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GSK Talking Points 2010 – Higgy, Mike and John hit the road!

GSK Talking Points 2010

It might be election night, but the GSK Talking Points in Dentistry 2010 series is now well under way and visits Watford tonight, following Southampton and London earlier in the week.

Roy Higson, Mike Wanless and John Tiernan then move on to Falkirk, Newcastle, Leeds, Bolton and Solihul before finally finishing in Bristol on the 20th May, just in time for the big BSOS meeting of the year at Stratford-upon-Avon with Okeson and Tanaka.

If you don’t have tickets, it’s too late, they sold out weeks ago. Anyone going to Leeds will have to suffer sharing the place with 10 of our practice staff – do come over and say “hello”!

Talking Points PROGRAMME 2010:

Roy Higson – speaking on “Occlusion in Everyday Practice”

Mike Wanless – speaking on “Communicating with Older Persons”

John Tiernan – speaking on “The Bad Day Stew”

Roy’s been organising Talking Points for 25 years now, but this is the first time he has featured as a speaker himself, and the first time occlusion has been one of the main topics.

Anyone who has been inspired by Roy Higson to find out more about occlusion should look at our Introduction to Occlusion Part 1 and Introduction to Occlusion Part 2 series – the Wakefield course is already fully subscribed, but there are still some spaces in Manchester, Edinburgh and Leeds. Obviously demand will be high as these are Higgy’s only speaking dates this year as he winds down towards retirement, so early booking is recommended.

Our courses are not just for GDPs, but CDTs and therapists will find this Intro course very useful and not beyond their level of knowledge and competence.

The booking form is available HERE

  1. May 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Eight of us from Apollonia House took the trip over the Pennines to Elland Road yesterday evening. The overall theme was communication, especially with patients.

    Roy Higson opened the show with his thought-provoking and amusing “Occlusion in Everyday Practice” talk, which certainly helped lots of people understand the intimate relationship between teeth and the the muscles of the head, neck and back, especially with the benefit of his mass audience participation sessions! Even our own staff found this something of an eye-opener and gave them some more tools with which to communicate with patients.

    Mike Wanless, a fellow Old Hulmeian no less, gave a wonderfully animated talk on Communication with Older Patients that certainly made everyone think about what we would probably all like to believe we do naturally. The hints on how to deal with dementia patients was particularly valuable as they do seem to form an increasingly large percentage of the population these days.

    The long break whilst we all queued for a meal was a great chance for everyone to chat and meet up with colleagues, but many felt service was slower than we would have liked, sadly.
    The final speaker was Dental Protection’s John Tiernan, who must certainly have missed his way as a stand-up comedian, complete with Irish brogue. Behind the humour though was a very profound message for the whole team about the importance of “Emotional Intelligence”, spiced up with some of DP’s excellent videos highlighting the pitfalls of getting communication wrong.

    All-in-all a great night out for all the team, and it only remains to be seen if GSK can top it next year. After 25 years it sounds like Roy may finally bow out, and if he does he’ll definitely be leaving on a high, but let’s hope the end of an era doesn’t signal the end of GSK’s wonderful Talking Points in Dentistry series, that once again, will have taken a very important message out to over 3,000 dental team members around the UK.

  2. Jenni Pullen
    November 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Please let me know when you will be accepting reservations for the “Talking points in Dentistry” 2011 programme.

    • November 22, 2010 at 11:39 am

      Apologies, but you’ll need to watch the dental press Jenni, after 25 years, Roy’s no longer involved in GSK Talking Points.

  3. January 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

    all our team would like to take part in Talking Points in Dentistry 2011 programme. please let me know.
    many thanks

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