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P358 How Can You and Your Patients Benefit From a Relationship With a Clinical Dental Technician (CDT)

Speakers: Caroline Persaud Mike BrindleProf. Bill Sharpling FCGDent

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Webinar Details

This webinar, in collaboration with the College of General Dentistry, presented by Caroline Persaud and Mike Brindle, will clarify the role and relevance of a Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) in the modern dental practice.  

The speakers will discuss the numerous benefits that CDT’s can bring to dentists, patients and the overall dental practice.

Specific examples will be shared where the presence of a CDT has improved the quality of patient care, clinic efficiency and contributed to a thriving dental practice as team member of a multidisciplinary team.

The speakers will also share how a CDT can support the dentist in managing the spectrum of dental issues, from diagnostic support to prosthetic interventions.

This webinar is for the whole dental team. 

Learning Outcomes


  • To provide an understanding of the role, value, and expertise of the Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) in the wider dental healthcare team
  • To explore the benefits of a collaborative approach between dentists and CDTs for patient care
  • To illustrate practical strategies for establishing and optimising a working relationship with a CDT in a dental practice


On completion of this webinar, you will understand the role, value, and expertise a Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) can bring to the dental team, and how to initiate and maintain a productive professional relationship with a CDT for the benefit of your patients and practice.

The Speakers

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Caroline Persaud

Registered Dental Technician and Clinical Dental Technician

Caroline qualified from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2001 with a Dental Technology BSc Hons and continued her learning pathway to attain a Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology from the Royal College of Surgeons of England  in 2007.

Since then she has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience, both through her own private patient base, and also being associated with a number of dental practices who seek her  skills in removable prosthodontics. In the latter, she has integrated to be part of the various multidisciplinary teams.

In 2019 Caroline  joined the board of the British Association of Clinical Dental Technology.

During her time served on the board, she formed a keen interest in the emerging College of General Dentistry undertaking a role within the Working Panel for Career Pathways (Clinical Dental Technicians division). Caroline is now a board member of the Faculty of Clinical Dental Technicians and Dental Technicians where she continues to share her passion for the profession and specifically the niche area of domiciliary denture care provision.

Jan 2023

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Mike Brindle

Clinical Dental Technician

Mike began his career in dentistry in May 1973 as an apprentice dental technician and qualified in 1977 before going on to gain advanced qualifications in orthodontics, crown and bridge technology and prosthetics. He founded Northern Orthodontics which provided a full laboratory service to dental clinics and hospitals throughout the UK. In 1992 he received the Aspin Award from the British Institution of Dental and Surgical Technologists for the best piece of crown and bridge work.

Next, Mike opened the Fylde Dental Clinic in St Anne's, a CQC registered dental surgery currently employing a dentist and hygiene therapist with supporting nurses and dental technician.

In 2009 Mike saw an opportunity to convince UCLan to offer a course in Clinical Dental Technology as training was non-existent at the time. Subsequently, he became the course founder and clinical lead. For several years he worked as their lecturer in orthodontics and prosthetics. At the time of writing, the UCLan course remains the sole provider for CDT training within the UK.

Around the same time of qualification as a CDT, he was asked to become one of the founder board members of the BACDT, a professional association representing the needs of UK CDTs. In 2013 he became the BACDT President as well as the Director for Training with the Dental Laboratories Association.

When the Advancing Dental Care Group was founded, Mike was established as a senior stakeholder. His involvement secured the first pilot scheme in the UK to include a CDT to provide dental domiciliary care to patients in northwest England.

More recently Mike was appointed as the chair for the CDT and the co-chair, DT section, with the College of General Dentistry ahead of its launch in June 2022.

Prior to the arrival of his two granddaughters, Mike's hobbies included flying light aircraft, offshore racing, diving, and maintaining a classic sports car. Now, however, his pastimes include pony club, skating, and playing Barbie dream house.

Jan 23

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Prof. Bill Sharpling FCGDent

Associate Dean (CPD) and Director of the London Dental Education Centre (LonDEC) at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London

Bill is Associate Dean (CPD) and Director of the London Dental Education Centre (LonDEC) at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London. Previously, he was Head of Dental Technology at Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Bill is an Honorary Professor at RAK College of Dental Sciences, UAE. He is also the External Examiner for the BSc(Hons) Clinical Dental Technology programme at the University of Central Lancashire. After qualifying in 1986, Bill spent the next 10 years working as a Dental Technician, gaining advanced qualifications in fixed and removable prosthodontics. He has worked in commercial dental laboratories, the Armed Forces