From strength to strength

17 June, 2019 / indepth

The Scottish Dental Show continues to evolve with a packed programme that delivers and enhances essential  clinical and business knowledge across the sector

The Scottish Dental Show, now in its eighth year, continues to grow, welcoming more and more delegates from across the dental profession each year. This year was no exception, welcoming more than 2,000 people over two days at Braehead Arena in Glasgow.

At every show, we ask for delegates’ feedback and use that to develop and enhance the show still further. This year, in response to this feedback, we developed a brand new Educational Programme which offered up to hours of verifiable CPD from the GDC’s recommended topics for ECPD. We were honoured to welcome expert speakers and workshop leaders to deliver this programme. 

A delegate looking at the 2019 education programme
A delegate looking over the packed education programme

In addition, there was a packed programme of lectures on essential business matters, and a wide range of hands-on practical workshops featuring a variety of skills and techniques, plus many opportunities to network with colleagues and catch up with old friends. As our delegate numbers grow, so too does the show itself, and even more exhibitors were added to our dental trade show this year, the largest in Scotland, bringing delegates the latest in dental equipment, techniques, systems and services.

The show would not happen without the kind support of our speakers, workshop leaders, sponsors and exhibitors, and thanks must go to them for their time, hard work and engagement with the show. 

We hope that everyone who attended the show, in any capacity, found it enjoyable, educational, and exciting whether it was their first time, or they’d been coming from the very beginning. If you couldn’t attend this year, don’t worry, the show will return on 24 April 2020.

By the numbers

Total registrations were more than 2,900
Total attendance over the two days was more than 2,100
Attended one or more sessions onsite 1,069
‘Radiography Radiation Protection’ was one of the busiest sessions with an attendance of more than 330
Lectures 36
Workshops 27
Pre-registered for sessions online using the new system 841

A delegate’s view of the show

Susie Anderson-Sharkey enjoys a fresh, less-pressured perspective of the event 

Susie Anderson-Sharkey

My attendance at the show this year was different from the previous years in that this is the first time I have attended the show as a treatment co-ordinator rather than a practice manager. For 13 years I was the practice manager at Dental fx and only stepped down in March to take up my new role as Treatment and Courses Co-ordinator. 

So I was approaching the event with somewhat less pressure than in previous years and enjoyed taking time to speak with so many of my colleagues in the industry. In the ‘who’s who’ in dentistry I think everyone was represented at this extremely popular event. There was excellent variety of stands from right across the industry as well as from across the UK, which pays tribute to the calibre of the show which has grown significantly year on year. 

With so many shows being held south of the border, I feel extremely fortunate that I have a mere 30-minute drive to access the best there is in our industry all under the one roof.

For those who came along to the show to gain some valuable CPD, you would not have gone away disappointed. There was a great line-up arranged for both Friday and Saturday although I have to say I always feel sympathetic for those who have the 9am lecturing slots on the Saturday morning. For hundreds of delegates having danced the night away at the Scottish Dental Awards dinner, I applaud those who were willing and able to attend Roger Currie or Stuart Clark’s lectures on the (early) Saturday morning! 

A very hearty congratulations to all the well-deserved winners at the Scottish Dental Awards Dinner. The Friday evening event provides a chance for practice principals and staff, as well as many others from all areas of dentistry, to come along and for everyone to let their hair down (or get an up-do) for the evening and enjoy non-clinical time with friends and colleagues from what is a superb industry. 

In my now nearly 30 years in the dentistry I can truly say that I have worked with and met people who are passionate about their career and in changing the face of dentistry in the 21st century. 

So, thank you Scottish Dental for another great Show and I’ve already got my pen poised and my diary opened at April 2020…bring it on!!

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