Window Shopping or Serious Shopping?
Dental Showcase takes place the first week of October and if you haven’t already registered, now’s the time to do so. If you went a couple of years ago and are concerned that not much will have changed, then think again. With no other UK event attracting such a wide range of dental suppliers under one roof, there will be plenty that’s new. Whether you want to check you’re taking advantage of the latest advances in technology or want marketing or financial advice, all the leading players will be at your service.
An Exhibition First
This year, for the first time, there will be a specific day dedicated to Foundation Dentists which is being sponsored by MyDentist. One of the keynote lecture theatres will be committed to the needs of trainee dentists. Topics will cover how to bridge the gap from DFT to Associate, organising your CPD, risk management, effective treatment planning and complaint handling. As well as formal lectures, there will be a specific Foundation Dentist Hub where you can get one-on-one career advice. The opportunities don’t cease when the exhibition hall closes, for there will also be a Foundation Dentists’ Ball on Thursday 4th October on the Sunborn super-yacht, which is conveniently moored alongside Excel London. Why not organise a reunion with your former students, where you can share your FD experiences?
Education….the Passport To Your Future?
If education is your driver, then there will be no shortage of opportunities. Whether you prefer the longer length lectures by keynote speakers in the Dental Update Theatre, or would rather ‘dip in and dip out’ of shorter sessions in the Innovation Theatre. There’s a lot of focus this year on the NHS, with its landmark birthday, so maybe you want to learn more about what the government is doing to support dentistry. Sarah Hurley, CDO for England, will be talking each morning about the development and provision of NHS dental services. There’s also a specific CDO Zone should you want to discuss matters with Sara or one of her representatives. Whatever you need to know, Showcase is the place to find answers!
It’s Good to Talk
Dental Showcase provides an invaluable opportunity to network. All key associations will be in attendance, so you can discuss matters pertinent to your community whether you’re a dentist, hygienist, nurse or practice manager. If perio is your passion, then talk to the BSP, or if ortho enthuses you, then the BOC will be on hand to support, listen and advise.
Exhibitions are social events too and there’s plenty to do whilst you’re at Dental Showcase. A host of catering options will provide an opportunity for you to informally catch up during the day with colleagues or you could take the fun up a notch and attend the ‘Boat Bash’ being hosted by Dental Sky on the Sunborn on Friday 5th October, all profits of which go to the charity BrushUpUK. The evening will consist of two parts. The downstairs bar will have live music, canapés, a vintage photo booth, as well as charity events such as auctions and raffles. The second part of the evening will be in an exclusive bar at the top of the yacht, where there will be a casino night, complete with vodka luge!
To register, or for more information, visit dentalshowcase.com.