Membership of your local branch or section is open for all BDA members – getting together with your peers is a great way of finding out what's going on in the world of dentistry, topping up your CPD, and gives you the chance to let off a bit of steam too.
Here's five good reasons why you should join your local group:
- Across the UK, there are 21 branches and many more divided into regional sections – find your local group here.
- There are seven young dentists groups across the UK – if you're area doesn't currently have one, get in touch and we can help kick-start one for you.
- Branches and sections are a great place to meet like-minded people and give you access to potential mentors or even future employers.
- Learning and CPD: during October, more than 18 local events are taking place across the UK, giving you a chance to learn and gain CPD
- Giving something back: lots of our branches and sections fundraise and get involved in charity or community work, having fun and learning new skills.
And don't just take our word for it, here's what some of our members say:
"Getting engaged with your branches or section is really important: you get to see how essential it is for us as a profession to stay together, particularly in the current difficult climate for dentistry."
Allan Franklin, Chair, Oldham/Rochdale Section
"When I first came to the East Midlands I didn't know anyone and I wanted to meet other young dentists in the area, so I decided to help set up the group. I really enjoy putting the events together, networking and reaching out to people, it helps to support me on both a personal level and further my professional career."
Richa Gupta, East Midlands Young Dentist Group
"You don't know what's going on until you get involved: don't just grumble on the sidelines. The BDA isn't them, it is you and us. Join us and you will get a lot more out of your career."
John Strevens, Secretary, BDA Southern Counties Branch
"I think it's important to meet with your colleagues, so you have a support network. Branches and sections are not just CPD, it's also about keeping up to date and discussing issues with colleagues. Dentists need to act together. If you want positive change, get involved and have a voice"
Bridget Ashton, Plymouth Section
"I want the South Wales area to be more active. With everything that is happening, it's more important to have people united. The more members we have, the more we can influence decisions and be a strong union."
Behrooz Khoshooee, Treasurer, BDA South Wales Branch