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A word from Amanda Gallie “Let me introduce myself”

amandaA big hello to all of you. For those who don’t know me here’s a potted CV: I’m Amanda and I’m a dental therapist, but I have been a wider DCP since 1990. I was a dental nurse and then a passionate dental hygienist and tutor; I became a dental therapist in 2012.

I work in education for part of the week for the deanery, Health Education East Midlands, which is the NHS body
for post-qualification education, commissioning education pieces for DCPs and helping to develop strategies and learning opportunities to fulfil NHS mandates in health delivery. I work in practice for the Oasis dental body in Stamford, which borders on the little county of Rutland where I live. Rutland is a little gem and is close to Leicester, Northampton, Lincolnshire and 45 minutes to London by train.

I sit on the Oasis advisory board and right now we are doing a project on nursing assistance within the Oasis business; it’s great to be able to provide insights on this and provide a voice for DCP’s – as a bonus my board room skills are improving all the time which is a good job with the body and type of work ahead!

As I write this we are about to travel to Manchester to get the conference set up and it’s going to be a good one. I’m not just paying lip service by saying that, we are so proud of our speaker line up and the topics they are delivering. I know they will help us explore important questions and hopefully find some answers to the current themes in the ether about age related care and where dental therapy fits in the new vision of the NHS and healthcare itself.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fiona Sandom and her team for the work and dedication they have shown over the past two years. It has indeed been a time of transition, but with a strong captain at the helm BADT has been creating wins. At this point, we are in a stronger position to serve our membership and to get involved with current dental issues which affect all of us – and could affect the generations of patients and clinicians ahead. Equally, on a positive note we are primed to create opportunities to develop our profile and position in the dental community.

Our BADT aspirations and mandate are these:
To create a greater team philosophy and get our executive committee out there to speak to the dental community, our students and members.
To gain access on to as many discussion panels as possible to get our name, brand and scope out there
– especially in NHS commissioning and lobbying with government agencies – which I know will be key going forward.
To create BADT advice sheets on how to integrate
a therapist into practice and advice for paediatric prevention and care – and to disseminate this to wider national organisations.
To get our prescribing rights ironed out, finalised
and in the Dental Act – or working our way to this destination. (We are discussing the time line and direction of travel at conference so I will update you on that in my next communication.)
To create greater educational opportunities and work with our sister/brotherly organisations such as BSDHT, BADN and BDA, BARD, BACD and BSP to connect and cross-pollinate courses, ideas and development going forward.

I look forward to the two years ahead and it will indeed be an honour to work on behalf of this great association for which have a huge fondness. I will keep in touch as much as I possibly can. I’m on Twitter and Facebook and all that good stuff, but the real low down will be here at BADT and on our website.

If you want to get involved with the future of dental therapy then please come and be a member. As they say, ‘you have to be in it to win it’ and as prevention is on the bigger agenda, now is a great time to do that.

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