About this event

  • Date and time Thu 2 Jul 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online

This webinar will explore the innovative learning opportunities for dental postgraduate education and training that is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During this session you will:

  • To explore the innovative learning opportunities for dental postgraduate education and training that is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Identify opportunities that arise as a response to a major challenge in the health and social care sector 
  • Define the specific challenges in implementing change at scale and how these may be addressed through adaptive leadership
  • Understand the emerging opportunities within training and education introduced through the pandemic response

A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live.

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

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Key speakers

Asha Thomson

Senior Leadership Fellow & Speciality Doctor in Oral Surgery, Clinical Teacher in Oral Surgery

Speaker's biography

Asha Thomson has a portfolio career within dentistry and is keen to highlight both within the profession and through health and social care that dentistry is not just about ‘teeth’.
Asha has carried out her undergraduate and initial postgraduate training (VT and DCT1) in Scotland before pursuing further surgical training (DCT2) in East of England. Asha then went on to successfully complete her Clinical Leadership Fellowship with Health Education England (Midlands and East) and is co-founder and current chair of M&E Dental Leadership Alumnus.
Within her current Senior Leadership Fellow Role with NHS England, Asha leads on regional change within the dental profession and supports the Local Dental Network Chair within East Anglia on integrating the profession through projects and initiatives such as Improving recruitment and retention and Improving access to urgent dental care and oral health stabilisation in hard to reach areas. Asha has co-lead and delivered workshops relating to clinical leadership at conferences such as the ‘Trailblazer’ conference hosted by the North West Deanery and the ‘Leadership and Innovation’ work shop at Midlands and East Dental Showcase. She is also a keen presenter and has presented over 40 presentations at regional/national/international level. Asha believes that inter-professional education, leadership and resilience are vital in creating the next generation of future dental leaders who vision integration with the wider health and social care system. Within her formal teaching role with Kings College, London, Asha has wide experience in Oral Surgery teaching and assessment for undergraduate dental students and within her formal Speciality Doctor role at NNUH she has experience of postgraduate teaching and project development of OMFS dental trainees. Asha is currently leading and implementing,
with her co-founders from the Dental Leadership Collaborative, the first resilience programme in a dental undergraduate curriculum in 2020 and hopes to empower and motivate the current and future generation of dentists.

Mr Andrew Dickenson

Regional Postgraduate Dean and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Health Education East Midlands

Speaker's biography

Andrew Dickenson is Regional Postgraduate Dean of Dental Education at Health Education England (Midlands & East) and an accredited Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.
Andrew has a broad experience within postgraduate medical and dental education, with an interest in the quality assurance of educational programmes, simulated learning, widening participation and career development.
On a national level he is Vice Chair of COPDEND, Lead Dean for Dental Core Training and HEE Lead on children and young people’s programmes. Currently Deputy Chair of the ISFE in Oral Surgery and member of the Board of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons, he regularly examines at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
At a regional level Andrew has an interest in rural and coastal health and has been closely involved in the development of the National Centre for Rural Health & Care. He works closely with NHSE&I to deliver unique training programmes within remote communities, including developing a PGCert course in rural health for University of Lincoln. As a core member of the national Children’s Oral Health Improvement Programme Board and the Oral Health Promotion Board at Leicester City Council he represents HEE in developing public health strategies and educational programmes aimed at improving understanding in inequality, vulnerability and social exclusion.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Deborah Bomfim, President, Odontology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Barry Quinn, Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Cranio-facial Sciences, King's College London

Dr Asha Thomson, Speciality Doctor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Senior Leadership Fellow, NHS England, East Anglia and Clinical Teacher in Oral Surgery, Kings College London

Mr Andrew Dickenson, Regional Postgraduate Dental Dean, Health Education England

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

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