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West of Scotland Branch

Women in Dentistry - A comparison of two contrasting careers - Webinar

Please note that online bookings for this webinar have now closed. If you still wish to attend or have a query relating to the webinar please email

Wednesday 10 March 2021


19:00 - 20:30

Branch / Section

West of Scotland Branch


Free to attend

Please note: As this is a webinar, it is essential for all attendees to provide a unique email address at the point of registration.

CPD1 hour 30 minutes

To examine career routes within modern dentistry and encourage colleagues to aspire to any role in the profession. To explore both clinical and non-clinical options, particularly within general dental practice and the field of law and ethics.

Learning objectives
  • Appreciate the range of opportunities and career routes within modern dentistry
  • Understand the changing nature and gender balance of the dental profession
  • Encourage colleagues to aspire to any role in dentistry irrespective of gender.
Learning contentTo aid understanding of the changing nature, and gender balance, of dentistry and the aim that all colleagues aspire to any role in the profession. To highlight a range of non-clinical options, particularly within the field of law and ethics and the roles of dentolegal adviser or expert witness.
Development outcomesB and D

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Helen Kaney 

BDS LLB Dip LP MBA FFGDP (UK) FFFLM FCGDent, Dentolegal Consultant and Head of Dental Services, Scotland, MPS

Helen graduated from Glasgow University in 1987. After working in general dental practice she studied law and qualified as a solicitor, working for several Scottish law firms who acted for indemnity organisations before joining the Medical Protection Society/Dental Protection in 2009. She now leads one of MPS’ medico and dentolegal services teams assisting medical and dental members in the UK and internationally. She completed an MBA in 2013. She is a Fellow and elected Board Member of the FGDP(UK), a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and a foundation Fellow of the College of General Dentistry.


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Patricia Thomson

After graduating from Glasgow University in 1983 Patricia entered general practice. In 1985 she assumed practice ownership which she continued until selling her practice in 2017. She now works part time as an Associate Dentist. Patricia has practised Orthodontics throughout her career, having undertaken a clinical attachment in 1992 at GDH, and gaining an MSc in Primary Dental Care with an interest in Orthodontics in 2013. She is Member and National Board Member of FGDP(UK), Member of RCPSG, Foundation Member of the College of General Dentistry, and Fellow of the International College of Dentistry.

How to book / enquiries

Online (individual bookings only)

Login to the BDA website first.

Then use the pink 'Register' button at the top right of this page.

Please note: If you have a GDC number you can use the online system. You do not need to be a BDA member.

If you do not already have a BDA website username and password, fill in the form and we'll set you up with a username and temporary password.

By booking form - email


By telephone 

Call the Events team on 020 7563 4590 to book over the phone (open Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00).

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Full terms and conditions (including cancellation policy)

Please note
This webinar is hosted by a BDA Section. It is only possible to access the live session.

The BDA Benevolent Fund:
The charity supporting all undergraduate dental students, dentists and their dependents, living in the UK who are in financial need.

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