New speakers announced for SDS 2024

08 April, 2024 / editorial
 Will Peakin  

With more than 130 exhibitors and 60-plus educational sessions, the Scottish Dental Show is a must-attend event for the profession

The education programme features 60-plus lectures and workshops across the two days presented by 50-plus speakers, covering all eight GDC recommended topics as well as clinical expertise, dental education, wellbeing and sustainability.

There are sessions dedicated to dental nurses, hygienists and therapists, and practice managers. The business and finances of dentistry will be covered by experts in their field. The programme also includes an update from the Scottish Government on the reform of NHS dentistry.

With the programme delivered by a selection of world-class speakers and more than 130 exhibition stands, the Scottish Dental Show is a must-attend event for the profession.

Among those speaking is Brian Millar, Professor of Blended Learning in Dentistry, King’s College London. Professor Millar is Programme Director for the internationally popular Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics MClinDent course.

With 43 years’ experience in clinical practice, he is an active specialist clinician in both hospital and private practice, particularly in treating tooth wear, aesthetic and occlusal problems utilising minimally invasive philosophies where possible. He was also involved in setting up online referrals and triage in restorative dentistry and improved referral pathways for the NHS.

Professor Millar’s Lecture is titled Smile design: how to design and create aesthetic restorations and he will be speaking at 3pm on Friday 31 May and 12.30pm on Saturday 1 June.

Also speaking is Dr Simon Crewe, forensic odontologist. Dr Crewe has practised as a forensic odontologist since 1999 but acted as an assistant for many years previously. He appears for the prosecution and defence in criminal cases and as a single joint expert in civil procedures. He works for the coroner in identification cases and has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in a similar capacity.

Dr Crewe’s ‘non-forensic’ work includes relief and development activities with several charities in West Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. His lecture, Forensic odontology, is at 9am on Friday 31 May and 8.30am on Saturday 1 June.

New to the show are sessions on sustainability and practice management. Tracy Doole will be Spilling the tea on sustainability! (12pm Friday 31 May). A dental hygienist, Tracy is involved with the BSDHT, in her local region of Northern Ireland, and recently was elected to the Executive Council of the BSDHT.

She is extremely passionate about providing oral health care to her patients and sustainability at home and work. Tracy has helped implement several sustainable protocols within her practices, to help reduce the impact the dental team and patients have on the planet.

Lisa Bainham, of Practice Management Matters, will be hosting two workshops: Bite club: the first rules of creating an outstanding patient journey (3pm Friday 31 May) and Pulp friction: managing conflict and drama with your team and patients (1.30pm Saturday 1 June). Lisa has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience over her last 24 years as a practice manager and is now supporting other practice managers in her role as president of The Association of Administrators and Managers.

Other speakers include Professor Paul Tipton, Dr Tariq Ali, Dr Lisa Currie, Tom Ferris, Dr Gillian Leslie, David Claridge, Dr Barry Oulton, Dr Tariq Bashir, Siobhan Kelleher, Lauren Long, Professor Peter Mossey, Richard O’Brien, Dr Philip Friel, Dr Sachin Jauhar, Fiona Andrews, Emma O’Keefe, Kayleigh Robinson, Illona McLay, Aubrey Craig, Flora Couper, Stephen Pryce, Gurjit Pall, Roy Hogg, Dr Mike Gow, Dr Arshad Ali, Dr William Keys, Dr Andrea Rodriguez, Dr Audrey Kershaw, James Green, Dr Mital Patel, Dr Clement Seeballuck and Mary Gonzalez.

The programme covers all eight of the GDC’s Highly Recommended and Recommended topics:

  • Medical Emergencies
  • Disinfection and Decontamination
  • Radiography and Radiation Protection
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Complaints Handling
  • Oral Cancer: early detection
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

GDC topic speakers include Nick Beacher, Christine Park, Julie Willis, Professor Mike Lewis, Natalie Cook, Professor Mark Greenwood, Aubrey Craig, Emma Riley, Ian Corbett and Professor James McCaul.

The education programme at the Scottish Dental Show 2024 can provide up to 10 hours of verifiable Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in compliance with the General Dental Council’s Enhanced CPD scheme regulations.

Running throughout both days of the show will be NSK Ikigai hands-on workshops: Piezo tip selection, air-polishing and maintaining composites hosted by Siobhan Kelleher and Lauren Long (see for more details and to book).

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