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18 December, 2018 / infocus

The Queen’s new Honorary Dental Surgeon

Group Captain Mark Richardson (pictured), Vice-Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK, has been appointed Honorary Dental Surgeon to Her Majesty The Queen.

The honour follows his recent promotion to Chief Dental Officer of the RAF. Two Honorary Dental Surgeons are appointed from each of the three Armed Forces, and while the role is honorary, they assume responsibility, on a rotation with the Queen’s Honorary Surgeons, Physicians and Nurses, for medical arrangements at Investitures at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Mark, who joined the RAF in 1989 after graduating from Dundee University, is also a Fellow both of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and of the Faculty of Dental Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

NEBDN diploma re-approved

THE National Examination Board of Dental Nurses (NEBDN) National Diploma has been re-approved by the General Dental Council as meeting their Education Standards, which means that students who achieve it can apply to be registered and can work as a dental nurse.
The qualification, delivered by individual providers directly approved by the NEBDN, was quality assured by the GDC as part of its duty to protect patients and promote high standards within the professions it regulates.

IFEA Congress set for Glasgow

The IFEA congress is coming to the UK for the first time – Glasgow in 2024. During the International Federation of Endodontic Associations (IFEA) World Endodontic Congress in Seoul, South Korea, in October, a team representing the British Endodontic Society (BES) won its bid to host the congress, which is held every two years.

IFEA brings together endodontic associations to share fellowship and education. It has 41 member countries and 61 countries were represented by the delegates in Seoul.

“We are delighted to have been successful in our bid” said Dr William McLean, honorary treasurer of the BES and organising committee chair. “Glasgow is a beautiful city, highly accessible, and offers every resource we need for a successful congress. The Scottish Events Campus as a venue will be a great home for the congress.”

The 2020 Congress will take place in Chennai, India.

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