Memorandum by the Dental Technologists
Association (DS 27)
From 1 August 2008, dental technicians
will be required to be on a recognised course, or to hold a current
registrable qualification in dental technology.
There will be an ongoing and increasing
need for CPD, much of which will come at a cost to the individual.
There will be an increased cost to
employers with employees requiring time off to fulfil their CPD
obligations and formal training where the individual is on a recognised
course other than full time.
Due in part to the effects of the
new contract and forces in the dental technology market from overseas
dental laboratories, UK laboratories will be wanting to move into
developing a more specialised high tech and customer orientated
service. This will generate the need for high end courses, for
developing these skills, and to attract the higher calibre of
student into taking up dental technology as a worthwhile career
I would like the Health Committee to take a
fresh look at the funding of dental technology education nationally.
Education for Scotland has made some steps in the right direction
by starting a fully funded vocational training scheme for dental
technicians and fund free CPD for Scottish technicians. Why is
England so far behind in regard to this matter?
I would like to see this Health Committee put
forward the kind of recommendations that would help build an inclusive
and rewarding scheme to address all of the matters outlined above.
To not only enable UK based dental technicians to meet their obligations
under their registration with the GDC but help create world leading
dental technologists providing world beating solutions to the
wider dental team, and to patients.
Paul Mallett RDT