About this event

  • Date and time Thu 15 Oct 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online

This webinar will be a chance to reflect on the ever-changing pandemic climate as it stands in relation to dental professionals. Speakers will briefly review the risks and latest developments in the prevention of transmission of COVID-19 within dental surgeries and spaces. 

During this webinar you will:

  • Be aware of the medico-legal challenges of COVID 19 in dentistry
  • Be informed of the new risks associated with SARS- CoV-2 and their prevention in the dental practice

This will be a chance to examine the most up-to-date news on COVID-19 and the implications for the dental specialty.

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Key speakers

Dr Caroline Pankhurst

Senior Clinical Teacher, King's College London Dental Institute

Speaker's biography

Dr Caroline Pankhurst is a dentist and Specialist in Oral Microbiology and was formerly a Senior Lecture in Oral Microbiology at King’s College London Dental Institute. She has published extensively in the fields of oral medicine, oral microbiology, and dental unit waterlines including two books on infection control namely “Control of Infection Guidelines for General Dental Practice ” & “Basic Guide to Prevention and Infection Control in Dentistry”. She is actively involved in postgraduate dental education and was a finalist in the e- Learning Awards 2012. She served two terms on the SAC in Medical Microbiology, Royal College of Pathologists.  Caroline was a member of Editorial Boards of “Primary Dental Care” & BMC Oral Health, and President of the BDA Metropolitan Branch in 2006. She served two terms as an elected member on the BDA Central Committee for Dental Academic Staff & is a Council member of the BDA Metropolitan Branch. She is a Trustee of two medical charities the Fungal Infection Trust and the Affordable Health Care Initiative.

Stephen Henderson

Head of the Dental Division, Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Speaker's biography

Stephen Henderson is Head of the Dental Division of Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland. He is also a specialist in Oral Surgery and up until the first lockdown was still in clinical practice 2 or 3 days a month. In his career, he has worked in various OMFS units and in 1989went into first general then specialist practice. In 2000, he started working for one the professional indemnity providers, gaining experience in all aspects of medico-legal practice in both the UK and internationally. His particular interest has always been professional regulation and complex claims. He completed a masters in medical law in 2005. In 2007, he became a full-time dent-legal adviser.


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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

Reflections on COVID-19 and dental infection control risks: Where are we now?

Dr Caroline Pankhurst, Senior Clinical Teacher, King's College London Dental Institute

Stephen Henderson, Head of the Dental Division, Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Panel discussion
Close of meeting



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

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This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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