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Two new reps take seats on the BDA’s Young Dentists Committee

10 September 2019

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Two new candidates have been elected for the BDA’s Young Dentist Committee (YDC), Natalie Bradley (pictured left) and Katie McDonald-Meyer (pictured right)

Two seats were being contested, with 12 candidates standing for this by-election - triggered by two existing candidates stepping down. All 21 YDC seats will be up for election again in the autumn of 2020. 

The BDA's YDC represents the voices of younger dentists, and works to improve pay and conditions, support the development of clinical skills and confidence, tackle stress and provide a network for younger dentists to share experiences.

Nikki Patel, Chair of the YDC said:

“We are delighted to welcome these two inspiring younger dentists onto the committee and look forward to harnessing their enthusiasm and skills and experience. 

“We know that younger dentists are facing a range of challenges going into practice today, and the fear of litigation and stress are very real factors, that we are working on addressing. We are also keen to ensure career pathways for young dentists are viable, and provide good prospects, career satisfaction, as well as ensuring a good work/life balance.” 

Natalie Bradley

Natalie Bradley is an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur focusing on access to dentistry for vulnerable patients and is undertaking speciality training in Special Care Dentistry. 

She has worked to develop her leadership and management skills by undertaking a clinical fellowship with the Chief Dental Officer and has done the Faculty and Medical Leadership Management Scheme. She has also held several other leadership roles including being an StR representative on the British Society of Gerodontology, on the Curation Team for TedxNHS, the Secretary for Sterling Dental Foundation and a Shift Leader for Crisis at Christmas Dental Service.

Natalie is passionate about ensuring there are opportunities for career progression and flexible career paths for younger dentists and hopes to bring her experience and voice to help ensure they are represented. 

She enjoys sharing her experience and writes a blog called ‘A tooth germ’, with the aim to inspire and support other young dentists. 

Katie McDonald-Meyer

Katie McDonald-Meyer is working as a Restorative Dental Core Trainee at Glasgow Dental Hospital, having recently completed her DFT in North London.

Since her student days, Katie has been involved with dental politics, holding the office of Vice-President and President of the Leeds DentSoc; the UK's official delegate on the European Dental Student’s Association; Secretary/Sports weekend organiser and President of the BDSA/BDA Student Committee, where she played a pivotal role representing and voicing the views of dental students across the UK, as well as initiating and setting up the annual charity week. 

Katie aims to continue to help improve the quality of working life for younger dentists and wants to take an active role in addressing the fear of litigation that many young dentists are reporting, as well as tackling the issue of stress within the profession. 

Apart from being a foodie, outside of dentistry, Katie enjoys travelling, pilates and challenging herself in the gym. 

Improving working lives for younger dentists

We support dentists at all stages of their careers and our Young Dentists Committee and GDPC Associates Group aim to be the voice of those starting out in dentistry and those mid-career.

They work on a range of issues, including pay and conditions, education and training, career pathways, the impact of dental regulation and stress in the profession, and dental health and science issues.

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