All inclusive

Behind every good business are good people. It is important for all members of the team to broaden their skills and scope of practice by attending industry events such as this year’s BDIA Dental Showcase (17-19 October 2019, Birmingham NEC). This all-inclusive event offers something for everyone.

Firstly, there are over 300 exhibitors attending, who will be showcasing everything from sundries to digital equipment. They’ll be plenty to peruse, and every possible individual interest and specialty will be catered for. Rather than try and grab five minutes with a rep between appointments, you’ll be able to really grill the trade on the latest innovation and look, touch, feel, and ‘play’ with the products. Dental Showcase has more trade exhibitors than any other industry event. What’s more, it takes place over three days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – so you can schedule the team’s attendance, meaning no loss of business.

New this year, for the ‘techies’, is a Digital Workflow Theatre, sponsored by DD, where you’ll be able to have a peak into ‘tomorrow’s world’ and see how technology is changing within dentistry. There will be plenty of hands-on opportunities, ideal if you’re considering any capital purchases or simply want to add a few items to your ‘wish list’.

Also new for 2019 is the Practice Owners’ Lounge, sponsored by Dentsply Sirona. Complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day in this exclusive environment, giving principals an ideal area to have informal talks with peers or professionals in the dental trade in a relaxed, private environment.

People attend Dental Showcase for different reasons, and although many are lured by the opportunity to look at what’s available to buy, some come simply for the educational opportunities. This year’s lecture programme has again been designed to be broad in its scope, making it beneficial to all. For example, Abdul Osman, a dental surgeon from Face Dental, will be looking at communication strategies and how they can impact both patient and team perspectives. He will also explore the popular concept of mindfulness within a dental setting, and how you can benefit by sensing the present rather than rehashing the past or trying to imagine the future.

Something all team members need to be aware of are the GDC standards and how to ensure compliance; nobody wants to fall foul of these regulations and ignorance is never an acceptable defence. The safeguarding of vulnerable adults is another example of a lecture relevant to all practice. Identifying concerns and knowing what protocols to follow will empower the whole dental team.

You can top up your CPD with practical lectures giving insight into the latest research on procedures you employ daily. This was the remit for this year’s Dental Update Theatre, sponsored by DMG, where the focus will be on restorative topics, providing visitors with relevant knowledge they can apply in practice.

All industry associations will be represented under one roof in a designated ‘Associations Hub’. So if you’ve ever wanted to have your say with the BDA, or ask the BSDHT about their upcoming conference or discuss membership benefits with either of the two nursing associations, this is the place to do it.

Dental Showcase shouldn’t be all work and no play and the ideal place for everyone to let their hair down is the Bridge2Aid ‘bash’ on the Friday evening. This is always a fun night and a great way to celebrate the charity’s achievements whilst raising much-needed funds to fight the causes of poverty in the developing world. To register visit

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