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Dental Circle founders Dev Patel (left) and Amit Patel (right) with London-dentist Nikhil Sethi. (Photograph courtesy of Dental Circle, UK)
Jul 6, 2017 | News UK & Ireland

UK’s first professional dental network expands further

by DTI

BIRMINGHAM, UK: One of the highlights of this year’s Dentistry Show in Birmingham was undoubtedly the after-party organised by Dental Circle. Over 250 of the UK’s finest in dentistry took to the Genting Hotel near the National Exhibition Centre for a night of fun, celebration and professional networking. The event was an all-out success for the young network, according to founder and CEO Dr Dev Patel, so much so that it plans to hold an even bigger one next year.

The Next Generation Conference, with sessions specifically that ran concurrently throughout the show in May, was also sold out completely. There, young dentists had the opportunity to obtain valuable insights into a variety of subjects, including starting to place implants and how to manage tooth wear, by well-known national experts, like Dr Dev Patel, Dr Tif Qureshi and Ashley Latter.

Patel said that membership for the Dental Circle platform, which was founded in 2014, has received a significant boost over the last 15 months. According to him, over 7,000 dental professionals are currently registered on the site, which facilitates communication and networking within their specific field or area through a convenient members map. On the site, a personal profile page allows each member to add his or her interests and achievements and upload images of his or her clinical cases and share them with the rest of the Dental Circle community. Furthermore, members can join special interest groups led by mentors to explore or deepen their knowledge of various aspects of the profession.

Significant updates were recently introduced with a new job section, among other things, that is aimed at helping dentists to find work more easily in an increasingly challenging marketplace.

“Today’s dental market is a tough environment owing to many graduates entering an already saturated marketplace. Many have to travel to different locations at the beginning of their career,” Patel said. “Our job section was designed to help them stand out and find full-time quality employment. It is currently one of the most interactive job search engines on the market.”

In addition to its website, Dental Circle remains highly active in hands-on education. Among four courses to be held within the year, a two-day course on oral surgery is scheduled for next week at the NSK headquarters in Stevenage. Other well-known market competitors, such as Henry Schein Medical, Dentsply Sirona and Nobel Biocare, have come on board to support these events, which are planned to be extended next year. There are also plans, Patel said, to increase the number of networking events like the one at the Dentistry Show.

Furthermore, he now intends to approach dental schools and universities in order to allow students to join the network. At present, only dentists who are registered with the General Dental Council are able to sign up.

“We want to make sure that all members of the profession will be able to join our website,” Patel emphasised.

More information about Dental Circle and free registration on the site is available at www.dentalcircle.com. There, visitors can also find information about the network’s educational offering.

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