2012 was an exceptional year for us at Langley Dental Practice. In January we received our renewal notification for the British Dental Association Good Practice Scheme which was valid for another 12 months. This scheme is an external quality benchmark given to practices which meet a high level of accreditation and standards and is externally audited and verified. Following on from this external audit and verification we were thrilled with our Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection which was conducted in October 2012. We came out of that with a very positive report and all our staff worked very hard to ensure that we passed. We are currently applying again to be a training practice in the dental foundation training scheme in the North West deanery. This will again require an inspection from two of the training program directors next month. So all the time our practice is continually alert in order to be prepared and ready for inspections and quality audits at any time from whatever source.
On a personal level I was absolutely thrilled and delighted in August 2012 to be appointed as a staff specialist in oral surgery at the brand new state of the art UCLAN dental clinic in Preston. The clinic has four general dental surgeries; an oral surgery suite (two surgeries and recovery room) and a 10-chair training suite and will be fully equipped to meet both treatment and teaching requirements. UCLAN is believed to be one of the few universities in the country, other than specialist dedicated medical centres, to have such facilities on site. I have been at the UCLAN dental clinic for 4 months now and am enjoying every week that I work there as it brings new challenges. Last week was my first opportunity to meet my first group of postgraduate students and I was delighted at what a keen and energetic cohort they were.The vision of teaching and training that UCLAN has is outstanding and I am sure that 2013 will see the teaching program go from strength to strength. We are already looking at a variety of short courses as well as the formal masters and postgraduate taught programs.
In terms of Dental CATS 2013 sees the abolition of local primary care trusts in April. I have always enjoyed tremendous support and backing from Heywood Middleton and Rochdale primary care trust and I look forward to working with the successor body to continue to help to deliver high-quality specialist dental services in our locality.
After a great 2012 we are looking to 2013 as a year of progress and consolidation for Langley Dental Practice. Exciting times and new challenges lie ahead and we look forward to meeting them.