This years’ Clyde Munro Clinical Conference was another huge success!
The event was held at the Stirling Court Hotel on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th October. On the Friday evening, Associates, Hygienists, Therapists and some of the Support Team enjoyed a beautiful meal in a stunning setting which offered a great chance for everyone to network and introduce themselves to other members of the Clyde Munro Team!
After a great night of delicious food and drinks, one of our speakers, Bobby Broadfoot, ran a Saturday morning yoga class to prepare everyone for a day of learning and CPD.
Our first speaker was Professor Jonathan Sandler who discussed how to determine when orthodontic treatment is indicated as well as the importance of starting orthodontic treatment at an appropriate age.
About Jonathan Sandler
Jonathan is one of only four British Orthodontics with European Board Certification as well as the author of over 125 peer-reviewed publications. Jonathan was Chairman at the World of Orthodontics Conference in London 2015, was President of the Angle Society of Europe in 2017 & 2018 and is currently President of the British Orthodontic Society.
Jonathan has a number of qualifications in Orthodontics and was also an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and ISFE Examiner Royal College of Surgeons of England. Jonathan has been an Examiner for the European Board of Orthodontics for the past 3 years.
Next up was Bobby Broadfoot who discussed how to build resilience and handle stress within the dental practice. He spoke about his tips for reducing the impact of stress, how to recognise the signs of stress in both yourself and in colleagues and knowing which actions to take during stressful situations.
About Bobby Broadfoot
After twenty years as a GDP in Ayrshire, Bobby became the Regional Advisor for the West of Scotland Vocational Training Schemes.
After 5 years in a senior management post with Greater Glasgow Health Board, involving a stressful reorganisation, the opportunity of a stress management qualification seemed like a good idea. The Diploma in Stress Management (DSM) proved invaluable in his next role as Dento-legal Advisor with Dental Protection.
Although now retired, Bobby has spoken on the subject of managing the stress of life in a dental practice at various conferences and training events over the past 10 years.
As a trained yoga teacher he has been able to help various members of the dental team with the physical as well as the mental impact of work-related stress.
As prevention is always better than cure he is committed to encouraging the development of personal and team resilience.
We then had a presentation from Kathryn Gardiner about mindfulness. Kathryn took a hands-on approach and asked the associates to participate in a relaxation exercise, something that will be very beneficial for a busy day in the practice!
About Kathryn Gardiner
After many years working in further and higher education, Kathryn made the decision to change direction and retrained as a Counsellor. Kathryn work’s for a small charity, MindMosaic Counselling and Therapy, and has a small private practice. Kathryn sees clients who bring a variety of issues, anxiety, depression, loss, change, trauma and offers Talking Therapy, Trauma Therapy and Mindfulness.
Karthyn is also a member of the Mindfulness Association and continues to study with them to enhance my practice.
Steven Purcell spoke about his personal experience of stress and anxiety, what he has learnt from these experiences, his coping mechanisms and how these coping adaptions changed all aspects of his life.
About Steven Purcell
Steven is currently the director of Twenty Ten Consultancy which he founded in 2010. Twenty Ten is a small, highly specialised team working in strategic planning consultancy, communications and business development, headquartered in Glasgow and advising public, private and third sectors throughout the UK and beyond. Steven is also the former Leader of Glasgow City Council.
Last but certainly not least was Neil Taylor who gave a great talk on effective complaint handling covering how to understand the process of notifying a complaint, the issues surrounding integrity and answering a complaint and the law in relation to complaint notification.
About Neil Taylor
Neil is qualified in Dentistry, Law and a retired five-year member of the Faculty of Advocates. Neil qualified as a Dental Surgeon in 1991 from the University of Glasgow. Whilst in practice as a General Dental Practitioner for 13 years Neil obtained a Law degree in 2003, with an interest in pursuing a career in medico-legal/dento-legal work.
Neil obtained a diploma in legal practice and after a period as a solicitor, he embarked upon a one year devilling course at the Faculty of Advocates. Neil is an excellent defender with an extremely high success rate. In order to provide a service to dentists in Scotland Neil has resigned from the Bar. With the unique qualifications that Neil has, he is an excellent defender, mediator, negotiator and mitigator. Neil’s main interests are fraud, negligence, professional misconduct, regulation and statutory interpretation.
As you can see, we were extremely lucky to have such interesting guest speakers at this year’s conference. Between the exceptional meal, yoga and variety of speakers, the Clyde Munro Clinical Conference succeeded our expectations and we already cannot wait for next year!
A huge thank you to our speakers and to everyone that attended!