Concern was expressed about
the pressure on places for dental foundation training, and the process
for allocation of places. According to a COPDEND press release in mid
January, there were 1172 applications for places in 2013. 1153 eligible
applicants were invited to interview, including 109 from EU dental
schools and 17 from other countries.1138 of these attended for interview
in the last week of November. 952 available places were allocated in
the first round, with 24 allocated to February schemes and the remainder
for August. 161 individuals were currently on the waiting list for the
second round of place allocations.
The BDA provides advice to those on the reserve list, and intends to run
a survey again this year about the process from final year students.
The Association also provided a series of lectures between September and
November 2012 to help UK students prepare for the interviews and these
were well received.
The decline in
young dentist involvement in several branches was reported on, and
concern about the way in which demographic progression was affecting
active member involvement locally. PEC members in attendance reported
that engagement with younger members had been a particular focus in
recent strategy development.
planning was another concern, and questions raised about the possible
establishment of a new dental academy in Leicester.
members of the council had commented on GDC consultation documents
regarding direct access and CPD they had not been informed of the final
version of the BDA’s submissions. It was agreed that these would be
circulated, and that in future council members should be sent BDA final
About the Council
The English Council shall as a
minimum consist of the following voting members: one member elected from
each branch within England. The English Council shall not be comprised
of more than 30 voting members elected from the branches
English Council represents all BDA members regardless of field of
practise or contract satus. Only post BDS members are eligible to stand
A full list of members can be found to the left.
The current Chair of the Council is Jim Lafferty, a GDP from Sheffield.
The Council will next meet on;
10.30am Saturday 29 June
10.30am Friday 25 October
If you would like further information regarding the English Council please contact Ian Morley on 0207 563 5841