Denplan has launched a support group offering young dentists networking, mentoring and professional leadership development opportunities.
The 12 month programme for dentists aged under 35 aims to develop the next generation of leaders by bringing together a small select group of young Denplan member dentist.
The insurer, which is part of Simplyhealth, said it wants to help nurture and develop these dentists with the potential to become future industry leaders, by providing opportunities to develop their leadership skills outside the traditional clinical setting.
Its aim is to create a platform for this group to act as a national voice for young dentists, helping shape the future of the dental profession
The group’s launch follows the publication of Denplan’s white paper on the future of dentistry, released in spring this year. The report covers a range of issues it is continuing to highlight and put on the agenda of government, policy makers and the wider dental profession.
Catherine Rutland, chairwoman of the Next Gen Dental Group, (pictured) said the insurer was committed to raising the profile of private dentists in policy-making, by advocating on their behalf and improving the understanding of dentistry more generally within government.
“Our new Next Gen Dental Group aims to provide the younger age group with an opportunity to start shaping the dentistry policy agenda from the beginning of their careers,” she said.
“We’re working collaboratively with the group to refine our one-year programme, so that the key focus areas really meet their needs.
“During our initial meeting, we had invaluable discussions informed by the group’s experiences around mentoring, career support and regulation of private practices.
“Together, we’re looking at the best ways to support young and upcoming dentists, as well as how we can continue to effectively highlight ongoing issues affecting the profession to government.”