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Professor Paul Coulthard's Latest Blog

26 January 2018

Professor Paul Coulthard's Latest Blog

This week I signed an International Academic Agreement with the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, São Paulo Campus. This agreement has been led by Dr Nick Silikas. We had an earlier Memorandum of Understanding with the Faculty of Dentistry at Baurú Campus signed last year with the collaboration led by Dr Tanya Walsh. The University of São Paulo is huge and has more than one Dental School!

I Chaired the Dental System Leadership Group (DSLG) for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). Deborah Moore presented the results of an Oral Health Needs Assessment for GM that was just completed. There were many stark facts about poor oral health in children but also the growing ageing population has started to have real effect. There is potentially greater unmet need for dental care for adults with disabilities in GM than there is for children. This is going to have implications for the skills required of general dental practitioners. We also discussed the HEE consultation ‘Advancing Dentistry’. The concluding high-level report is to go to the HEE Executive in April for their view whether this workforce planning idea is to be pursued further or not.

I taught a postgraduate OMFS session about Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) amongst clinics and an operating list at which we welcomed Dr Evgeny Kushnerev, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Registrar in Oral Surgery.

Professor Anne-Marie Glenny, Dr Nick Silikas and Professor Julian Yates have been involved in meetings around postgraduate taught programme management.

Today I am at the Dental School of Barcelona University, Spain, having been invited to discuss the potential for collaborative research and student exchange. I am also to give a talk to postgraduate students about 'Oral surgery, the emergency patient and antithrombotic therapies’, and I’m to be interviewed by a reporter from the Spanish dentistry magazines, Maxillaris.

Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, Professor Ian Greer, is to leave his role at the University of Manchester to become President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast. No date or successor for Professor Greer have been announced as yet.

The British Society for Disability and Oral Health (BSDH) have an Undergraduate Essay Prize (with award of £300) for undergraduate dentists, therapists and hygienists. The essay should satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

•         Involve subject related to provision of dental care for people with severe disability or medical history and demonstrate good team working

•         An audit, service improvement or research of relevance to special care dentistry

•         Resulted in improved clinical practice or service for special care patients

The winning essay will be considered for publication in the Journal for Disability and Oral Health. Applicants should submit a 2500 word essay in English, original and clearly written, and structured according to the guidance at Closing date is 4th March 2018 and there may be an opportunity for the winner to give an oral presentation at BSDH Conference, 26th/27th April 2018.

There is a free Lecture 6th February at 7.00pm, ‘What can Dentists do for Children with Cleft Lip and Palate?’ by Dr Joanna May, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Dental Health Unit/ NW Cleft Network. MANDEC.

This weekend I will be in Barcelona continuing to meet with university staff but also having some free time before returning to Manchester on Sunday. I’m been taken out for dinner tonight, late of course, as is the Spanish way! Imogen has now finished university exams, until they start again in May/June. I’m pleased for our students that exams are just at the end of the year!

Best wishes,

Paul Coulthard

Head of Dentistry

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