New standards of excellence

10 August, 2011 / Infocus

This year’s Royal College’s Triennial Conference will take place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on 10 and 11 November 2011.

The overall theme for the conference is ‘Setting Standards – Achieving Excellence’. Given that the college is home for physicians, surgeons and travel medicine practitioners as well as dentists, the conference is a great opportunity to meet colleagues from right across the healthcare sector and to attend lectures and seminars not just on dental themes, but also on medicine and surgery.

The full programme may be viewed online, but here is the line-up for the Dental Forum:

Thursday 10 November – Setting Standards for Dentistry
The line-up for this session features: ‘The Future of NHS Dentistry’ by Professor Jimmy Steele, Newcastle. Jimmy is professor of oral health services research at Newcastle University and an honorary consultant in restorative dentistry in Newcastle Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust.

He headed the team that authored the Steele Report in 2009 on the future of NHS dentistry in England.

‘Setting Standards for Dentistry: Thinking Outside the Regulatory Box’ by Mr Kevin Lewis, dental director of Dental Protection Ltd.

Mr Lewis is a renowned speaker who has lectured all over the world.

‘Alternatives to Litigation’ by Professor Sheila McLean, Glasgow.

Professor McLean is an outstanding speaker with an international reputation. She holds the International Bar Association chair of law and ethics in medicine at the University of Glasgow.

‘Setting Standards – Necessary but not Sufficient’ by Dr Jason Leitch, Scottish Government. Dr Leitch is the national clinical lead for patient safety and improvement in the Scottish Government.

Friday 11 November – Achieving Excellence in Dentistry
A number of core CPD topics will be under discussion:

‘Achieving Excellence in Dental Radiography’ by Dr Donald Thomson, Dundee, and ‘Achieving Excellence in Managing Medically Compromised Patients’ by Dr Michael Escudier, London.

The TC White Invitation Lecture will be delivered by Mr Paul Stone, Edinburgh, on ‘Achieving Excellence in Implant Dentistry’.

As well as the lectures, there is also a social programme, including a civic reception and conference dinner to be held at the City Chambers in Glasgow and the Triennial Ball in the beautiful setting of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

For details on the programme and registration information, visit You can also visit the Facebook page at Triennial, discounts are available for early booking and for DCPs.

About the author

John Gibson PhD is Vice Dean of RCPSG Dental Faculty and also chair of dental symposium for the Triennial Conference


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