Fellows’ Winter Reception – 25 January 2024

Thursday 25 January 2024, 6-9pm, London

The Livery Hall, Cutlers’ Hall, Warwick Lane, London EC4M 7BR

The Fellows’ Winter Reception is currently full. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please email [email protected].

The second College of General Dentistry Fellows’ Winter Reception will take place on the evening of Thursday 25 January 2024. We will be returning to the historic Cutlers’ Hall in London, where this year’s Fellows’ Summer Reception took place.

The event will include welcome addresses by the President and Chair of the College, the admission of new Fellows, and presentations of College-awarded diplomas and certificates.

An opportunity to network with peers, as well as to meet College Trustees, Council members and staff, the reception is open to all Fellows and Associate Fellows, those due to be presented with a diploma or certificate, and those enrolled in Certified Membership.

Priority for tickets is given to new Fellows, Diplomates/Certificants and individuals who applied for the Fellows’ Summer Reception but were unable to be accommodated.

Retired Fellows attending the Fellows’ Reception are also encouraged to attend the 1992 Circle gathering, which takes place in the same venue immediately prior to the reception.

Information on eligibility for Fellowship of the College (FCGDent) and Associate Fellowship (AssocFCGDent) is available here

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1992 Circle gathering – 25 January 2024

Thursday 25 January 2024, 4-6pm, London

The Court Room, Cutlers’ Hall, Warwick Lane, London EC4M 7BR

The third gathering of the College’s ‘1992 Circle’ will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 25 January 2024. We will be returning to the historic Cutlers’ Hall in London.

All those who are fully retired from practice and were a Fellow of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), or are or were a Fellow of the College of General Dentistry, are eligible to join the Circle and to attend its periodical gatherings.

There is no charge to become a member of the Circle or to attend its gatherings.

If you meet the eligibility requirements and would like to join the 1992 Circle, we’d be delighted to hear from you – please contact us at [email protected]

And if you know any retired Faculty Fellows who are not currently aware of the Circle, please let them know about it and encourage them to get in touch with us.

Members of the Circle will receive separate notification of the meeting by email, together with instructions on how to register their intention to attend.

The Fellows’ Winter Reception, which takes place immediately afterwards in the same venue, is now fully booked. We are operating a waiting list – please email us at [email protected] to be added.

The 1992 Circle is named in honour of the year the Faculty of General Dental Practice was founded, a key moment which brought together the members of the College of General Dental Practitioners (UK) and of the Advisory Board in General Dental Practice of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, with the shared ambition to create an independent College over time. It aims to bring together, and recognise, those whose vision put the general dental profession in the UK on that journey, and those whose ongoing commitment carried this through to the establishment of the College of General Dentistry.

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London meet-and-greet – 6-7 October 2023

Friday 6- Saturday 7 October 2023, 9.00am – 5.30pm, London

Hall N9, ExCeL LondonRoyal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

The College invites all dental professionals to visit its exhibition stand (G52) at Dentistry Show London 2023.

College members and non-members alike are encouraged to come and introduce themselves, to find out more about the College and have their queries answered.

Perhaps you have questions about your membership or how to access your benefits? Or want to know whether you’re eligible for Full Membership, Associate Fellowship or Fellowship? Or you wonder how Certified Membership works, or what Life Fellowship is?

Maybe you’re a former member of FGDP(UK) uncertain of your College status, or the correct way to present your Faculty post-nominals?

Or perhaps you’re a non-member who’s not yet heard much about the College and just wants to find out why we were set up, what our plans are or how we can help you in your career?

Whatever your query, senior College members and staff will be there throughout the conference to help you out, and we’ll have live access to our systems to help solve membership queries on the spot.

Or even if you don’t have a query, we’d be delighted to meet you!

Dentistry Show London gives you access to over 180 exhibitors and 3,000 fellow dental professionals, and also offers 100 CPD lectures. Details of the College’s lectures are available here

The show is free to attend, but registration is required – just click the button below and enter your details.

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Admissions to Fellowship

The College of General Dentistry (CGDent), which opened following the separation of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP) from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) in 2021, has now admitted over 400 dental professionals into Fellowship in recognition of their high-level and wide-ranging capabilities.

Louis Mackenzie, Head Dental Officer at Denplan (Part of Simplyhealth), clinical lecturer at Birmingham Dental School and King’s College London, and GDP in Selly Park, being formally welcomed into Fellowship by CGDent President Abhi Pal at the College’s 2023 Fellows’ Summer Reception

Fellowship, which is denoted by the postnominal letters ‘FCGDent’, is the highest membership grade of the College. The mark of accomplishment in general dentistry, it indicates a dental professional’s commitment to professional development and reflective practice, diligence in upholding the highest standards of clinical care, and distinction across clinical and professional domains.

Fellows are listed in the College’s online Member Register, and are eligible to wear a special lapel pin and to attend biannual Fellows’ Receptions, at which new Fellows have their Fellowship formally presented. Most recently, the College presented 47 individuals with their Fellowships in front of 120 Fellows and Associate Fellows at their Summer Reception.

The primary means of establishing eligibility for Fellowship is by experience, a route launched last year to recognise a wide range of skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications relevant to dentistry and oral healthcare, with transparent criteria and a straightforward application process. Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the requirements of at least three of five fellowship domains, for each of which detailed criteria have been published: Clinical; Teaching, Learning & Assessment; Leadership & Management; Publications & Research; and Law & Ethics.

Fellowship eligibility can also be established by equivalence for those already awarded Fellowship by the former FGDP(UK), by any of the UK and Ireland Royal Colleges or their Faculties of Dental Surgery (FDS) or Dentistry (FFD), by the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS), Royal College of Dentists of Canada (FRCDC) or College of Dentistry of South Africa (FCD[SA]), or to those who are Board Certified by the American Board of General Dentistry.

The College Council may also invite an individual into Fellowship when satisfied that their career and qualifications demonstrably meet the requirements for an application either by experience or by equivalence.

Additionally, former Fellows of the FGDP who elected to transfer directly to the College when the Faculty separated from the RCS were automatically admitted to Fellowship of the College without the need for application.

However, while there are different routes to College Fellowship, there are no different types of College Fellowship. Having demonstrated by whichever means that they meet the required standard, all College Fellows enjoy equal standing.

Addressing those gathered at the Summer Reception, College President Abhi Pal said:

“Fellowship of our College is a reflection of the years of sustained professional development you have undertaken throughout your career. No matter which path you have taken to Fellowship, it has required sacrifice and perseverance for the ultimate purpose of service to your patients and the profession. I not only commend you for that, but firmly believe the College of General Dentistry is the only body that will give recognition for these efforts. Admittance to Fellowship should however not be the end of a journey, but the start of another chapter.”

Fellowship is open to all members of the dental team should they meet the requirements, and suitably experienced and qualified dental professionals are encouraged to apply.

Prospective applicants may be interested to read about the career journeys of a selection of College Fellows here.

The following College members have been admitted to Fellowship:

 Nick Spencer AdamsDentist, Wellington
 Thomas AddisonDentist, Birmingham
 Olurotimi AdesanyaDentist, Gillingham
 Kelvin Ian AfrashtehfarDentist, Surrey, British Columbia
 Vishal Raghubir Kumar AggarwalDentist, Leeds
 Anirudha AgnihotryDentist, Visalia, California
 Asrar AhmedDentist, Eastbourne
 Nadeem Tony AhmedDentist, Hednesford
 Ali Al BayatiDentist, Baghdad
 Nutalya bint Said bin Amran al HarthyDentist, Muscat
 Mohamed Al IsmailiDentist, Muscat
 Abdulghani Mustafa Sadiq AlarabiDentist, Muscat
 Jennifer AlbistonDentist, Yeovil
 Simon AlbistonDentist, Wincanton
 Ziad Nawaf Al-DwairiDentist, Irbid
 Rana Khaled AlkattanDentist, Riyadh
 Maher AlmasriDentist, Birmingham
 Amin AminianDentist, Stockport
 Harinder Rattan Singh AmrikDentist, Birmingham
 John Quentin AndersonDentist, Hemel Hempstead
 Orestis Angeletos-PaparizosDentist, London
 Senathirajah AriyaratnamDentist, Altrincham
 Rahul Kumar AroraDentist, Muscat
 Peter AshDentist, Monmouth
 Martin Peter AshleyDentist, Manchester
 Tariq Mahmood AshrafDentist, London
 Jerry AsquithDentist, Northwood
 Hilary Michael AttenboroughDentist, Warminster
 Sukhvinder Singh AtthiDentist, Birmingham
 Paul BainesDentist, Bristol
 Avijit BanerjeeDentist, High Wycombe
 Subir BanerjiDentist, London
 Fadi Nassif BarrakDentist, London
 Jagan Kumar BaskaradossDentist, Kuwait
 Paul BatchelorDentist, Letcombe Regis
 Robert Stephen BateDentist, Warwick
 Anthony BendkowskiDentist, Sittingbourne
 Adrian William BennettDentist, Oldham
 Roy Keith BennettDentist, Heswall
 Thomas Jack BereznickiDentist, London
 Balbir Singh BhandalDentist, Warley
 Sanjeev BhanderiDentist, Cheadle
 Trevor Joel BiggDentist, Chipping Norton
 Mohammed BinaminDentist, Solihull
 Rebecca Sarah Louise BinnieDentist, Aberdeen
 Robert Ian BlandDentist, Preston
 Paul David BlaylockDentist, Sunderland
 Philip BluettDentist, Ivybridge
 Steve BonsorDentist, Aberdeen
 Daniel Norbert BorgeDentist, Gibraltar
 Gerard BoyleDentist, Glasgow
 Gordon Russell BoyleDentist, Glasgow
 Christine BreareDentist, Mirfield
 Zena BrenchleyDentist, Chulmleigh
 Janine Amelia Brooks MBEDentist, Northampton
 Richard John Frank BuckleDentist, Aberdeen
 Trevor BurkeDentist, Birmingham
 Robert Stephen BurrowsDentist, St Helens
 Peter James ButcherDentist, Grantham
 Ashley Rowland ByrneClinical Dental Technician, Wheatley
 Josette CamilleriDentist, Birmingham
 Colin CampbellDentist, Nottingham
 Steven William CampbellDental Technician, Ripon
 Phillip CannellDentist, Rochford
 Paul CarrollDentist, Sutton Coldfield
 Nigel Lindsay Carter OBEDentist, Rugby
 Francisco Javier CasserleyDentist, Middleton
 Wing Kit Paul ChanDentist, Hong Kong
 Yee Chuen ChanDentist, Hong Kong
 Andrew Asir Praveen ChandrapalDentist, Bourne End
 Asif Hassan ChatooDentist, London
 Mahesh Max ChauhanDentist, London
 Masud Anwar ChoudhryDentist, Sheffield
 Janet Ruth Clarke MBEDentist, Worcester
 Matthew ClarkeDentist, Sheffield
 Simon Clavell-BateDentist, Clitheroe
 Matthew John CloverDentist, Salisbury
 Matthew John CollinsDentist, Wetherby
 Paul CooneyDentist, Hamilton
 Jeremy Andrew CooperDentist, Manchester
 Jonathan George CowpeDentist, Dinas Powys
 Robert Francis Aubrey CraigDentist, Glasgow
 Charles Edward CrawfordDentist, Manchester
 David CroserDentist, London
 Richard John CureDentist, Leamington Spa
 Lisa CurrieDentist, Aberdeen
 William Paul CushleyDentist, Airdrie
 Mohamad Hani Nouri DalatiDentist, Middlesbrough
 Griffith John Kineton DarbyDentist, Beckenham
 Brian Richard DaviesDentist, Reading
 John Louis Garfield DaviesDentist, Tauranga, New Zealand
 Stephen John DaviesDentist, Stockport
 Andrew DawoodDentist, London
 Gustinna Wadu De SilvaDentist, Newcastle-under-Lyme
 Aditi DesaiDentist, London
 Faresh DesaiDentist, Birmingham
 John Charles DevennieDentist, Glasgow
 Balraj DhamiDentist, Sutton Coldfield
 Onkar DhanoyaDentist, Newcastle upon Tyne
 Jaswinder Singh DhariwalDentist, Slough
 Michael Karl DhesiDentist, Glasgow
 Andrew John DickensonDentist, Derby
 Neeraj Kumar DiddeeDentist, Durham
 Kenneth DoigDentist, Boston
 Mark Robert William DoyleDentist, Hereford
 Tariq DrabuDentist, Manchester
 Mervyn DruianDentist, London
 Ian Neil DunnDentist, Liverpool
 Stephen Michael DunneDentist, London
 Jonathan EatonDentist, Knutsford
 Andrew Howard Eric EderDentist, Middlesex
 Bilal El-DhuwaibDentist, Sheffield
 Stuart McDonald EllisDentist, Cambridge
 Jacqui Ruth ElsdenDental Nurse, Southwater
 Rachael Ann EnglandDental Hygienist, Geneva
 Ekaterina FabrikantDentist, London
 Jonathan Charles FarmerDentist, Market Rasen
 Shelagh FarrellDentist, Edenbridge
 Zbigniew FedorowiczDentist, Huntingdon
 Susan Claire FentonDentist, Winchester
 Carl Stafford FenwickClinical Dental Technician, Newcastle upon Tyne
 Koray FeranDentist, London
 Simon FieldhouseDentist, Bradford-on-Avon
 Timothy James FosterDentist, Malton
 Thomas Edward FoulgerDentist, Broadstone
 Peter Michael Frost BEMDentist, London
 Alexandra Mary FurnessDentist, Hoylake
 Richard FurnessDentist, Hoylake
 Sir Ian Derek GainsfordDentist, Jerusalem
 Kuldip Singh GakhalDentist, Wolverhampton
 John Anthony Gamon CBEDentist, Aylesbury
 Allen Felix Saadiah GaonDentist, Edgware
 Victor Tikam GehaniDentist, Stanmore
 Stanley GelbierDentist, Finchley
 Elizabeth Wallace GlassDentist, Glasgow
 Nicola Zeeba GoreDentist, London
 Michael Alan GowDentist, Glasgow
 Linda Helene GreenwallDentist, London
 Alexander Michael GreigDentist, Tetbury
 Daniel GunaseelanDentist, Stanmore
 Harish GuptaDentist, Birmingham
 Hridesh Kumar GuptaDentist, Mirfield
 Andrew HaddenDentist, Milton of Campsie
 James Patrick HamiltonDentist, Naas
 Sean HamiltonDentist, Yelverton
 Sally Jane HanksDentist, Tavistock
 Raghunathan HariDentist, Tunbridge Wells
 Amy Louise HarperDentist, Kirkcaldy
 Kenneth Andrew HarperDentist, London
 Kenneth Joseph HarrisDentist, Sunderland
 Esmail Fakirmohamad HarunaniDentist, Sidcup
 Bryan David HarveyDentist, Brentwood
 Dominic Carmel HassallDentist, Solihull
 Haidar HassanDentist, London
 Sherin Abdulmohamed HassanallyDentist, Surbiton
 Keith Edward HayesDentist, Tunbridge Wells
 Audoen HealyDentist, High Wycombe
 Deborah HemingtonDental Therapist, Bromley
 Edward Paul Thomas HemsDentist, Henley-on-Thames
 Noel HendersonDentist, Roscommon
 Robert HensherDentist, Dorset
 Mark Andrew HillDentist, Cardiff
 Oliver Lee HintonDentist, Knutsford
 Christopher John HirdDentist, Wetherby
 Christopher CK HoDentist, Chatswood, New South Wales
 Ross HobsonDentist, Morpeth
 Alexander HoldenDentist, Crows Nest, New South Wales
 Victoria HoldenDentist, Newbury
 Michael Anthony HortonDentist, Woore
 Mark-Steven HoweDentist, Sedgeberrow
 Ryan Keir HughesDentist, Wells
 Ian Richard HuntDentist, Altrincham
 Abid HussainDentist, Solihull
 Faris Hazim HussainDentist, Beckenham
 Mohammed IbrahimDentist, Bidar, Karnataka
 Javed IkramDentist, Thornton-Cleveleys
 Robert IrelandDentist, Warwick
 Amita JandaDentist, Sutton Coldfield
 Sachin JauharDentist, Glasgow
 Andrea JohnsonDental Technician, Sutton-in-Ashfield
 Stuart Brooke JohnstonDentist, Usk
 Philip Winstone JohnstoneDentist, London
 Ian JonesDentist, Aberdeen
 Adrian Mark JordanDentist, Waltham Chase
 Roy Birander JudgeDentist, Melbourne
 Zaki KanaanDentist, London
 Helen Mary KaneyDentist, Hamilton
 Zoeb KapadiaDentist, Leicester
 Elizabeth KayDentist, Liskeard
 Jonathan Michael KennairDentist, Bolton
 Ian KerrDentist, Hawkhurst
 Pejman KhakiDentist, Horsham
 Khaled KhalafDentist, Aberdeen
 Salman Ashraf KhanDentist, Lahore
 Fazeela Khan-OsborneDentist, London
 Tashfeen KholasiDentist, Hornchurch
 Peter Anthony KingDentist, Wilmslow
 Eldo KoshyDentist, Palarivattom, Kerala
 David Ross KramerDentist, Twickenham
 Anthony Stephen KravitzDentist, London
 Sornakumar KrishnamoorthiDentist, Plymouth
 Jonathan David LackDentist, Edgware
 Ravinder LallDentist, Northampton
 Nicholas Andrew LaneDentist, Bradford
 David LanghamDentist, Taunton
 Herman Kin Man LeeDentist, Hong Kong
 William Wang-Kee LeeDentist, Warrington
 Jason Andrew Leitch CBEDentist, Glasgow
 Gillian M LennoxDentist, Glasgow
 Sharon Patricia LettersDentist, Glasgow
 Yin Hon Alexander LeungDentist, Hong Kong
 Kevin James LewisDentist, Stamford
 Nicholas LewisDentist, Yateley
 Jonathan LiewDentist, Liverpool
 Elisavet LiontouDentist, Aberdeen
 Michael Victor LloydDentist, Chalford
 Chris LoucaDentist, Orpington
 Christopher Daniel LynchDentist, Killorgin
 Naveed MaanDentist, Colchester
 Louis Murray MackenzieDentist, Birmingham
 Fiona Janet MackillopDentist, London
 Derek John MaguireDentist, Dungannon
 Leonard John MaguireDentist, Dungannon
 Derek Roy MahonyDentist, Haberfield, New South Wales
 Yann Georges MaidmentDentist, Edinburgh
 John Lawrence MakinDentist, London
 Natashekara MalleshDentist, Doha
 Rachappa MallikarjunaDentist, Muscat
 George MargaritisDentist, Totton
 Peter MartinDentist, Liverpool
 Hew Byrne Mathewson CBEDentist, Edinburgh
 John Bernard Roger MatthewsDentist, Shanklin
 Peter Walter MautheDentist, Gravesend
 Samuel Mark McAlisterDentist, Leeds
 Louis William McArdleDentist, Theydon Bois
 Ewen Mark McCollDentist, Kingsbridge
 Sinead McEnhillDentist, Enniskillen
 John McVeighDentist, Tavistock
 Shamir Bhupendra MehtaDentist, Stanmore
 Alasdair Gordon MillerDentist, Taunton
 Richard John MillhouseDentist, Cambridge
 Ian James MillsDentist, Torrington
 John Gordon MilneDentist, Wakefield
 Shashi Bhushan MishraDentist, Langford
 Philip MooDentist, Ashford
 Thegan MoodleyDentist, Bromsgrove
 Kirstie MoonsDental Nurse, Nantgarw
 Adrian Nicholas Kenneth MooreDentist, Brighton
 Alyn MorganDentist, Leeds
 David John MorleyDentist, Bath
 Fraser James MorrisonDentist, Edinburgh
 Kishalaya MukherjeeDentist, Wolverhampton
 Sukhdeep MurbayDentist, Newcastle upon Tyne
 Triveni NalawadeDentist, Muscat
 Anoupvir Singh NandraDentist, Birmingham
 Khaja NawazDentist, Chennai
 James Alexander NeilsonClinical Dental Technician, Derby
 Tan Minh NguyenDental Therapist, Templestowe Lower, Victoria
 Lucy NicholsDentist, Thames Ditton
 Matthew NolanDentist, London
 Ette Etim NtekimDentist, Holyhead
 Sarab OberaiDentist, Virginia Water
 Eimear O’ConnellDentist, Edinburgh
 Mark James O’HaraDentist, Horsham
 Dominic O’HooleyDentist, Leeds
 Conor O’MalleyDentist, Hamilton
 Peter OmmerDentist, Glasgow
 Graham OrrDentist, Morpeth
 Christine OsborneDentist, West Byfleet
 Mary Colette O’SullivanDentist, Ashford
 Abhijit PalDentist, Birmingham
 Marie Ruby ParkerDental Nurse, Stanford-le-Hope
 Hussein Saifuddin PatanwalaDentist, Birmingham
 Divyash PatelDentist, London
 Kishan PatelDentist, Pinner
 Pankaj Patel OGWDentist, Uxbridge
 Raseshkumar Shantilal PatelDentist, London
 Tushar Chandulal PatelDentist, Chelmsford
 Kaushik PaulDentist, Birmingham
 Chris PenlingtonDentist, Newcastle upon Tyne
 Keith PercivalDentist, Fareham
 Noel John PerkinsDentist, Kirkby Lonsdale
 Polyxeni PetropoulouDentist, Muscat
 Ralph PickupDentist, Waddington
 Allan Vernon PirieDentist, Glasgow
 Manish PrasadDentist, Birmingham
 Barry Francis Arthur QuinnDentist, London
 Sudha RajmohanDentist, Muscat
 Raj Rattan MBEDentist, Hemel Hempstead
 Deborah ReedDental Nurse, Swadlincote
 Elliot  RhodesDentist, Newport
 Robin John RichardsonDentist, Sutton Coldfield
 Marcello RiggioDental academic, Glasgow
 Christopher RobertsDentist, Truro
 George RodgersDentist, Wigan
 Iain RoeDentist, Halesowen
 Samuel Russell RollingsDentist, Aberdeen
 Catherine Margaret RutlandDentist, Kings Worthy
 Zubair SacranieDentist, Solihull
 Peter John Arthur SandersDentist, Winchester
 Peter SandsDentist, Abingdon
 Ario SantiniDentist, Edinburgh
 Julian David SatterthwaiteDentist, Manchester
 Amir SavageDentist, Alton
 George Christou SavvaDentist, Derby
 Eddie Leonard Caspar ScherDentist, London
 Julian Philip ScottDentist, Eastbourne
 Andrew SeeDentist, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
 Noha Mohamed Said Abdelaziz SeoudiDentist, London
 Kevin Guy SeymourDentist, Baldock
 Nileshkumar Ratilal ShahDentist, Loughborough
 Arthur See King ShamDentist, Hong Kong
 Shaam Ahmed ShamsiDentist, Biddulph
 Pranay SharmaDentist, Ilford
 Pratik Kumar SharmaDentist, Ilford
 William SharplingClinical Dental Technician, Woking
 Naresh Yedthare Yedthate ShettyDentist, Ajman, United Arab Emirates
 Penelope Jane ShirlawDentist, London
 Yejide Olufunmilayo SijuwadeDentist, Bury St Edmunds
 Deepak SimkhadaDental Therapist, Sunbury on Thames
 Gurdeep SinghDentist, Muscat
 Ashis Colin SinhaDentist, Solihull
 Hin Ho SiuDentist, Hong Kong
 Charles Adam Edward SladeDentist, London
 Oliver SmartDentist, Birmingham
 Nikolai Ramsay StankiewiczDentist, Somerton
 Rhona StevensDentist, Bingley
 Graham Douglas StokesDentist, Malvern
 Finlay Andrew SuttonDentist, Lancaster
 Vincent SymeDentist, Taunton
 Susan Rebecca Rose TannerDentist, London
 Millicent Rowena TaylorDentist, Embleton, Western Australia
 Michael Frederick ThomasDentist, Gosport
 Wendy ThompsonDentist, Kirkby Lonsdale
 Patricia Anne ThomsonDentist, Glasgow
 Robert McNeill ThomsonDentist, Glasgow
 Peter Howard ThornleyDentist, Sutton Coldfield
 Adrian ThorpDentist, Cadole
 Akinwale Adebisi TikareDentist, Gravesend
 Paul Anthony TiptonDentist, Altrincham
 Robert Stanley TobinDentist, Birmingham
 Andrew Charles ToyDentist, West Bridgford
 Christopher TredwinDentist, Yelverton
 Michael John TrenouthDentist, Grange-over-Sands
 Jonathan Ramsey TurnbullDentist, Edinburgh
 Christopher TurnerDentist, Bath
 Elizabeth TylerDentist, Lichfield
 Tevfik Cemal UcerDentist, Salford
 Jinesh Jagdish VaghelaDentist, South Mimms
 Alison Drina van den BergDentist, Bristol
 Manjul Karsandas VasantDentist, London
 Rajesh Mohankumar WadhwaniDentist, Cambridge
 Pamela WardDentist, Nottingham
 Faraza WastiDentist, Sale
 Stephen John WatersDentist, Longhope
 Michael WatsonDentist, Manningtree
 Indika Danuka WeerapperumaDentist, High Wycombe
 Brian WestburyDentist, Loughton
 John WibberleyClinical Dental Technician, Kincardine
 Peter Michael WilkinsDentist, Warwick
 Thomas James Spencer WillanDentist, Horbury
 Francis Brian Brian WilliamsDentist, Leatherhead
 Peter James WillyDentist, Bournemouth
 Michael WilsonDentist, London
 Sir Nairn Wilson CBEDentist, Alderley Edge
 Neil Andrew WilsonDentist, Solihull
 James WiseDentist, Teddington
 Robert WittonDentist, Plymouth
 Jason WongDentist, Grantham
 Ian David WoodDentist, Sale
 Jeremy Andrew WoodcockDentist, Chesham
 Mark Stuart WrightDentist, Godalming
 Riaz YarDentist, Altrincham
 Albert YeungDentist, Glasgow
 Nadeem YounisDentist, Burnley
 Patrik Magnus ZachrissonDentist, Huntingdon
 Hassan Mahmoud Abdelrahman ZiadaDentist, Las Vegas

Please note the above list excludes any Fellows who have opted out of inclusion in the College’s Member Register

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Fellowship by equivalence: further update

The list of fellowships which qualify applicants for Fellowship of the College by means of equivalence has been amended.

A year after the College first published Fellowship criteria, a review carried out on behalf of the College Council examined the assessment procedures and required training in relation to those qualifications already deemed equivalent, as well as to a number of additional overseas qualifications.

Fellows of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (FRCDC) and the College of Dentistry of South Africa (FCD(SA)), and dentists who have been Board Certified by the American Board of General Dentistry, are all now eligible for Fellowship of CGDent by equivalence.

These are in addition to Fellows of the former Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FFGDP(UK)); of the Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland, their Faculties of Dental Surgery (FDS) or Dentistry (FFD); and of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS), all of whom were already deemed to be of equivalent standing.

Honorary Fellows of the College (FCGDent(Hon.)) or former Faculty (FFGDP(UK)(Hon.)) who meet the College’s standard membership requirements may also be admitted to full Fellowship by equivalence.

However, Fellowship of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry will no longer be accepted for College Fellowship applications by means of equivalence; but since it is still considered a robust assessment of skills in implant dentistry, it has been added to the list of ‘gateway’ qualifications which provide automatic satisfaction of the Clinical domain for Fellowship applications by means of experience.

The criteria for automatic eligibility for Life Fellowship of the College have been similarly adjusted in light of the review.

Qualifications deemed equivalent will continue to be reviewed periodically, and additional qualifications may be determined to be equivalent over time.

Full details of the requirements for Fellowship are available via the link below.

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A previous update to Fellowship by means of equivalence was made on 23 February 2023

College introduces Life Fellowship

The College has introduced Life Fellowship as a new type of membership for retired Fellows.

It is intended that Life Fellowship will make a greatly appreciated contribution to the mission of the College, elevating the standing of dentistry amongst other healthcare disciplines and helping to take the College on its way to Royal College standing.

It provides an opportunity for retired Fellows, and others whose careers meet the requirements of Fellowship, to make a life-long commitment to the College, to stay connected to the profession, and to retain the recognition earned during their careers throughout their retirement.

Life Fellows will enjoy all the usual benefits of retired membership, and the additional benefits of fellowship, for life. These include eligibility to attend the College’s regular Fellows’ Receptions, to join the 1992 Circle, and to continue to use their Fellowship post-nominals.

“The more Life Fellows, the stronger the College.”

Prof Sir Nairn Wilson CBE FCGDent, President Emeritus of the College

Life Fellows must be at least 65 years old and fully retired from dentistry – i.e. no longer practising and no longer registered with the General Dental Council or any equivalent overseas regulatory or licensing body – and must remain in good standing within the profession.

Subject to these requirements, eligibility for Life Fellowship is automatic for current or former Fellows of the:

  • College of General Dentistry (FCGDent or FCGDent(Hon.))
  • former Faculty of General Dental Practice (FFGDP(UK) or FFGDP(UK)(Hon.))
  • Faculties of Dental Surgery (FDS) or Dentistry (FFD) of the Royal Colleges of the UK or Ireland
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS)

Additional eligibility criteria are expected to be announced soon.

All other retired dental professionals are also encouraged to apply for Life Fellowship if their career history meets the required standards of Fellowship. A Life Membership option is also being developed.

The one-off fee for Life Fellowship is £2,500 for dentists, £1,700 for dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic therapists, and £850 for dental nurses.

As the College is a registered charity, the fee may be treated as a donation, in which case if the individual approves Gift Aid they may claim income tax relief on the difference between their marginal rate and the basic rate (and in some circumstances the effective cost may be further reduced). As Life Fellows will also no longer need to manage or pay annually for retired fellowship, they are also immune from future fee increases.

In a recent interview, Alasdair Miller FCGDent, one of the College’s first Life Fellows, expressed his hope that all retired Fellows will consider Life Fellowship as a way of supporting the growth and prosperity of the College.

If you are interested in becoming a Life Fellow, please contact Sir Nairn Wilson, Honorary Founding President, at [email protected]

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This article was originally published on 27 April 2023. It was updated on 21 June 2023 to include Life Fellowship fees for dental professionals other than dentists, to reflect the College Council’s intention no longer to recognise Fellowship of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry as providing automatic eligibility for College Fellowship, and to add a link to the interview with Alasdair Miller FCGDent.

Why I became a Life Fellow

Alasdair Miller FCGDent talks to Nairn Wilson CBE about becoming one of the first Life Fellows of the College.

Alasdair Miller FCGDent (left) and Nairn Wilson CBE FCGDent (right)

Nairn: Alasdair, first and foremost congratulations on becoming a Life Fellow of the College. A few questions, if I may; firstly, what do you hope to contribute to the College as a Life Fellow and member of the 1992 Circle?

Alasdair: I was attracted to the College as its career pathway seemed ideally suited to a practitioner’s working life and rather mirrored my less structured career development with life-long learning at its heart. I have been very fortunate in my career and becoming a Life Fellow and member of the 1992 Circle allows me to stay in touch and continue to contribute.  I have assisted with the development of the College’s Certified Membership scheme, based on my experiences as Programme Director of Bristol University’s Open Learning for Dentists and updating the arrangements for Certified Membership Facilitators. Life Fellowship was a logical progression for me: FFGDP to FCGDent to Life Fellow, to support the College as it develops and give something back.

NW: Growth in the number of retired and, in particular, Life Fellows would be a great boon for the College. Why should retired colleagues eligible for FCGDent ‘By Equivalence’ or ‘By Experience’, who are not yet members of the CGDent, consider joining the College?

AM: I have always enjoyed the collegiate nature of the profession and company of colleagues. The College, specifically the 1992 Circle provides a ‘home’ for like-minded retired colleagues who wish to stay connected and involved in the profession, albeit they are no longer practising. Fellowship of the College ‘By Equivalence’ or  ‘By Experience’ allows retired colleagues to have their professional experience and achievements recognised and valued, with opportunity, amongst other things, to support young colleagues and put something back into the profession.

NW: What message would you like to send to existing retired Fellows of the College to encourage them to become Life Fellows?

AM: If one is retired and a Fellow, I would ask: What’s stopping you becoming a Life Fellow? In so doing, you provide invaluable support to the fledgling College, helping it to grow and prosper to become the Royal College all Fellows wish it to become.

NW: Is it a strength of the College that all members may aspire to becoming a Life Fellow in retirement?

AM: Yes, it is a strength, specifically as it applies to all members of the dental team. While becoming a Life Fellow in retirement is a personal choice, I hope that all retired Fellows, present and future will consider it a way of enabling the College to continue to grow and prosper.

NW: Finally, as one of the College’s first Life Fellows, what would you most like the College to achieve as it continues to grow and prosper?

AM: I hope the College’s Career Pathway will be valued by the profession and as many practitioners as possible travel up it and become Fellows. Having a structured plan for professional development that is customised to one’s own aspirations and circumstances is unique. The Pathway is a way to have your career development recognised and validated, whilst at the same time acquiring skills and knowledge in areas of interest that support a member’s professional aspirations. It encourages continuous improvement for the benefit of patients, the profession and the professional. I anticipate the College developing programmes that enable College members and others to meet the challenges of modern practice life. In the process, it is to be hoped that the College will be granted a Royal Charter.

NW: Alisdair, many thanks for your insightful views and comments. It is most encouraging and reassuring to know that the College will be able to avail itself of your wisdom and wise counsel during your lifetime.  Thank you on behalf of the College for your commitment and most generous support. Enjoy being a Life Fellow.

Subject to being 65 or over and no longer registered with the GDC or an equivalent body, eligibility for Life Fellowship of the College is automatic for retired former Fellows of the FGDP, and for retired current or former Fellows of CGDent, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry or any of the faculties of dental surgery or dentistry of the Royal Colleges of the UK or Ireland. Retired colleagues from across the spectrum of oral healthcare who satisfy the criteria for Fellowship are also encouraged to apply. Further information is available here.

Nairn Wilson is President Emeritus of the College. Those interested in becoming a Life Fellow are invited to contact him at [email protected]

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College Council election – vote now!

Voting is now open for the South East and South West Thames seat on the Council of the College of General Dentistry, and eligible members are encouraged to cast their ballot.

Four candidates are standing, and Full Members, Associate Fellows and Fellows of the College who have registered an address with the College which is within its South East and South West Thames region are entitled to vote.

The Council is the voice of our members, overseeing our role as a professional body and guiding the development of the College to fulfil its mission. Council members serve three-year terms and elections are held annually on a rotational basis. The elected candidate for the South East and South West Thames region is due to serve from June 2023 – June 2026.

The candidates are listed alphabetically by surname below, together with their election statements, and the deadline to vote is 2359 on Friday 26 May 2023.

All eligible members as of 17 March 2023 have been sent an email by the College’s election services provider, Mi-Voice, to the email address which the member has registered with the College. This contains the unique link/details they will need to cast their ballot online.

Please ensure that your membership of CGDent remains up to date before you vote, otherwise your vote might not count. The CGDent Member Register displays a list of all current Full Members, Associate Fellows and Fellows, together with their College region.

Each member’s allocated region is determined by the postal address they have registered with the College. This must be where the member either lives or works, and will be where their copies of the Primary Dental Journal and all other physical correspondence is sent. Your registered address can be updated in My Account following any change of location. A map of the College’s regions is here.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you think you are a Full Member, Associate Fellow or Fellow of the College but cannot find yourself on the Member Register, or if any of your listed details are incorrect.

If you need to renew your membership, you can do this easily online here.

If you are an Associate Member considering upgrading your membership in order to vote, or a non-member considering joining in order to do so, you will need to allow 1-2 weeks for the process to complete and for your unique voting details to be issued to you. Late votes will not be counted.

Following the election, the results will be announced on Wednesday 31 May 2023.

If you are an eligible member but cannot find the email from Mi-Voice inviting you to vote in your inbox, please check your junk or spam folder, and if necessary double-check the email account you have registered with the College by logging in at https://cgdent.uk/my-account.

If you experience any technical difficulties submitting your vote(s), please contact Mi-Voice at [email protected] or on 02380 763987.

Candidates for the South East and South West Thames seat

Anthony Bendkowski

“I enjoy working as a part of a team contributing both experience and humour. I have a proven ability in bringing teams together so that they can achieve more together than they could individually.”

Candidate statements

Tell us a little about yourself, your background and your professional and personal interests.

Qualifying in 1983 from University College Hospital Dental School, based in the South-East for all of my working life. I am a specialist oral surgeon and have worked in all sectors including general practice, community service, hospital, university and a long standing commitment as chair of our local dental committee. I run an 8 surgery general and specialist practice in South-East London and an implant referral practice in Maidstone.

I have a strong interest in developing pathways for lifelong education and training. I believe that primary care is the home of a high quality patient journey and is the environment for each member of the dental team to develop a fulfilling career.

For me, the College of General Dentistry is the new voice for our profession in primary care. I want to help this voice to be heard clearly for the future with all the many challenges that face us.

Why did you decide to stand for election?

I have decided to stand because I believe that the profession is facing many challenges for the future including recruitment, over-regulation, litigation, underfunding and the prevailing economic situation. I want to help and support the College to be heard as the cohesive and authoritative voice of our profession and to overcome these challenges.

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

For the College to expand its membership and to take its rightful place at the table representing our profession at all levels.

For the college to become the home of a comprehensive pathway of training ,education and qualifications for the dental team.

Give some examples from your professional or personal life that show you have the right skill set to make a contribution to the work of the Council.

Commitment to practice based research – participating in two ongoing multicentre clinical studies in implantology.

Various research and professional publications over many years.

Ongoing commitment to lifelong training and education.

Chair of Greenwich and Bexley LDC for over 15 years.

Past President of Association of Dental Implantology. Organised national conferences and study clubs. Contributed to development of implant training standards guidance with GDC and FGDP.

Lecturer for Brighton and Sussex Medical School Implantology  postgraduate program – helped to develop and implement the program.

Board member of PEERS DentsplySirona Implantology Training and Education Group help to organise national meetings.

Lecture extensively both nationally and internationally.

Member of Faculty of Surgical Trainers (RCS Ed).

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (London).

I am an active airshow/display pilot and own and fly a pair of vintage aircraft in a display team.

Ivy Glavee

“To make a difference and create a structure, process and outcome as well as offer innovative solutions to the needs of the organisation and encourage skillmix to address the shortage of dental health care professionals in areas that need them. To implement an Oral health programme to address high decay.”

Candidate statements

Tell us a little about yourself, your background and your professional and personal interests.

I am a Mentor, Poet, Teacher, Visionary and Author of the book Positive Work Life Balance – how to transform from tired individual to happy, empowered and fulfilled individual using top tips listed as part of toolkit. I am also an Innovative Dental Surgeon.
My philosophy of life is to make a difference which becomes a ripple effect to inspire the next generation.

Why did you decide to stand for election?

I wish to use my experiences to make a difference and contribute.

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

My ambitions for the organisation is twofold. First things first is to identify the needs and offer innovative solutions.

Secondly to create an educational training pathway to help others, encourage skill mix and parent focus groups using the time of sugar rationing as inspiration for the KAB model. (Knowledge, Attitude and Behaviour).

Finally to create a structure, process and outcome that can be evaluated to find out what worked, what did not work and how best to improve.

Give some examples from your professional or personal life that show you have the right skill set to make a contribution to the work of the Council.

Writing articles on Positive Work Life Balance and published

Creating courses and presenting

Organising a conference with an organisation and being a presenter

Taking part in Artificial Intelligence versus Corona Hackathon with data scientists and our team winning first prize

Taking part in leadership landscape

Taking part in collection of thoughts regards COVID 19 impact and published

Participant in research workshop on tackling differential attainment in the medical profession and report published

Being asked to produce a white paper on staff wellbeing in the workplace

I can teach

Having participated in leadership programmes (BEL leadership program and Advanced Dental Leadership)

Roshni Karia

“‘A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.’ (Colin Powell). I would be humbled to continue the hard work and commitment I have already made and I kindly request your support in accelerating not just a vision but making this an absolute reality.”

Candidate statements

Tell us a little about yourself, your background and your professional and personal interests.

My vision has always been to help develop an environment that promotes clinical excellence and confidence whilst supporting peer learning and collaboration as it is here where I believe we thrive the most.

With this in mind, in 2015 I applied and was subsequently appointed an Early Careers Representative (FGDP UK). In 2017, I was elected to represent the South East and South West Thames Region and re-elected as a member of the College Council (2020-23).

During my time, I have held various chairs and was elected Junior Vice Dean (FGDP(UK) 2019-2020) and Senior Vice President (CGDent 2021-2022). I have remained a member of the President’s (Past Dean’s) Executive since 2017 with a central focus on developing Career Pathways for all members of the Oral Healthcare team. Having qualified from King’s College London (2010) I am a General Dental Practitioner and an undergraduate clinical tutor (Periodontology), King’s College London.

Why did you decide to stand for election?

I set out with a firm vision; for each member to confidently and freely serve our community, with the reassurance that they are supported by a strong clinical backbone; guiding and fostering excellence so that we can all strive to achieve our best. Therefore, over the years I have worked tirelessly; especially in developing the Career Pathways and Chairing the Certified Membership Scheme.  This has enabled phase one of this brand-new scheme to launch early in 2023, aimed at providing all members of the oral healthcare team an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities and navigate their personal career journey with flexibility, structure and support.

Having started this journey, I am resolute in developing this so we can continue in ‘Setting Standards and ‘Supporting Careers’. I am determined to support the College’s ambition for Royal Charter as it is here, we can nurture these values and strengthen our professional community.

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

I am now looking forward to building on the progress made to embed a Career Pathway for all members of the Oral Healthcare Team. I have always believed in a professional environment driven by high quality and ethics, however, the environment in which this is learnt and thereafter delivered should be conducive in which to do so. Our profession requires support, refreshed confidence and synergy to be able to do this. As a College, we must rebuild bridges and celebrate peer support with fully supported professional development, so we can all make much more strategic decisions about our careers.

I believe it is absolutely necessary for the College to respond to the contemporary needs of all of our members and pursue our Royal Charter so we can now have an independent, yet cohesive voice and that Dentistry becomes central to mainstream Healthcare; working together at the forefront of clinical excellence.

Give some examples from your professional or personal life that show you have the right skill set to make a contribution to the work of the Council.

Participation within roles as:

•       Elected Board and Council Member (FGDP (UK) and CGDent) (2017-2023)

•       Past Vice Dean 2019-20, Past Senior Vice President 2021-22

•       Chair: Certified Membership Scheme Programme Board and Professional Affairs Committee.

•       Past Chair: Membership Affairs and Careers and Training Committees.

•       Member: Career Pathways Programme Board

•       Member: Forward Planning Group for COVID-19

•       Successful completion of Healthcare Leadership Academy Scholarship Programme (2020-21)

•       Completed (awaiting results) PGCert in Clinical Practice Management and Education (2022)

•       Fellow: Higher Education Academy

With these professional commitments, alongside investing in my own personal development I believe I have a broad understanding of the work undertaken and now required to progress as an authoritative organisation for the Dental Profession with an aspiration for Royal Charter.

The experiences and networks I have built have helped to shape me and have equipped me with the skills necessary to make a meaningful contribution to the work of the Council.

Ian Kerr

“I believe I can bring my passion, my focus, my leadership qualities, and my organisational skills all of which can be used to further the cause of the College.”

Candidate statements

Tell us a little about yourself, your background and your professional and personal interests.

I qualified from Newcastle Dental School in 1989 and have worked full-time in dentistry ever since.

I have worked in both the NHS and Private primary care and at King’s Dental Hospital and Kent and Canterbury.

I have completed an MSc, with distinction, in Advanced Specialist Healthcare and an LLM by research I have also completed a diploma in Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry, a Pg Cert in Implantology, a Pg Cert in civil law expert witness work, and a Pg Cert in Risk Mitigation.

I have developed an interest in dento-legal work and am active in this field as an expert witness.

Outside of dentistry, I have enjoyed rugby, martial arts, and boxing along with endurance events such as triathlon and a half iron man. I now limit my activities to sea swimming and training in the boxing gym without the need to ever let anyone hit me again!

Why did you decide to stand for election?

I feel that the college is a step in the right direction for dentistry and believe that a key lesson learned from the COVID crisis was that dentistry is in urgent need of a Royal College if it wishes to have a stronger voice at the highest levels. This is a process that I would like to be part of and want to offer whatever support I can.

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

I would like the college to become a Royal College and to have the full backing and support of the profession who would see it as the primary authoritative voice within dentistry.

Give some examples from your professional or personal life that show you have the right skill set to make a contribution to the work of the Council.

My organisational skills have been used in organising an expert witness group into a significant body within the field of Expert Witnessing in dento-legal matters, now with over 80 participants.

I have successfully run a multi-surgery private practice for 18 years, having started it from a squat.

From my student years as President of the Society to my rugby days as Club Captain in two of the four clubs I played for and as the founding partner of my dental practice, I have always tended to take positions of leadership when I felt it was an area that I could add value to.




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College Council elections – call for candidates

Elections are due to be held for a number of seats on the Council of the College, and all eligible members are invited to consider standing.

As the College embarks on its third full year of operation – summaries of our achievements in our first two years are available here and here – these are exciting times in its development, and this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and contribute at a national level.

The Council is the voice of our members.  It oversees our role as a professional body and guides the Trustee Board on the development of the College to fulfil its mission.

As a Council member, you would provide leadership, strategic input and direction in all the professional affairs of the College.  You would be helping to shape key moments in the College’s growth and could also get involved in specific initiatives on areas such as careers, policy and standards. A full role description is linked below.

Elections are taking place this year for the following seats: 

  • South and North Wales
  • North East and North West Thames
  • South East and South West Thames
  • Northern Ireland

Time commitment

If successfully elected, you would serve a three-year term, from June 2023 – June 2026, during which you would be expected to attend three Council meetings each year (currently one face-to-face and two online, all typically on a Friday morning), as well as other potential occasional online meetings and committees (normally outside of business hours).

Your first Council meeting would be on Friday 16 June 2023 in London. 

You would also be expected to vote, and eligible to stand, in the annual election of two Vice Presidents, and in the triennial election of a College President, and would be encouraged to attend our bi-annual Fellows Receptions and other face-to-face College events.

You would be able to stand for re-election in 2026, and individuals may serve up to three elected terms (i.e. nine years) on the Council.


All Full Members, Associate Fellows and Fellows of the College, regardless of their team role, are eligible to nominate themselves for election providing they meet the criteria for the relevant seat(s):

  • Candidates for regional seats must live or work within that region, and be registered with that region with CGDent

If you are an Associate Member considering upgrading your membership in order to stand for election, or to vote, or a non-member considering joining, you will need to allow at least two weeks ahead of the relevant date(s) below for this process to complete.


All eligible members as of 17 March 2023 have been emailed a link to the nominations website by the College’s election services provider, Mi-Voice.

If you are interested in standing for election, please complete the nomination process via that link, where you will be asked for further information, and to submit an election statement.

You will also be required to provide the names of two supporters of your application, each of whom must themselves be a Full Member, Associate Fellow or Fellow of the College. If you are unsure of the membership status of potential supporters, please consult our Member Register


Key Dates 

  • Nominations close at 23:59 on Sunday 16 April 2023 
  • The deadline for receipt of referee support is 12:00 on Wednesday 19 April 2023
  • Voting will open during week commencing Monday 24 April 2023
  • Voting will close on Friday 26 May 2023          
  • Results will be announced on Wednesday 31 May 2023             

Useful Documents 

Council Member Role Description 

Further Information 

If you think you might like to put yourself forward as a candidate and wanted further information, we would be pleased to have a confidential discussion and answer any questions about the role and the process. Please get in touch via [email protected] (please note you would not receive a call back before Monday 3 April 2023).

A map showing the regions covered by the regional seats of the College can be downloaded here. If you are unsure which CGDent region you are in, contact us via [email protected] 

The role is voluntary, but we do cover essential expenses. 

Technical problems 

If you experience technical difficulties submitting your nomination, please contact Mi-Voice by emailing [email protected] or calling 02380 763987. 

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2022-2023: the year in review

.Janet Clarke MBE FCGDent, Chair of Trustees, reviews the College’s achievements over the last twelve months.

The transfer of FGDP to the College of General Dentistry in July and August of 2021 was not the end of a process, but just the beginning for the new organisation…

The first few months were dominated by the immense task for the small staff team, of building the necessary infrastructure to support our members and embark on the broader mission that we have set for ourselves. That work continued into 2022 – not just in building a College for the future, but re-thinking our role as an independent professional body, in the modern, post-pandemic world.

The most significant keystone for the College’s future will undoubtedly prove to be the Career Pathways that we have been developing in this time, culminating in the publication of the underpinning Professional Framework in June. So why is this quite so significant?

Dentistry, alongside so many other healthcare professions, faces immense challenges in attracting and retaining the talented people that will define the character of the profession for a generation, and inspiring the best from them. Yet dentistry in the UK faces a greater challenge than other healthcare professions, in lacking the structure and support of a national structure for progression, outside the Specialist Dentist pathway. Our Career Pathways provide a concrete, but adaptable framework, across the entire dental team, upon which we and others can now build the opportunities and recognition that dental professionals crave. It starts with College membership: we now have a clear point of reference for defining the ways in which your membership can reflect your capabilities and experience in dentistry.

Early this year (2023) we opened our Certified Membership scheme to a first group of candidates: a modern approach in supporting dental professionals to find their way and build a career in a fast-moving and confusing world. A chance to fully recognise their commitment and capability. It has been gratifying to see the immense level of interest in Certified Membership across so many organisations that are grappling with the workforce challenges we have been working to address, including regulators, policy makers, and dental corporates.

In April 2022, we launched our new Fellowship by experience, bringing new opportunity for highly accomplished dental practitioners, across our community, to be recognised. We have been delighted with the response, with a significant number submitting applications. The eligibility criteria are being further developed to embrace the great diversity of senior professionals. Feedback has been so positive: at last, we are told, their work can be properly acknowledged.

The College aims to build an authoritative community of leadership in dentistry, enabling the professional team to engage constructively with the challenges for all. In January, we hosted our first Fellows’ Winter Reception in Manchester, to complement the Summer Reception which has attracted an impressive group in the past two years. This is an inspiring occasion in itself; but important, too, in our ambitions to attract active support from those with the influence to make a positive difference in dentistry – harnessing their energy in a common cause. In the same vein, we also hosted our first meeting of the 1992 Circle in Manchester: nurturing the community of outstanding dental professionals in retirement, many of whom have so much more to give to support the profession that has been central to their lives. 2022 marked the 30th anniversary of the foundation of FGDP, and the 1992 Circle celebrates that anniversary in its title, providing the opportunity to reflect on all that the Faculty achieved, and inspiring us in our continuing mission today.

CGDent is now the authoritative body for standards in dentistry, building on the highly respected work of FGDP and reflecting our commitment to setting standards, supporting careers. We continue to revise and update our standards to serve the profession, but also to extend into other areas where we see a need to support the profession. In 2022, we published our Implant Dentistry Mentoring Guidelines, and plan to do more in the arena of implant dentistry in 2023.

One of the major areas of interest for FGDP under Ian Mills’ leadership was diversity in the profession, and we have continued that work in CGDent. Most notably, we are pleased to host the Diversity in Dentistry Action Group, previously hosted by the CDO for England. We have hosted a number of important webinars on the subject, all of which are available to members online.

We have continued the FGDP partnership with Dental Protection to offer a significant discount for Full Members, Associate Fellows and Fellows – but now, with our wider remit, we are delighted that Dental Protection have been able to extend their offer to all dental professionals. All our work aims to address the needs of the whole team, and this is a welcome step in line with our overall philosophy and mission.

Twelve months after the opening of the College for business, we were pleased to publish a special issue of the Primary Dental Journal to mark our own special anniversary: a year since the activation of CGDent. The journal continues to thrive, with a number of notable issues in this past year. The number of high-quality articles submitted to the journal has also increased, as illustrated by the special back-to-back “general issues” that were published in 2022.

Your College depends on the support of its members. These are historic times, as we seek to fulfil the long-held ambition in dentistry for our own Royal College, but that goal cannot be achieved without a strong membership. Help us build that support – which translates into a richer offer for all members, greater authority in the profession generally, and ultimately better advocacy for our patients.

Your membership helps to secure our future: we must not let this opportunity pass us by.
Do tell friends and colleagues!

Sadly this will be my last blog as I stand down as Chair of Trustees at the end of March. I have very much enjoyed my time as Chair and am incredibly proud of what we have achieved. I am delighted to be handing over the role to Mick Horton, so I know the College’s Trustee Board is in safe hands!

You may be interested in Janet’s blog reviewing the College’s inaugural Annual Members’ Meeting in March 2022…

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