Two of the speakers at the National Dental Nursing Conference will be sharing their life-changing experiences.

Chris Curtis, chairman of the Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Charity, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire, and World Cancer Advocate, vividly remembers the day he was diagnosed with throat cancer.

His presentation, From Cancer to the Palace in Six Years, which meets GDC development outcome A, offers awareness and education on head and neck cancer; a patient insight to the cancer pathway, and education from a patient’s view, as well as an insight into the challenges in survivorship and the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

Melissa Mead, Ambassador for the UK Sepsis Trust and campaigner, lost her one year old son William to sepsis – a condition of which, at the time, she was completely unaware. Upon discovering the shocking statistics, she felt compelled to campaign for better recognition, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis amongst health care professionals. Her presentation, Together We Can Beat Sepsis, which meets GDC development outcome C, aims to widen attendees’ knowledge and understanding of sepsis and looks at the role we all have to play in driving down the number of avoidable deaths.

The Conference will offer 8 hours of verifiable CPD over the two days. Dental nurses, and other members of the dental team, can attend either or both days. There is a discounted rate for current BADN members, for student dental nurses and for those booking before the end of September.

There will also be an optional informal dinner at local restaurant Twelve ( for delegates and guests.

More information and a reservation form is available at

The Conference will be held at the Blackpool Hotel Conference Centre and Spa (formerly the Blackpool Hilton) on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November.