Jason Wong has been appointed Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England.

A career general dental practitioner, and partner in a 12-surgery mixed practice in Grantham, he was Secretary of the Lincolnshire Local Dental Committee for 16 years, is a past Chair of the Local Dental Network for NHS Central Midlands, and had been Interim CDO since Sara Hurley stood down in June 2023.

A Fellow of the College and previously of the former Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP), in 2017 he received the Faculty’s Community Contribution Award in recognition of his local oral health initiatives and commitment to developing the skills of local dentists.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was a contributor to the CGDent-FGDP guidance, Implications of COVID-19 for the safe management of general dental practice – a practical guide, and he was key in developing the associated Fallow Time Calculator.

In January 2020 he was awarded an MBE for services to dentistry and oral health, and he was appointed Deputy CDO for England later that year. As Chair of ‘Project Sphere’, he has worked to promote a positive patient safety culture in dentistry, a subject on which he has hosted a webinar, lectured and written a blog for the College, and the College also hosts his collaborative initiative to encourage dental professionals to ensure they seek advice from suitable sources when patient safety incidents occur. He is also a speaker on the College’s webinar on dental care for patients with diabetes.

Many congratulations, Dr Wong.

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