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A week in the life of a Dental Dean

24 July 2017

A week in the life of a Dental Dean

For this week’s article we are joined once again by Professor Paul Coulthard, Head of Dentistry at the University of Manchester, who returns to give us an insight into the latest news from the School of Dentistry.  


I  chaired the Greater Manchester Dental Systems Leadership Group. Richard Preece, who is the Medical Director for GM Combined Authority, joined us for part of the meeting to ask questions and pose challenges. We devoted a significant amount of time discussing Workforce Development for GM and the national context. The number and nature of our current Dental Specialties for the UK are being reviewed and so any specialty training curricula updating is on hold. We had feedback from the MCN (Managed Clinical Network) Chairs on their priorities and decided to a meeting of the Chairs are some plans for communication and the like are generic. We also heard from the Dental Advisory Group and had an update on the Oral Health Needs Assessment for GM that is happening.


The ‘Manchester Undergraduate Dental Research Society’ is seeking applications for the role of new President now, with elections for Committee Members to be held in September.


Today is the joint University Dental Hospital and Dental School Clinical Effectiveness and Audit (ACE) day meeting. We have talks about Patient Safety, Correct Site Surgery, Domestic Violence and Dentistry, The Dental Hospital and Quality. This afternoon we will be hearing about the Mental Capacity Act in Practice, Sport, Dentistry and Elite Athletes, and Socially Responsibility in Dentistry. We had a special guest, Megan Giglia MBE, British Paralympic Track Cyclist who gave an inspirational talk about her journey and oral health. She kindly brought along her Gold Olympic medal (the first GB medal of the Rio Paralympic Games 2016) and Track World Championship Gold medals for photos with students and staff!


Our undergraduate students have their last day of term today before starting their six-week vacation. Enjoy - and think of the postgraduates and staff who will be taking much less holiday! Our Boston visiting students were very jealous as they only take two-week vacation over summer, one week at Christmas (under consideration for extension to two) and one week at Easter! A lot of students are travelling widely and planning great times with families and friends. I think this is really well deserved. Our students work so hard. Have a wonderful time and come back refreshed.


This weekend I will be catching up with medical report writing and also visiting my parents. No great social events planned but who knows - sometimes the best things happen when not too much is planned!


Best wishes,

Paul Coulthard

Head of Dentistry

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