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BSDH Spring Conference 2017


What's new in clinical dentistry


Thursday 4 - Friday 5 May 2017, Liverpool




Programme Thursday 4 May  |  Programme Friday 5 May  |  Social event   |   How to book






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Sondos qualified from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1997, moving to the UK in 1998. She completed her PhD at Queens University Belfast before completing her specialists training in Paediatric Dentistry in Manchester. In 2008 she moved to Liverpool to complete her consultant training. Her research interest lies in investigating attitudes and behaviours in prevention and disease management, dental traumatology and endodontics in young people. She has an active role in the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry and is also a member of the tri-collegiate membership of paediatric dentistry examination board.  

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Colette Balmer

Colette qualified in microbiology and then dentistry in Leeds. She followed a career in oral surgery and is currently a Consultant/Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Oral surgery at Liverpool University Dental Hospital, she is also an Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean for HEE North West. She has a major interest in teaching and training and has developed and delivered lectures and courses for Dental Undergraduates; Dental Care Professionals; GDPs and Dental Postgraduates including DCTs and StRs.


Her recent national roles have included British Association of Oral surgeons Council; Advisory Board for Foundation Training in Dentistry; Advisory Board for Specialty Training; The Oral surgery pathways development group; The Oral surgery pathways implementation group and the commissioning guides production group. She is an examiner for the MFDS ; MOMs and M.Oral Surgery RCS examinations and the external examiner for the D.D.Sc Oral Surgery programme in Dublin. She sits on the SAB in Edinburgh; The Irish advisory Board and is currently the Chair of the Oral surgery SAC.

Kathryn Bebb
Kathryn graduated from the University of Liverpool Dental School in 2010. Following graduation she undertook her VT training. She then went on to hold a number of SHO posts in Liverpool, within the Dental Hospital and in CDS. Following on from this, she worked in CDS and in general practice. She returned to the University of Liverpool Dental Hospital in 2015 in her current role as clinical lecturer/honorary StR in Special Care Dentistry.
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Suzanne qualified from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1999, followed by positions in general practice and the Community Dental Service, SHO posts in CDS/Dental Public Health and at Liverpool Dental Hospital. The following seven years were spent in CDS in Liverpool then North Wales, in a variety of roles: clinic based, domiciliary, secure units and adult GA service, before returning to Liverpool as a trainee in Special Care Dentistry in 2013, having completed MDPH at the University of Manchester as part of her training programme.

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Chris graduated from Edinburgh University in 1984. He later moved to the University of Dundee where he worked at the Scottish Executive's DHSRU and the Children's Dentistry Department. He became a Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at Edinburgh Dental Institute in 2001 and took up a Chair in Paediatric Dentistry at University of Sheffield in 2006.  He was appointed Dean of the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield in 2015. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. His research interests are preventive dentistry, cariology, evidence based dentistry, research in primary care and child focused research. 

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Anne Field qualified in 1974, from Manchester Dental School. After junior posts in OMFS, she was appointed as Lecturer in Oral Medicine & Oral Surgery at Liverpool University Dental School and then Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Oral Medicine and in 2005, Clinical Director. Her research interests and publications relate to infection control in dentistry, Sjögren's Syndrome and the management of pre-malignant oral lesions. She was awarded a Honorary Chair in 2007 and elected as President of the British Society for Oral Medicine in 2009. Anne established one of the first dedicated, multidisciplinary clinics in the UK for the management of Oral Epithelial Dysplasia. She is currently a Specialist Advisor for the CQC.

Norah Flannigan
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Fadi graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1997 and completed his PhD at Queens University Belfast. He joined the University of Liverpool in 2003, he was appointed as a senior lecturer and honorary consultant in restorative dentistry in 2012 and is the joint restorative academic lead for the UG programme. Fadi is the programme director of Doctorate in Dental Science at the University of Liverpool and the lead for the endodontics specialty pathway. Fadi's research is focused on endodontic management strategies which benefit patients.  He is a member of the restorative specialty advisory board of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.

Andrew Kwasnicki

Since qualifying in Leeds in 2000 Andrew has worked across primary care practice, hospital dentistry and the community dental service. In 2011 Andrew gained entry on to the specialist least for special care dentistry and limited his practice in 2012. Andrew has interests across special care dentistry including the management of cancer patients and treatment under sedation.

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Phil Smith

Phil qualified in 1984 from Newcastle University and has been a consultant in restorative dentistry since 1998. He is Lead Clinician for Restorative Cleft Care and will be President of The British Society of Prosthodontics in 2017. He is actively involved in teaching, clinical service and research. He has published widely including authoring/co-author of three textbooks and over 70 peer reviewed publications. He is a reviewer for a number of dental journals and Assistant editor of The European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry.  

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Kathryn Taylor

Kathryn qualified from the University of Sheffield. She trained in oral and maxillofacial surgery on the AACOMS Academic Oral and Maxillofacial training pathway and was 2nd on call for oral and maxillofacial surgery for more than 10 years. Her research interests previously have been in basic cell science. She is now focussing her interests into educational research. She is teaching lead for oral diseases at the Liverpool Dental School and organises regular CPD sessions for medical emergencies, sedation and oral surgery.

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After graduation, Shelagh developed her role within Special Care Dentistry (SCD) being appointed Professor in SCD, Louis Cohen Chair in Oral Diseases, School of Dentistry, University of Liverpool and Honorary Consultant in SCD at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust. She is the current chair of International Association of Disability and Oral Health Education Committee and past chair of British Society of Disability and Oral Health (BSDH) Teachers Group. She is the Editor of Journal of Disability and Oral Health and international representative for the International Association of Disability and Oral Health. She is Past President of BSDH.

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Charlotte qualified from Liverpool University Dental School in 2012. Since then she has completed her DF1 year and DCT years 1 and 2 (in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Special Care Dentistry) within the Liverpool area before confirming her interest in pursuing a career in Special Care Dentistry. Currently Charlotte is an Academic Clinical Fellow within the Special Care Dentistry Department at Liverpool, combining her specialty training with a doctorate research degree.
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Callum Youngson

Callum qualified from Dundee in 1982 and took a house officer post in restorative dentistry at Leeds. Moved through Lecturer posts to Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant in Leeds 1997. He was appointed as Professor/Head of Unit of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Liverpool in 2004, then Head of School in 2008 until present. He is currently also Head of Institute of Clinical Sciences (Dentistry, Health Sciences & Medicine). He has sat on several national committees in restorative dentistry and currently Chairs Dental Schools Council. Clinical interests are mainly fixed prosthodontics and diagnosis of complex pain and managing toothwear.



Prize Presentation Speakers


Nicola Campbell
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​Hana Cho

Hana qualified from University of Bristol in 2012. Following her foundation training in general dental practice, Hana has completed three years of dental core training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine and Sedation. In November 2016, she was appointed as an Academic Clinical Fellow in Special Care Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Alongside her clinical training, she is undertaking a Diploma in Special Care Dentistry RCS England. 

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Richard Fitzgerald

After graduating from University College Cork, Ireland in 2014, Richard has been living in the UK and completing his Dental Core Training. From DFT in Oxford, to DCT1 Community Special Care Dentistry/Dental Public Health in King's College Hospital London, to his current DCT2 OMFS post in Leeds Teaching Hospitals; Richard has developed an interest in the provision of dental services to all communities. His other interests include the dental education of healthcare workers in developing countries, as well as the oral health of frail or palliative-care patients in the UK.

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Shazia graduated from Guys and St. Thomas' Dental Institute in 2007. For three years she worked within hospital; in oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine and restorative departments. She took up positions in various locations across the country, including the Royal Preston Hospital, Royal London Hospital, Manchester and Birmingham Dental Hospital. A combination of private practice and community dentistry over the next four years augmented her experiences, with her interest in special care dentistry stemming from my time within Northamptonshire Community Dental Services. She is currently a 2nd year specialty trainee within Oxford Health Foundation trust and hope to complete her MSc in Special Care Dentistry this September. She is particularly interested in SCD education for future generations, with her research focusing on attitudes of students towards those with special care needs.