Book your place at the first Welsh Dental Symposium

Public Health Wales, the Welsh Government and the Welsh Dental Committee are to host the first Welsh Dental Symposium in March.

The two events in North and South Wales will run on 1 March at the Ramada Plaza, Wrexham and 13 March at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff – click the links to register for your chosen location.

All professionals with an in interest in oral health and dentistry in Wales are encouraged to attend the symposium including those working in community dental teams, hospital-based staff, Health Board employees and colleagues working for NHS Dental Services, the Wales Deanery, and the School of Dentistry in Cardiff.

The events will feature a variety of inspiring speakers, breakout sessions and a marketplace area, which will provide plenty of opportunities to have your voice heard and to get involved in discussions about what’s happening in the world of dentistry in Wales.

Highlights of the symposium will include:

-          Improving Oral Health and Dental services contributing to Prosperity for All

-          General Dental Services Reform Programme

-          Innovation in Dentistry

Chief Dental Officer for Wales, Dr Colette Bridgman, said: “We are delighted to be able to run these two events across Wales, which are hopefully the first of many more to come.

“If you’re interested in hearing about oral health improvement and shaping change in dentistry in Wales I invite you to come along; we’re keen to hear your opinions and ideas.

”Prosperity for All: the national strategy confirms that the Welsh Government is serious about ‘taking significant steps to shift our approach from treatment to prevention’.

“Contract reform is needed across dental services in Wales and is a significant part of the dental response to Prosperity for All, a programme involving 23 dental practices is up and running in Wales. You’ll be able to find out more at the symposium.”

Anup Karki, Consultant in Dental Public Health, said: “Dental symposiums will provide a platform for discussion about the opportunities and challenges we face in improving the oral health of our population and in making dental services across Wales sustainable.

“The programme for our first symposium covers key priority areas in Wales and I’m very much looking forward to exploring these further.”

Warren Tolley, Chair of the Welsh Dental Committee said: “There is no charge to attend this conference, but please make sure you can attend before booking your place; running such an event comes at a considerable cost and we want to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from the symposium.”

There is still space available for small display stands in the marketplace area; we are particularly interested in hearing from individuals, or teams, who are doing innovative work in the dental field. If you’re interested in having a stand please email Raylene.Roper@wales.nhs.uk.

Visit the event pages to secure you place – register for North Wales here and South Wales here.