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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 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 Thursday only please use this web page.

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

2 day rate

Friday 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.

Thursday 10 October 2024

Murrayfield, Edinburgh

08:45 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

09:15 Introduction, Valedictory address and Installation of President

09:30 Welcome to Edinburgh

09.50 Saving the sixes - The judgement calls


To give an update on modern approaches to cariology with particular emphasis on managing compromised first permanent molars in children.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will gain knowledge of the ICDAS cariology classification system and care planning as well as managing Molar Incisor Hypoplastic/Hypomineralised enamel defects in children’s first permanent molars
  • Discuss current orthodontic management guidelines for FPMs and the challenge of determining the long term prognosis.

Learning content

A lecture presenting previous and recent research, publications and case examples.

Development outcomes: C

Marie-Therese Hosey, Professor of Clinical Paediatric Dentistry, King’s College London

10:50 Refreshments, exhibition and poster display

11:15 Hard to reach people, or hard to reach services? 


People who face social exclusion face significant barriers to accessing dental care. 36% of people who experience homelessness have accessed Accident & Emergency departments for dental issues and 15% have resorted to pulling their own teeth out because they weren't able to get to a dentist. We will learn which groups face social exclusion and why they find accessing dentistry challenging. The talk will give practical solutions to overcome barriers to care and the innovative and inclusive approach Dentaid has to caring for these communities.

Learning objectives

  • Understand barriers to dental care for these groups
  • Discuss practical solutions for dental professionals to overcome these barriers
  • Learn about the services Dentaid the dental charity offers in the UK.

Learning content

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

Development outcomes: A, B, C, D

Natalie Bradley, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry and Clinical Director, King’s College London

12:15 Lunch, exhibition and poster display

13:15 BONJ - MRONJ - The light bulb moments - A clinicians experience and personal perspective over several decades


To highlight the development of knowledge around the us of MRONJ drugs and how they may impact on short, medium and long term dental care. This will be illustrated by short vignettes.

Learning objectives

  • Understand about the drugs that are implicated in MRONJ
  • Outline the factors to consider in the short, medium  and long term dental treatment planning for those patients on or about to commence MRONJ inducing drugs
  • Discuss possible alternative treatment plans as a patient centred approach to care.

Learning content

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

Gillian Greenwood, Retired Consultant in Special Care Dentistry

Development outcomes: A, B, C, D

14:15 Reaching the parts other surgeons cannot reach


To understand the current limitations of traditional trans-oral surgery and appreciate alternative techniques to aid the ablative surgeon.

Learning objectives

By the end of this lecture participants should be able to understand the various methods of head and neck cancer resection and in which circumstances supplementary techniques might be of value.  

Learning content

The lecture will consider traditional trans-oral surgery in addition to access operations such as mandibulotomy and the developing role of robotic surgery to obviate traditional in line-of-sight issues.

Development outcome: C

Cyrus Kerawala, Consultant Maxillofacial / Head and Neck Surgeon, The Royal Marsden Hospital, London 

15:15 Save the date – CDS conference 2025

15:20 Refreshments, exhibition and poster display

15:50 Realistic dentistry in older people

Session details to follow

Susan Baines, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Western General Hospital Dental Department 

16:50 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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