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First orthodontic therapists graduate from Bristol

10 Oct 2008

First orthodontic therapists graduate from Bristol The first group of orthodontic therapists has graduated from the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust's dental hospital.

Created by the General Dental Council, the new healthcare role is part of the government's drive to improve the speed and quality of dental care.

Qualified orthodontic therapists will carry out routine and emergency procedures and it is hoped the creation of the new role will help reduce waiting lists and increase patient access.

Sarah Bain, head of Dental Care Professional training, said: "I'm absolutely delighted to the see the first orthodontic therapists qualify."

"They will now make a significant impact on the number of patients accessing orthodontic care," she added.

Six students at the trust piloted the new course, starting in October 2007.

The course involves an intensive four week programme taught by orthodontic consultants combined with a placement treating patients under supervision.

Meanwhile, Lance Knight, an east Lancashire dentist, is set to be the first to person to open a supermarket dental surgery in the UK, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

The 31-year-old said he wanted to give something back to the common man by offering non-NHS dental work, the paper states.

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