The 2018 National Dental Nursing Conference will be held on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November in Blackpool, and will be opened by the Deputy Chief Dental Officer England, Eric Rooney.

The Conference is open to all dental nurses, and other members of the dental team, and features presentations on counterfeit equipment, alcohol awareness, head and neck cancer, sepsis, dentistry for the homeless, LGBT issues and a GDC Update.

Conference fees start at £35 and there are discounts for early bird bookings (now until the end of October), student dental nurses and BADN members.

There is also an additional optional informal dinner at local restaurant Twelve (<>) with President Hazel Coey and other members of the Executive, at £35 per person for three courses, glass of wine and coffee.

More information on Conference, reservation forms and full programme details are available at<>.

'Don’t worry about coming to Conference on your own,' said President Hazel Coey 'NDNC is a very friendly affair and Pam and Adam from our office will make sure you are looked after. We look forward to welcoming you to Blackpool!'

BADN, the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, is to present long standing members with special badges commemorating their support of the Association and the dental nursing profession.

Around 100 dental nurses who have been BADN members for 25 years or more will receive a special badge, based on a metallic version of the current BADN membership badge with 25 years in the centre. Those who have been members for 20, 15, 10 and 5 years will receive a metallic scroll shaped to fit under the current membership badge.

'Those with more than 25 years membership have been contacted,'” said President Hazel Coey. “Those who joined the Association in 1998 and 2003 with continuous membership have also been contacted; we are asking those who joined in 2008 and 2013 and have been members ever since to contact<> with their name and BADN membership number to confirm their eligibility. Anyone who has been a member for 15 or 20 years who hasn’t yet been contacted is also requested to contact Val.'

Badges will be presented to those members attending the National Dental Nursing Conference in Blackpool on 16-17 November, and mailed out in late November to those who cannot attend.

• It is with great sadness that BADN announces the death of Roma Coultas, Association President in 1956.

Ms Coultas recently celebrated her 100th birthday, with a party at the nursing home where she was resident, flowers from BADN and a card from HM The Queen.

BADN sends their condolences to the Coultas family, and has made a donation to the British Heart Foundation in Roma’s memory.