DTA Remembers Dame Margaret Seward

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DTA pays tribute to Dame Margaret Seward, 1935 -2021

In a heartfelt statement the Dental Technologists' Associations added it voice to those celebrating the life of Dame Margaret Seward

Dame Margaret Seward was an inspirational woman who championed the team approach to dental care. She showed immense support and guidance towards both dental technology and clinical dental technology during her lifetime. As one time President of the BDA, GDC President, and then Chief Dental Officer, along with numerous journal editorships, Dame Margaret always looked for ways to improve and support dental care.

It was Margaret Seward who set up the Dental Technicians' Education and Training Advisory Board (DTETAB), under the auspices of the GDC, in order to promote the under recognised UK dental technicians. The first meeting of this new group took place in January 1986 and was chaired by Margaret, and it quickly became the recognised body for dental technicians.

Margaret's foresight was instrumental in developing the organisation that represents dental technicians today. The GDC was actively involved for the first three years until the DTETAB became an independent professional body in 1989, and is known today as the Dental Technologists' Association.

Tony Griffin, former President and Chair of DTA said: “Dame Margaret continually strove to improve UK dentistry, and to support the dental technicians’ role within the oral healthcare team.

“She inspired and encouraged all those working in the fields of dental technology and clinical dental technology, urging them to further develop their profession and to meet the future needs of our communities.”