - 15:25


23 March

15:25 - 15:55

Balance the dental boards: improving diversity in dentistry Followed by Q&A

Dr Nishma Sharma Clinical Leadership Manager Office of the Chief Dental Officer

23 March

15:25 - 15:25

Session 4 – Challenging the status quo and leading change

23 March

15:55 - 16:20

Sustainability in dentistry following COP26 Followed by Q&A

Dr Grant Craney Clinical Lecturer in Dental Public Health University of Glasgow

23 March

16:20 - 16:45

The NHS as an anchor institution Followed by Q&A

Ms Dona Milne Director of Public Health and Health Policy NHS Lothian

23 March

16:45 - 16:55

Closing remarks









Karen Ross


 Email Coordinator