See and be seen: OHC 2021

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  Posted by: Dental Design      3rd August 2021

It’s almost time for the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) to host their flagship event – the Oral Health Conference (OHC)!

Following last year’s online format, this year sees the return of the live event structure, with the Society welcoming dental hygienists, dental therapists and students of the profession to enjoy the show at the SEC in Glasgow on November 26-27.

But what can you expect from this year’s event?

Expand your skills and embrace new possibilities

The theme of the OHC 2021 is “See and Be Seen – putting the spotlight on dental hygienists and dental therapists”. This was chosen to highlight not only the vast array of skills and responsibilities that fall under the profession’s scope of practice, but also to encourage individuals to think of ways to make the profession more visible in the industry and beyond.

The theme has also been chosen to inspire delegates to think outside the box, embrace opportunities and expand in their careers. As such, each of the sessions has been chosen to give delegates a more holistic view of the profession as a whole, with many of the lectures showcasing the different paths available to all.

One of the first sessions of the OHC this year will encapsulate the core message behind the event. Entitled “SEE- Skills, Engagement, Evolve” the lecture includes three short presentations to motivate delegates for the rest of the show by giving them a taster of what’s on offer.

Engaging sessions from industry experts

At the very heart of the OHC is always the incredible line-up of speaker sessions headed by industry experts from across the nation.

These sessions will cover a vast range of highly pertinent topics, including paediatric dentistry in the modern age, minimum intervention caries management, the facts and myths about prescribing and interpreting radiographs and much, much more.

Across the two days, delegates will also have a choice of numerous parallel sessions. This allows attendees to tailor their experience at the show, choosing the topics that most appeal to them and their areas of interest. Much like the other sessions on offer, the subjects explored in these parallel sessions are varied and highly relevant in the industry. From more clinical subjects such as a closer look at oral soft tissue abnormalities, to ideas applicable for everyone’s professional journey and a look at sustainability and growth, there’s something for all.

Coinciding with the parallel sessions are hands-on workshops that give delegates the opportunity to get involved, learn new practical skills and see some of the cutting-edge technologies in the market first-hand. These are an excellent opportunity for those who prefer a more practical approach to learning!

There are up to 12 hours of Enhanced CPD available for all delegates by attending these lectures.

The poster competition returns!

An annual part of the OHC that always generates a lot of interest is the annual poster competition. This part of the show presents the research that has been submitted by professionals in a poster format and gives awards to those who have created exceptional educational resources for others in the industry. These posters will be available to view before and throughout the show, with the awards ceremony planned for the afternoon of the first day. This will coincide with the Student of the Year award – a prized accolade that rewards a future member of the profession for their outstanding performance and exciting ideas.

Network, relax and let your hair down!

The OHC isn’t all study and no play, and as always, the programme offers multiple opportunities for networking with likeminded individuals, fun activities and a chance for professionals to let their hair down!

On the first night of the event, a glamorous dinner and dance will take place at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. This is the perfect chance to catch up with colleagues, meet new people in the industry and dance the night away. This is a ticketed event, so make sure you reserve your space so that you don’t miss out!

The following morning, a Pilates session has been planned for those who want to focus their mind, body and spirit before another day of learning. This restful start to the day has limited space and needs to be prebooked – so be sure to get your name on the list to guarantee your spot.

Tickets for the OHC are priced starting from £49, with special rates available for BSDHT members, students of the profession, dental nurses and those who have newly qualified (2019-2021).

So, what are you waiting for? Reserve your space to the OHC and mark the dates in your diaries – it’s definitely going to be a show that’s not to be missed!


 For more information about the BSDHT, please visit

call 01788 575050 or email


Author – DIANE ROCHFORD – President BSDHT


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