Dentist Programme

These Forums provide a unique opportunity to learn about our business and also to influence our plans for the coming years. 

These are a must-attend events, providing a unique opportunity to meet with our leadership team and learn about our business and also to influence our business plans for the coming years.

You will receive a business and professional updates from the Simplyhealth Professionals leadership team followed by two clinical masterclass lectures.

After the lectures you will have the opportunity to grab a drink before taking part in our open forum where you will have the opportunity to ask your questions directly with our leadership team.

Following the conference, dentists are invited to join us for a superb business dinner followed by complimentary overnight accommodation. 

Booking Form:

Booking Form Link

Speaker Information:

key client forums speakers

CPD Hours


Event Timings:

Registration: 9.15am
Conference commences: 10.00am
Conference finishes: 5.30pm - Followed by a Business Dinner & Overnight Stay

Suitable For:

A personal invite will be sent to all those eligible to attend



Regional Update & How does it relate to me? - Area Manager & Business Consultants


This session will be led by your Simplyhealth Professionals Area Manager or Business Consultants. As a team they have significant experience in marketing and sales across the industry.  They are the key people to provide you with the knowledge to not only sustain your patient numbers, but to grow your practice and provide valuable business support.

Lecture Content

  • Update on what the regional team have been doing over the past 12 months, forthcoming events and training opportunities in the local area
  • What is happening in the local dental market and factors affecting local practices


Aims and Objectives

  • Update delegates on their regional team’s activity and support services available to them
  • Share our insight on the local dental business environment and where payment plans can fit into their own strategy

Development Outcomes

Increase delegate’s knowledge and insight into trends affecting the local dental market and the solutions offered by Simplyhealth Professionals to support them and their patient’s needs. GDC Development Outcome C

What is happening within Simplyhealth? - Sandy Brown


Biography - Sandy Brown

Sandy joined Denplan in 1992 as a Denplan Care Consultant for Scotland, N Ireland and the North of England. Sandy's entire career with us has been sales and customer service focused. In 2001 Sandy became the Director of Denplan Sales, and in 2005 he was appointed Director of Marketing and Sales, overseeing both divisions.

Lecture Content

• Business update
• Marketing Campaigns
• New Initiatives

Aims and Objectives
Sharing our business results; successes and new developments for practice growth.

Development Outcomes
Expanding the understanding of our full portfolio of services and support.

World of Dentistry - Catherine Rutland


Catherine Rutland, Head Dental Officer at Simplyhealth Professionals - Biography

As Head Dental Officer at Simplyhealth Professionals, Dr Catherine Rutland leads the team that provides assistance to member dentists; helping to support them with all aspects of running their practices successfully, with particular focus on providing advice and support during clinical disputes and times of professional risk. After qualifying as a dentist from Leeds University in 1992 and doing a year as a House Officer, Catherine worked as a Senior House Officer in Newcastle before settling into general dental practice. Catherine joined Denplan part-time in 2010 and was promoted to her current position in 2016.  She owned a practice Broadway Lifesmiles Dental Practice in Thatcham for 19 years, and completed a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London in 2013. She is also a certified member of the Institute of Risk Management and recently completed a Level 7 Certificate in Leadership Mentoring and Coaching.

Lecture Content
The presentation will cover key developments and changes in legislation and regulation affecting dental practices, together with an overview of the NHS contract reform process. An update will be provided on professional support available to member dentists and their practice teams.

Aims and Objectives
• To inform delegates on key changes to legislation and regulation that could impact dentists in primary dental care
• To share insights into the current progress on NHS contract reform
• To update delegates on the professional support available to member dentists with any key developments highlighted.

Development Outcomes

By the end of the presentations, delegates will have greater knowledge and insight into regulatory matters that could affect them and their practices, together with a deeper understanding of the direction of travel for NHS dental services. Delegates will also have gained information on professional support services available to them. GDC Development Outcomes - B & D.

Demistifying Contemporary Fixed Prosthodontic Solutions - Hussein Patanwala


Hussein Patanwala works as a GDP/Clinical lead of two practices in Birmingham and for the last 11 years as a clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He is the Head of Firm for 5th BDS and sits on the admissions panel for the University of Birmingham. He is also involved in clinical research including use of caries risk assessments.
He lectures internationally on minimum intervention as well as minimally invasive direct/indirect solutions which provides him a constant challenge.

Learning Content

The lecture aims to provide an overview in the latest methods used in the indirect restorative management and how to get the most out of luting protocols. The focus will be on deciphering the vast array of different tooth coloured indirect restorative options and gaining a consistent, simple protocol for luting the restorations adhesive or pure luting.

Aims and Objectives

By the end of this lecture delegates will be able to demonstrate understanding of the latest material options and protocols associated with the educated delivery of indirect restorative solutions. The following subject areas will be focused on:

  • Case Assessment
  • Treatment planning and planning for failure
  • Choosing the appropriate material
  • Luting options

Development Outcomes

By the end of this lecture delegates will be able to enhance patient care by understanding the indications, alternatives and appropriate luting techniques for indirect single tooth treatment options. The lecture meets the criteria for category C of the GDC development outcomes for enhanced CPD (maintenance and development of knowledge and skill with your field of practice).

Rules for Survival (Of restorations and teeth) - Trevor Burke



Trevor Burke, DDS, MSc, MDS, MGDS, FDS RCS (Edin), FDS RCS (Eng.), FFGDP(UK), FADM

Trevor Burke graduated from Queens University in Belfast, and, following academic appointments in Belfast and Manchester, he worked in general dental practice in Manchester for 22 years, whilst also working in the of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester. He has been Professor of Primary Dental Care at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry since 2000. 

Trevor is (co)author of 360 papers in peer-reviewed journals and three books. He has been awarded over 80 research grants. His main research interests include properties and applications of tooth-colored restorative materials, and the translation of in vitro research on dental materials into the clinical situation. In this regard, he co-ordinates the work of the PREP (Product Research and Evaluation by Practitioners) Panel, established in 1993, a group of dentists who carry out research in their practices.  This group, which has now completed over 70 evaluations of materials and techniques, presently has 31 members. He is also the Editorial Director of the journal, Dental Update. Trevor’s time at the University is mainly spent being Director of the Masters course in Advanced General Dental Practice, this having been established 15 years ago as a campus-based course, and which is now a Distance course designed to suit the busy lives of dental practitioners anywhere in the world.

Learning Content

Satisfactory survival of restorations is central to patient contentment and successful practice, given that unmet expectations may lead the patient to seek the advice of a lawyer. Information on how to prolong restoration longevity is therefore of potential value to clinicians and their patients, and, in that regard, looking at past data can provide a pointer for how restorations might perform in the future. In addition, there is a relationship between the type of restoration placed and the lifespan of the restored tooth.

This presentation will therefore explore factors which may affect restoration survival, such as choice of material, quality of the material used, plus a wide variety of tooth, patient and clinician factors. The results for survival will be taken from clinical evaluations carried out in general dental practice on resin composite restorations on posterior teeth, and resin composite restorations in anterior teeth used in treatment of tooth wear (including how to achieve a satisfactory bond to tooth substance using the latest dentine bonding agents). The value of Kaplan Meier statistical analysis of the world’s largest dataset (13 million restorations followed for 16 years) for restoration longevity will also be explored, as this facilitates examination of the survival of, not only restorations, but also survival of the restored tooth (which arguably is more important). This analysis will cover direct restorations in amalgam, composite and glass ionomer, and compare their performance with those of crowns, with results which might surprise some attendees!

Aims and Objectives

Following attendance on this course, delegates should:

  • Be aware of value of choosing the correct, high-quality material for a given clinical situation
  • Be aware of the latest information on bonding to dentine and survival of resin composite materials, including bulk fill
  • Have a modest awareness of what Kaplan Meier statistical analysis is about
  • Know the clinical situations when a crown (as opposed to a direct-placement restoration) might adversely affect the survival of the restored tooth
  • Be aware of the patient and dentist factors which may affect the survival of restorations and the restored tooth.
  • Be aware that longevity of the restored tooth, as opposed to merely the survival of the restoration, is most important. 

Development Outcomes

This presentation is intended to brief attendees on the factors involved in maximising the survival of restorations and restored teeth. GDC development outcomes C and D.

Dates & locations

Event name Date Venue Region Price
Dentist Programme - Maidstone 31st Oct 2019 Marriott Tudor Park Hotel South East Booking form above
Dentist Programme - Cambridge 7th Nov 2019 Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry South East Booking form above
Dentist Programme - Leicester 14th Nov 2019 Marriott Leicester Midlands Booking form above
Dentist Programme - Bristol 21st Nov 2019 De Vere Tortworth Court South West Booking form above
Dentist Programme - Harrogate 28th Nov 2019 The Majestic Hotel Midlands Booking form above