Anna Dargue
BAOS Council Member

By the time you read this we will be well into 2017, but as I write I am still in new year, new opportunities and planning for the year ahead. And what a year ahead it is going to be with so many fabulous BAOS events to attend!

Julie Burke, our new BAOS secretary, has organised a comprehensive two-day core CPD course for you to fulfil many of your CPD requirements.  The course is being held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th May.

The GDC ‘highly recommend’ several topics as part of your minimum verifiable CPD of 75 hours per five-year cycle.  These topics are:

  • Medical Emergencies – at least 2 hours/year
  • Disinfection and Decontamination – at least 5 hours in every cycle
  • Radiography and Radiation protection – again at least 5 hours in every cycle
  • The GDC also recommend you cover some other topics which contribute to patient safety, although they don’t specify how long you should spend on them. These include:
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Complaints handling
  • Oral cancer: early detection
  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults

So for £265 (early bird fee) you can tick off 12 hours of your CPD for 2017, as well as enjoying time to network with your fellow oral surgery colleagues over the tea-breaks!  Donald Thomson, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist at Dundee will cover radiation protection in detail (and cover half of your cycle requirement). Aubrey Craig is highly qualified to update you on legal and ethical issues and complaints handling as head of the dental division of MDDUS.  Christine Whitworth, a general dental practitioner in Liverpool and infection control advisor to the FGDP is going to talk about disinfection and decontamination. Professor Jim McCaul , Consultant Maxillofacial surgeon will speak about the early detection of oral cancer and is the RCS/BAOMS lead for research in Maxillofacial surgery.  There is also a session on safeguarding children and young people by Graeme Wright, Consultant in paediatric dentistry, and of course not forgetting an update on medical emergencies by our very own Julie Burke and Kate Taylor, who are both ALS and ATLS trained.

As a further bonus, there is an update in sedation (Simon Morrow), a dentist and sedation practice inspector for some of the health boards in Scotland, and also Nick Palmer, who many will recognise is the author of the FGDP guidelines on antimicrobial prescribing and will talk about the highly topical area of antimicrobial resistance.

Don’t delay, the early bird fee ends on 28th February…..

We are also pleased to announce that the educational programme for the BAOS conference in Belfast will shortly be revealed so you can make more decisions about study leave and educational updates for the year ahead.  It’s straightforward to get to Belfast, both Belfast International airport and Belfast City airport (which is slightly closer to the centre) connect to 20 major UK airports. Many of these have their flights already open and were about £25 each way when I looked.  Obviously the sooner you book the greater the cost saving, however it’s still likely to be cheaper than a train-fare!  There is a bus service from the airport into central Belfast and most connect to the Europa Bus centre which is just around the corner from the Europa hotel, and our venue for the conference.

The social nights have however been finalised for the conference. Wednesday night you will need your sea-legs for a trip on the “Nomadic”. This is the vessel that used to ferry the passengers in Southampton onto the Titanic. It has been restored and sits in the harbour just beside the Titanic slipway and Titanic exhibition centre. It is walking distance from the Europa (although probably not in high heels..) The Thursday night formal dinner will take place in the historic Belfast City Hall. This is definitely walking distance from the Europa hotel. There are plenty of reasonably priced hotels in the centre of Belfast, but you are advised to book early as they fill up quickly with tourists.

Also coming up, there is a study day in Edinburgh organised by the Scottish BAOS regional reps on 31st March, with a hands-on soft tissue management and socket preservation masterclass available the following day.  A Newcastle study day is planned for 7th April, and two further study days at the end of May in Canterbury and Birmingham are also being organised by our regional reps.

So it seems there’s lots of great choices for CPD for the year ahead and just too little time…

Anna Dargue
BAOS Council member and BOAS Regional Rep Coordinator