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Hospital Dental Services Study Day

Event Type
Event Subject
Personal development
Topic Groups (Careers in Dentistry, Employment, Hospital Dentistry, Vocational training)
Wednesday 26 April 2023
09:30 - 16:45
British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 8YS, England
Natalie Bradley, Peter Gordon, Sonita Koshal, James Spencer, Nishma Sharma, Nadia Ahmed
Booking Fees
  • Essential member: £25.00
  • Expert member: £25.00
  • Extra member: £25.00
  • Senior member: £25.00
  • Non-member: £30.00
  • Student member: £25.00

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Preparing for a future in specialty dentistry

This highly popular BDA Hospital Study Day is aimed at preparing early career dentists for a future in specialty dentistry. This includes talks on building your portfolio and succeeding at recruitment as well as what the future hospital dental workforce will look like.

A Poster Competition prize aimed at DCTs, StRs and SAS grades will be announced on the day. Attendees are invited to present at this national event, showcasing the work that they have completed during their training years. The deadline for abstract submission is the Friday 3 March 2023 at Midday. 

Wednesday 26 April 2023
​09:30 - 16:45

What does the future hold for the dental workforce and hospital dental services?
James Spencer, Postgraduate Dental Dean, Health Education England

Equality, diversity and inclusivity in dentistry: It’s not black or white 
Nishma Sharma, Chair, DDAG and Clinical Advisor and Discipline Specific Practitioner PAG/PLDP, NHS England Central and South Mids

Do you know your rights? An update on current developments in hospitals dentists contracts and pay 
Peter Gordon, BMA

The BDA Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services, who are we? 
Nadia Ahmed, Chair of BDA Central Committee Hospital Dental Services

Finding your way as a hospital dentist
Sonita Koshal, Associate Dental Dean, Dental Core Training and Specialty Training

Which hat to wear today? The challenges of balancing a portfolio career
Natalie Bradley, Specialist in Special Care Dentistry and Chair of the BDA Young Dentist Committee

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

A chance to ask questions to all speakers will be facilitated after the morning and afternoon sessions.

Download a copy of the programme here
Poster competition
A poster competition is to take place on Wednesday 26 April 2023 at the BDA Hospital Dental Services Study Day. Dentists of all grades are invited to enter. 

The winners of the poster competition will be awarded a voucher (1st prize of £150 and £50 for runners up) and recognition of a prize at a national event.  
All entrants must purchase a ticket and attend the Study Day for their submission to be considered.

Please note the following deadline dates:

Friday 20th January 2023                          Invitation to submit abstracts opens
Friday 3 March 2023 – Midday                  Deadline closes for submission of abstracts
Friday 10 March 2023                                Successful abstracts will be notified
Friday 14th April - Midday                          Deadline closes for submission of posters for
Wednesday 26th April 2023                       Winners are announced
Abstracts need to be submitted no later than Midday on Friday 3 March 2023 via email to Eleanor Day

The poster competition guidelines can be found here and a copy of the entry form can be found here
Group / DivisionCentral Committee for Hospital Dental Services
​British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS


BDA members: £25

Non-members: £30

CPD4 hours and 45 minutes
What does the future hold for the dental workforce and hospital dental services?
  • Where are we now?
  • Update stakeholders on the key dental workforce recommendations linked to NHS Long Term Plan
  • Identify implications for the Dental Education Reform Programme
  • What does the future hold for HDS​?
Equality, diversity and inclusivity in dentistry: It’s not black or white 
This eye-opening and frank presentation will discuss the extent of inequalities, the impact it has on our service delivery, why it is our duty to acknowledge the problem and how we can start challenging the status quo to provide a more level playing field both in our professional and personal lives.   

Finding your way as a hospital dentist
A personal view of how to make your way up the ladder and find your own path in hospital dentistry
  • To give guidance on the many options available as a hospital dentist
  • How to choose the posts you want, apply and interview for them
  • How to build your personal portfolio, and maximise opportunities
  • How to identify your own motivations.
Which hat to wear today? The challenges of balancing a portfolio career
To explore the options of portfolio careers in dentistry and the challenges of balancing different roles.
Learning objectives
What does the future hold for the dental workforce and hospital dental services?
  • Understand the Dental Workforce
  • Describe the aims of the DERP
  • Outline next steps for the programme
  • Identify implications for HDS and career choices of recent graduates.
Equality, diversity and inclusivity in dentistry: It’s not black or white 
  • Be aware and understand bias and prejudice within dentistry and social health inequalities and how it impacts the quality of care we offer
  • Understand the 'glass ceilings' facing those with protected characteristics
  • Understand the importance of considered culturally-competent communication with patients and colleagues
  • Understand why it is important to show correct behaviours, attitudes, leadership and allyship by calling out undesirable behaviours 
  • Appreciate the work being done across the profession to create a more inclusive environment.
Finding your way as a hospital dentist
  • Learn the opportunities available within hospital for a dentist
  • Gain understanding how to develop themselves to gain desired roles
  • Develop understanding of how to be successful gaining posts
  • Gain understanding of how to discover their own motivations and goals.
Which hat to wear today? The challenges of balancing a portfolio career
  • What options are there when exploring a portfolio career in dentistry
  • Exploration of leadership opportunities in dentistry 
  • How to managing conflicts and different priorities.
Learning content
What does the future hold for the dental workforce and hospital dental services?
A lecture with the opportunity to interact with the speaker.

Finding your way as a hospital dentist
Developing a career within hospital dentistry through exploration of the options, examples and discussion with interactive elements

Which hat to wear today? The challenges of balancing a portfolio career
Portfolio careers and leadership opportunities in dentistry are becoming popular for many reasons. The flexibility and opportunities that arise from this approach in careers are attractive but managing several roles can be challenging. Natalie will explore what opportunities and options there are for younger dentists and her experiences across multiple clinical and non-clinical settings to inform how to curate your own unique career path.
Development outcomes
B, C and D
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Natalie Bradley

Natalie is a specialist in Special Care Dentistry working in the Community Dental Services in London and is UK Clinical Director for Dentaid Charity. She has experience working in hospital, practice and community settings and has completed a Leadership and Management Fellowship with the Office of the Chief Dental Officer. She is an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur, Deputy Chair for the Special Care Dentistry Managed Clinical Network in London, Chair of the BDA's Young Dentist Committee and Early Career's Ambassador for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She also has a blog, A Tooth Germ, which has reached over 1 million page views.

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James Spencer

James Spencer undertook his dental training at the University of Bristol and his Orthodontic Training at the Eastman Dental Institute in London. He is currently Consultant Orthodontist at Pinderfields Hospital. Since 2016 he has also been Postgraduate Dental Dean for Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber.

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Nadia Ahmed

Nadia was elected as Chair of the Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services in February 2022. She has been on the CCHDS committee since 2018 and has previously been the Executive SAS representative.

Nadia graduated from Sheffield Dental School in 2007 then gained experience in a number of DCT posts in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Radiology, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery and Paediatric Dentistry. She carried out her StR training in Leeds and gained her MOrth from RCS England in 2016, alongside undertaking an MSc in autotransplantation of teeth. Following completion of her StR training, she was an Associate Specialist alongside working in Specialist practice for two years. She then carried out her Post CCST training in 2018 in Birmingham Dental Hospital which led to the Fellowship in Orthodontics in 2020. During the final part of her training, she particularly enjoyed attending Birmingham’s Children’s’ Hospital to attend cleft clinics with the multidisciplinary team.

Nadia works part time as a Consultant Orthodontist, currently in a locum role and part time in Specialist Orthodontic practice.

Nadia has recently competed her PG Cert in Dental Education. She is actively involved in postgraduate education and enjoys teaching trainees. She is also a lecturer for a PG Diploma in Orthodontics for GDPs. She has contributed to a number of textbooks.

She has recently certified as a life coach and in her spare time enjoys hiking, baking, art classes, Bollywood dance and yoga.

Peter Gordon

Peter is the Acting Director of National Negotiations and Representation (NNR) at the British Medical Association (BMA). He is responsible for the oversight of several departments running negotiations for all groups of doctors and the running of national committee structures for branches of practice. He has many years of experience in negotiating and maintaining contracts at a national level and related political and campaigning activity. His role is split between negotiating, negotiating training and management. Over the course of his time at the BMA, he has held a number of roles representing doctors in the pay and policy sphere. Prior to that, he worked at Ford Motor Company, primarily in logistics and project management.

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Sonita Koshal

Sonita is a Consultant in Oral Surgery at the Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London Hospital NHS Trust. She is Associate Dean for Dental Core and Specialty for Health Education England London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Region. She is also Chair for the London Oral Surgery Managed Clinical Network for NHS England.

She completed her undergraduate dentistry degree at Guys, Kings and St Thomas School of Dentistry. She then worked in various oral and maxillofacial surgery units across London and the south east. She obtained her membership to the Faculty in Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2007. In 2011 she gained her membership in surgical dentistry and became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Sonita did her specialist training in oral surgery at the Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She also completed postgraduate certificates in medical education and healthcare management. She is also involved in postgraduate assessment and is an examiner for the MFDS, ORE and M oral surgery examinations.

She has research interests in education and technology.

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Nishma Sharma

Nishma sits as Chair of the Diversity in Dentistry Action Group, a pan professional group focussing on recognising, understanding and collaborating to help reduce health inequalities and bias within healthcare, in particular, dentistry.  She founded and established the DDAG in June 2020 within the Office of the Chief Dental Officer, (OCDO) England.
She served as a clinical leadership manager at the OCDO, and is currently an NHSE clinical advisor, a practising dentist, honorary Vice President for the BSDHT, sits on the advisory board for Dentistry magazine and is a member of the ‘Balance the Dental Boards’ group.
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