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IN-PERSON EVENT, hosted by the BDA CDS Group

What to expect​

This year's BDA CDS Group Conference will be held at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October 2024. 

Topics include:

  • Conscious sedation or general anaesthesia for special care patients?
  • Dentistry for the homeless
  • Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ)
  • Oral health improvement in prisons
  • Saving the sixes
  • Self care

How to book

To book to attend the Friday only please use this web page.

To book to attend both days at the special 2 day rate, the Thursday or one of the social events please use the links below:

2 day rate

Thursday only

Wednesday night quiz and dinner

Thursday Black tie dinner

Please note: If you are a non-member FD/VDP and you are being charged the non-member rate please email [email protected] with your name and GDC number so we can verify your status.

Booking via a Trust?

Please complete the booking form here and email it to [email protected] so we can provisionally hold a place for you whilst you wait for approval. If your Trust requires an invoice to pay for your place please request an invoice request form when you submit your booking form.

More information

An allocation of bedrooms has been secured at a variety of hotels by Mice Concierge. To check available hotels and prices please visit their website here

The HQ hotel this year is Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket The hotel is located a short walking distance from Haymarket train and metro station.

Please email [email protected] with any dietary requirements.

There are two categories:

Clinical Case Poster – All members of the dental team working within a salaried primary care dental service (SPCDS) including trainees

Service Poster – All members of the dental team working within a SPCDS including trainees

An application form and abstract should be submitted before the closing date of Monday 12 August 2024. Full competition criteria available here.

Friday 11 October 2024

08:45 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

09:15 Welcome and housekeeping notes

09:30 Conscious sedation or general anaesthesia for special care patients?


One of the most challenging decisions in special care dentistry is how to provide safe and effective dental care for patients who are unable to tolerate even an examination whilst awake. This presentation will describe the decision making process and discuss the advantages and limitations of general anaesthesia, and conscious sedation. The talk will be illustrated with clinical cases.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will gain increased understanding of conscious sedation techniques for special care patients and indications for treatment under general anaesthesia.

Learning content

Description of sedation techniques and general anaesthesia illustrated with clinical case

Development outcome: C

Carole Ann Boyle, Clinical Lead Sedation and Special Care Dentistry Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

10:30 Poster competition presentation

10:45 Refreshments, exhibition and poster display

11:15 Accessing self care and why it is a superpower


Self-care in dentistry is not a luxury but a necessity. It enables oral healthcare professionals to sustain  their physical health, navigate emotional challenges, and maintain mental resilience, ultimately ensuring the delivery of high-quality patient care in a sustainable manner. The aim of this talk is to deliver actionable tools and techniques for attendees to take away and implement immediately.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the importance of emotional resilience in dentistry
  • Explore techniques for managing stress, fostering mindfulness, and developing coping mechanisms to navigate the emotional challenges inherent in patient care
  • Learn strategies to maintain mental well-being, such as establishing healthy work boundaries, seeking professional support, and cultivating a positive workplace culture.

Learning content
An interactive session with the opportunity to ask the speaker questions at the end.

Development outcome: B

David Rahman, Author, Speaker and Mind Coach

12:15 AGM

12:30 Lunch, exhibition and poster display (or 12:15 for non-members)

          Raffle prize winners on display

13:30 Weighing up the issues: Addressing dental care barriers for bariatric patients


To highlight the potential barriers faced by patients seeking bariatric dental care services, the  risk assessment criteria that need to be considered when delivering such a service and to address how current access issues within dental services may affect this group of patients.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the physical, logistical, medical and social barriers to accessing dental services for patients with a high BMI
  • Outline risk assessment criteria that should be considered when delivering a bariatric dental service
  • Discuss how current access issues within NHS dentistry may impact on bariatric referral criteria and availability of specialist services
  • Understand how dental treatment planning may be impacted for patients with a high BMI, taking into account the principles of realistic dentistry.

Learning content

A lecture with the opportunity to ask the speaker questions at the end.

Development outcome: A, C

Joanna Morrison, Specialist Dental Officer, Additional Needs and Priority Groups, NHS Ayrshire and Arran PDS

14:30 The patients who need us most - Ensuring equitable access for vulnerable patient groups in the CDS and PDS


The presentation will provide participants with a better understanding of how the BDA works to influence external stakeholders and lobby on behalf of the Community Dental Service (CDS) and Public Dental Service (PDS).

Learning objectives

  • Understand the political drivers underpinning the provision of dentistry for vulnerable patient
  • Explore how political decisions regarding dental service provision in the CDS and PDS are made
  • Discuss process of stakeholder engagement and how this is key to influencing political decision
  • Explain which stakeholders the BDA engages with, to further patient causes
  • Summarise elements required to develop a successful campaign.

Learning content

Participants will gain a broader understanding of the stakeholder engagement work undertaken by the BDA to promote the needs of CDS/PDS, as well as their patients.

Development outcome: B and D

Charlotte Waite, Director, BDA Scotland

15:00 Refreshments, exhibition and poster display

15:30 Oral Health Improvement in Scotland’s Prisons: Where have we been and where are we going?


To explore the history of NHS Scotland’s Oral Health Improvement Programme, the current focus, and vision for the future.

Learning objectives

  • Explore the journey to the current position of NHS Scotland’s Oral Health Improvement Programme in Scottish Prisons.
  • Understand the components of the programme and how it is currently led and delivered.
  • Explore current barriers and facilitators to oral health improvement in Prisons.
  • Explore possible options to develop oral health improvement interventions for people with experience of the justice system both within and outside of prisons.

Learning content

A lecture with the opportunity to ask the speaker questions at the end.

Development outcome: C

Niall McGoldrick, Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, University of Dundee

16:30 Close  

If you feel at all unwell, we encourage you to take a lateral flow test the evening before you are due to arrive - should your test result be positive, we ask you not to attend.

If your test is negative, but you do have symptoms of COVID-19 (a new, persistent cough; a high temperature; or loss/changes to your sense of taste or smell) we kindly request you consider not attending the event to mitigate any risk to other attendees.

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