College seeks new Dental Trustee

Help us in our historic mission to build a future Royal College for dentistry

Closing date 30 September 2022

A Trustee is being sought for the College of General Dentistry, as we bring the dental team together, to advance oral healthcare in the UK and beyond.

Our mission has never appeared so critical. At a time when dentistry faces immense challenges, we are developing a vital role. We are building a strong and trusted professional community of practice, serving patients and public. Our ground-breaking career pathways and Certified Membership provide new support needed by all dental professionals, and our Guidance and Standards underpin high quality in the practice of dentistry in every part of the country.

We aim to pursue a Royal Charter, elevating the standing of general dentistry alongside its medical professional peers. Dentistry deserves that recognition.

So this is an exciting time to join the Trustee Board of the College. You will help us to establish and shape the development of the College – after one year of operation – reflecting the interests of a diverse and dynamic profession. This is a significant role at a critical moment in our own development, and for the wider profession.

We have a vacancy for a dental professional to contribute as a Trustee to the development of the values of the organisation, demonstrating high standards of behaviour and attitude, reflecting the inclusive professionalism that we seek to embody and our status as a Registered Charity. You will be expected to contribute to effective custodianship of the organisation, with a thorough appreciation of the role of a Trustee.

The Trustee Board, chaired by Dr Janet Clarke FCGDent, works alongside the elected Council of the College, which oversees the professional affairs of the organisation and is chaired by the President of the College, Dr Abhi Pal FCGDent.

You will have an appreciation of business imperatives that underpin a growing organisation, reconciling financial viability with delivery of our overall mission in the patient and public interest. A particular interest in, and understanding of issues related to the professional indemnity of dental practitioners would be an advantage, as they affect the work of the College.

We are particularly interested in attracting people who can help us to engage widely across the dental team, as we seek to reflect their wide range of backgrounds and aspirations. The proportion of women and dental professionals from different backgrounds on the Register is growing, and we want our Trustee Board to be truly inclusive and reflective of our community.

Profile for the role of Dental Trustee.

Applications (by CV and covering letter, which should address the requirements described in the role profile, citing two references) must be received by 30 September 2022, addressed to [email protected]. Prospective candidates are advised that interviews are planned to be held in early October in London. To be eligible, you must be a Full Member, Associate Fellow or Fellow of CGDent at the time of appointment.

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Education partnership with Dentistry Show London

The College will be the headline education partner for the Clinical Excellence Theatre at Dentistry Show London 2022, hosting nine seminars in three CPD theatres over the two-day conference.

CGDent speakers: top row: Jalpesh Patel, Kevin Lewis, Jason Wong, Wendy Thompson; bottom row: Tim Newton, Jacqui Elsden, Pynadath George, Abhi Pal

The College will be welcoming members and non-members alike to its sessions, with eight experts in their fields sharing their knowledge and giving advice on an array of subjects encompassing clinical dentistry, professionalism and career support:

  • Introduction to facial aesthetics and the current educational pathways
  • Duty of Candour: the legal and regulatory risk
  • Professionalism – a medico-legal perspective
  • Creating a positive patient safety culture in dentistry
  • Antimicrobial prescribing in dentistry
  • Mental health wellness in dentistry
  • Supporting staff through menopause (co-hosted with the BADN)
  • Mentoring in implant dentistry: good practice guidelines
  • Record-keeping in the real world of general dental practice

College representatives will also be available throughout the conference at Stand F58 to talk to delegates about the College, its vision for the profession and the benefits of membership, and to answer questions.

Conference registration is free, and delegates will have access to over 100 seminars in all across 6 lecture theatres, as well as over 180 exhibiting suppliers, and the opportunity to network with thousands of dentists, practice managers, hygienists and therapists, dental nurses, technicians and laboratory owners.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Eugene Chan appointed first overseas College Ambassador

The College of General Dentistry has announced the appointment of Dr Eugene Chan SBS BBS JP as an ambassador.

Drawn from a variety of backgrounds, College Ambassadors have a remit to advocate for the College’s mission and vision, and Dr Chan’s appointment further expands the range of expertise and scope of influence within its ambassadorial team.

Eugene Kin Keung Chan is the principal of a multi-disciplinary dental group practice in Hong Kong, where he was born and raised, and the Chief Dental Officer & Chief Public Affairs officer of EC Healthcare, a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He graduated BDS from the University of Adelaide in 1988, and later attained the certificate of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada, memberships of the FGDP(UK), Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) and the Hong Kong College of Dental Surgeons, and the FGDP(UK) Diploma and Advanced Certificate in Implant Dentistry.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Dr Chan is a visiting professor at Jinan University, Guangzhou, and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was previously a part-time Clinical Lecturer in the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Dentistry.  For ten years he was also an Examiner for the FGDP and RCS.

A past President of both the Australian Doctors & Dentists Association of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Dental Association, he has also served as Co-Chairman of the 26th Asia-Pacific Dental Congress, Vice President of the Asia Pacific Dental Federation, a member of the Dental Council of Hong Kong, and a Governor of Prince Philip Dental Hospital.

In 2006, he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the FGDP for his contribution to continuing dental education, and he also holds honorary fellowships of the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of Dentistry International.

Outside of dentistry, he has been a member of the Advisory Committee of the School of Chinese Medicine of Hong Kong Baptist University, the Quality Education Fund Steering Committee and the Council of City University of Hong Kong, as well as both Chairman and President of the Association of Hong Kong Professionals, and an independent non-executive director of Hong Kong listed companies PuraPharm Corporation and Classified Group. He has also served on over 15 government committees and was made a Justice of the Peace in 2011, awarded a Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal (equivalent to MBE) for meritorious public service in 2016 and a Silver Bauhinia Star Medal (equivalent to OBE) in 2021.

Co-author of eleven books, host of a health awareness television show and anchor of an English language current affairs television programme for TVB Limited, he also publishes news articles about Hong Kong and is a past Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Radio Television Hong Kong.

Dr Chan is the College’s sixteenth ambassador to be appointed, and the first based outside the UK. Previously appointed College Ambassadors include:

  • Dr Louise Belfield, Associate Professor of Biomedical and Oral Health Sciences, Peninsula Dental School
  • Professor Jonathan Cowpe, former Director of Postgraduate Dental Education in Wales         
  • Dr Shelagh Farrell, Founder Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK      
  • Dr Marina Harris, Senior Lecturer and Periodontology Lead, University of Portsmouth Dental Academy
  • Professor Jacky Hayden CBE, President, Academy of Medical Educators
  • Professor Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet                     
  • Dame Parveen Kumar DBE, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Education, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London 
  • Professor Jason Leitch CBE, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government
  • Dr Ian Mills,Past Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK
  • Dr Govin Murugachandran, Founder, Flynotes        
  • Dr Yewande Oduwole, Associate Dentist
  • Marie Parker,Deputy Programme Director of Hygiene and Therapy at University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust London
  • Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning, Member of Parliament    
  • Dr Wendy Thompson, Lecturer in Primary Dental Care, University of Manchester
  • Dr Pouya Zohrabpour, Associate Dentist

Details of all College ambassadors are available here

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Non-voting Council members 2022-23

Maria Clark and Igor Blum have been re-appointed as non-voting members of the College Council for 2022-23.

Professor Igor R. Blum FCGDent has been Editor-in-Chief and Clinical Editor of the Primary Dental Journal since 2017, and is a Foundation Fellow of the College and a member of its Professional Affairs Committee.

After qualifying DDS (Hons) from Semmelweis University, Budapest, in 1995, he completed an MSc in Oral Surgery and a PhD in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester, and a Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. Following several years in general dental practice and working as part time clinical assistant at the Manchester Dental Hospital, he became a Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry at Bristol Dental School.

With clinical interests encompassing all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, Prof Blum is a GDC-registered specialist in prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and restorative dentistry, and has lectured widely both nationally and internationally. A Fellow in Restorative Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a member of the European Prosthodontic Association and the British Society for Dental Research, he has also been appointed to the Specialist Training Committee for Restorative Dentistry. He has authored six book chapters and over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers, holds several visiting professorships in Europe and the US, and is on the editorial board of several dental journals, including the Journal of Dentistry and the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

A member and examiner at both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, he has also been an external examiner at the University of Kent. Holding a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, an MA in Education and an LLM (Medico-Legal), he is a member of the Association for Dental Education in Europe, which last year awarded him its Mature Career Educator Award in recognition of his excellence in dental education. He is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, of the International College Dentists and of the Higher Education Academy.

He is currently Clinical Lead and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at King’s College Hospital, and Head of the Departments of Restorative Dentistry and Primary Dental Care at King’s College Hospital Dental Institute, as well as Maurice Wohl Professor in Primary Care Dentistry and Advanced General Dental Practice at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London, and the university’s Director for Dental Outreach Education.

Maria Clark FFGDP(UK)(Hon.) is the College’s Patient Representative, and was previously a member of the Faculty of General Dental Practice’s Lay and Patient Panel (2016-17) and its Patient Representative (2017-21).

Her interest in health services began in 2006 when going through genetic counselling for a rare genetic condition, and she has been involved ever since both as a service user in maternity and gynaecological services and as a supporter for various family members across a range of NHS departments.

As a solicitor, she spent 10 years supporting people disabled as a result of the negligence of clinicians, employers and others, and she has worked for disability organisations and those aiming to redress the balance in health inequalities.

Driven to ensure patient views are incorporated into healthcare policies and research, Maria holds a range of public involvement and engagement positions, including being a Patient Safety Partner at NHS England, Vice-Chair of the British Medical Association’s Patient Liaison Group and Patient Champion at her local GP practice. She is also a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Women’s Network (and lay examiner for their part 3 MRCOG examination), and external research ethics reviewer (and member of the Research Ethics Committee) at the University of Sheffield.

She acted as Patient Representative during the development of both Antimicrobial Prescribing in Dentistry – Good Practice Guidelines and Implications of COVID-19 for the safe management of general dental practice: a practical guide, and was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the FGDP in 2020.

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In memory of Bob Morgan 1952-2022

We regret to report that Robert Leslie Morgan FFGDP(UK)(Hon.), former national board member and West Midlands regional director for the Faculty of General Dental Practice, has passed away aged 69.

Born and raised in South Wales, he was awarded the Licentiate in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1975, and graduated from Birmingham Dental School the same year. He worked at Morgan Dental Practice in Halesowen, a mixed NHS-and-private practice with an orthodontic contract, from its purchase in 1977 with his wife, Sue, until his retirement from clinical dentistry in 2012.

Always encouraging colleagues and peers to go further with their career at whatever stage, and with a particular passion for inspiring the younger generation, he was heavily involved in postgraduate dental education. In the West Midlands, he had been a member of the Postgraduate Education Board, a postgraduate tutor, coordinator for dental nurse access training and Associate Dental Dean, overseeing and running over 100 courses per year. After being awarded the MFGDP(UK), he became a regional MFGDP tutor, later serving as an examiner, then Deputy Chief Examiner, until 2009. As a member of the MFGDP Core Group he was responsible for the OSCE circuit and overseas examinations, and he was involved in planning the merger of the MFGDP and MFDS examinations into the MJDF.

He also lectured and taught throughout the UK as well as in Hong Kong, India, Gibraltar, Singapore and Nepal, on legislative and practice management topics as well as aspects of the MFDGP and MDJF. He achieved the Award in Medical Education from the University of Warwick, and later became an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at its medical school, and for three years he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, as well as Quality Assurance lead for its MSc in Primary Dental Care.

Bob was on the FGDP West Midlands divisional board for over fifteen years, including three as Divisional Director, and served on the FGDP Education Committee throughout his thirteen years as an elected representative on the National Faculty Board. He contributed to the Legislation and Good Practice Guidelines module of the Faculty’s Key Skills in Primary Dental Care e-learning package, wrote a series of articles about Key Skills for First Hand (one of the forerunners of the Primary Dental Journal), and was a member of the Interfaculty Membership Development Group of the FGDP and the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDS). Achieving Fellowship of the FDS in 2008, he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the FGDP in 2012.

He was a member of the BDA, on Dudley LDC for over 30 years, and for four years acted as Regional Advisor and Consultant Clinical Assessor for Bupa Dental Cover. Also actively involved in the community outside of dentistry, he was a member of the West Midlands Library Development Group, Chairman of Belbroughton Parish Council, and Area Chairman and past President of the local Round Table. He was also Chairman of the PTA during the school years of his daughter, Sarah – who is now a dental hygienist and dental team representative on the College Council.

On top of his many professional and civic involvements, Bob had a rich array of hobbies and sporting interests. A French speaker, he enjoyed family caravanning holidays in the south of France, as well as skiing trips to the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps. He was a fan of Welsh rugby, liked playing tennis, ran the London and Paris marathons, and made the Guinness Book of Records in 1982 for driving around Britain. He was a keen gardener, photographer and party host, his Christmas lights were said to be better than the Blackpool Illuminations, and he enjoyed taking his granddaughters Georgia and Louisa ‘Gruffalo hunting’ in the woods near their home.

He was kind, generous, welcoming, and had a cheeky smile that belied his strong will. He was very ill in 2011, but survived against all the odds and continued to play an active but non-clinical role in his practice. He passed away peacefully at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Thursday 14 July 2022, with Sue and Sarah by his side and surrounded by his favourite flowers from his pride and joy of a garden.

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Vice-Presidents and dental team representatives 2022-23

Tashfeen Kholasi and Patricia Thomson have been elected as the College of General Dentistry’s Vice-Presidents for 2022-23, and Louise Belfield, John Stanfield, Bill Sharpling and Sarah Hill have been re-appointed to their roles providing representation of the wider dental team on the College Council.

Top row (l-r): Tashfeen Kholasi, Patricia Thomson, Louise Belfield
Bottom row (l-r): Bill Sharpling, John Stanfield, Sarah Hill

Patricia Thomson FCGDent, Council representative for the West and North of Scotland, graduated from Glasgow Dental School in 1983 and has worked in general dental practice ever since. She became a principal in 1985, sold her practice in 2017, and now works as a part-time associate. She has provided mixed NHS and private care and has an interest in orthodontics. She has tutored colleagues for entry exams for the Royal Colleges, presented teaching sessions on orthodontics to vocational trainees, and delivers postgraduate lectures at RCPS Glasgow. She served on the National Board of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) from 2016-21, and is Chair of the College of General Dentistry’s Regional Funding Panel. She is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and a Past President of the West of Scotland branch of the British Dental Association.

Tashfeen Kholasi FCGDent, Council representative for the North East and North West Thames region, was re-elected after serving as one of the College’s inaugural Vice-Presidents in 2021-22. She is an associate dentist and Chief Clinical Information Officer in general dental practice, as well as a Clinical Tutor in Special Care and Sedation at King’s College London, from where she qualified. With a strong interest in digital health, she is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics, and a former health informatics clinical lead at NHS Digital. She has a Diploma in Conscious Sedation and a Master’s in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice, and is currently completing a Master’s in Healthcare Leadership and Commissioning. She was elected to the FGDP’s board in 2020 and serves on the College’s Membership Affairs Committee, Professional Affairs Committee and Membership Admissions Panel.

The Vice-Presidents support the College President in the delivery of the strategy and policy agreed by the Council, from which they are elected.

Roshni Karia MCGDent stood down as a Vice-President after completing the maximum two years’ service in the role, having previously been Vice-Dean of the FGDP in 2019-20. During her tenure, she has been instrumental in the development of the College’s soon-to-be-launched Certified Membership scheme, and has been appointed Chair of the College’s Professional Affairs Committee for 2022-23.

Louise Belfield, John Stanfield and Bill Sharpling have been re-appointed to the College Council for a further year as the respective voting representatives of dental nursing & orthodontic therapy, dental hygiene & therapy, and dental technology & clinical dental technology. It is intended that these positions will become elected in 2023 following the formation of professional faculties within the College. Sarah Hill has also been re-appointed to provide additional non-voting representation of dental professionals other than dentists.

Louise Belfield AssocFCGDent is a dental nurse, research scientist, lecturer, Health Education England Dental Clinical Fellow, and National Examination Board for Dental Nurses Trustee. Louise trained as a dental nurse in Devon, qualifying in 2001. She has worked across a range of dental specialties at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust including community, special care, and emergency dentistry, as well as in general dental practice. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Biosciences, a doctorate in immunology, and a postgraduate certificate in clinical education. She was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019 in recognition of her continued contributions to dental education. She is a member of the College’s Professional Affairs Committee and Membership Admissions Panel.

Bill Sharpling FCGDent 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. 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 and as the Chief Instructor in Conservative Dental Technology at Guy’s Hospital Dental School. He is a member of the College’s Careers and Training Committee.

John Stanfield AssocFCGDent has over 40 years’ experience as a dental hygienist, and works in private dental practice in Cheshire. He was Editor of the FGDP’s Team in Practice journal and Vice-Chair of its DCP Committee, and now serves on the College’s Membership Affairs Committee. Originally qualifying in the Army in 1980, he has experience of hospital, NHS, teaching establishments and private practice. He has studied learning and teaching, with a special interest in the use of technology and media, was a clinical lead for NHS Test & Trace, and is a trustee for the dental charity Maasai Molar, enabling the education of children of the Maasai region towards better dental health.

Sarah Hill AssocFCGDent qualified as a dental hygienist from the University of Bristol with distinction in 2012, and holds a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Southampton and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education from the University of Plymouth. Working as a hygienist in a mixed orthodontic practice in Halesowen, she has previously delivered presentations for TePe, been a sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline, and a lecturer in Community-Based Dentistry at Peninsula Dental School. An assessor for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and past Chair of the South West and South Wales group of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, she was an Affiliate Member of FGDP from 2013-21, and the DCP representative on both its West Midlands and national boards. 

Abhi Pal FCGDent, President of the College, said:

“On behalf of our members, I congratulate Patricia on her election as Vice-President, Tashfeen on her re-election for a second term, and Louise, Bill, John and Sarah on their re-appointment as dental team representatives. I look forward to drawing on their vast and varied experience, knowledge and expertise as the College continues to fulfil its historic mission to build a professional body for all dental professionals.

“I would also like to thank Roshni for her service as Vice-President, and look forward to continuing to work with her as we launch Certified Membership and in her new role overseeing our professional affairs activity.”

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What have we achieved one year on?

As we approach the College’s first-year anniversary, CGDent President Dr Abhi Pal looks back at all that we have achieved and considers our exciting plans for the future.

On 1st July 2022 the College of General Dentistry (CGDent) will mark its first full year of operation since its formal launch, and I mark the conclusion of my first year as President. The transition from the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng) was five years in the planning and brought with it the hopes and aspirations for a whole profession. The transition period posed a number of challenges and I commend the hard work of the College staff and give thanks to the support of the College Council, our Trustee Board and our many members for helping to achieve a successful first year.

The first task for the College was the transfer of staff and the membership from the RCS, and automatic recognition of Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) membership, fellowship and all FGDP qualifications for the purposes of our own College membership and fellowship. I am pleased to say we have achieved this successfully, despite significant technological challenges.

In line with our inclusive approach to membership, the College now welcomes all members of the dental team with relevant postgraduate qualifications as members. The category of Associate Fellow has been created, designed to be a stepping-stone to Fellowship. We have also launched our criteria for Fellowship by Experience, designed to give recognition to individuals with experience who have demonstrated achievement in a wide range of areas. Membership has also been opened up to non-registrants with relevant qualifications, such as dental academics.

Membership of the College speaks to the professional development of individuals through post-nominals: Full Members (MCGDent), Associate Fellows (AssocFCGDent), and Fellows (FCGDent). In addition, we have expanded our package of membership benefits for all members. These include a discount arrangement with the UK’s largest indemnity provider, Dental Protection, which recognises the high level of commitment to professional development of College members and fellows. College membership also gives access to the wide range of online educational content provided by ProDental CPD. Indeed, the College has now hosted 20 live webinars so far on everything from leadership and professionalism to managing traumatic dental injuries, and from sustainable dentistry to how to get the best from your career. They’re all available for members to view free of charge via ProDental, which will also issue you with an electronic CPD certificate and keep a record of your learning.

The College continues to be the publisher of authoritative guidance and standards documents, originally published by the FGDP(UK), covering areas such as Clinical Examination and Record-keeping, Dental Radiography, Standards in Dentistry, Research in Primary Dental Care, and Training in Implant Dentistry. The College continues to publish Implications of COVID-19 for the safe management of general dental practice, which was developed with the FGDP, and has just released its first sole-published guideline, Mentoring in Implant Dentistry, which was developed with the Association of Dental Implantology and has been endorsed by the British Association of Oral Surgeons, Association of British Academic Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the UK and Ireland Section of the International Team for Implantology.

We continue to deliver high quality postgraduate training through our Postgraduate Diploma in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry, Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics and our recently launched Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics which is delivered through IAS Academy.

The College has secured representation on over 25 committees and working groups across the UK developing national dental and oral health policy. Our College Council is now formed of 25 members from across the UK, as well as internationally. Most importantly we have representation on Council from not only dentists, but also dental nursing, dental hygiene, dental therapy, and dental technology.

The national makeup of the College is reflected in the work that is carried on by our regional groups. We have had very successful Study Days in Birmingham, Glasgow and Gateshead during our first year. The College Council will no longer meet exclusively in London but also in other UK cities from time to time, in order for the Council to engage with our local members.

At the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show in May, I was delighted to meet many members and prospective members of the College. The plans for our Career Pathway was met with great enthusiasm and we also obtained some very useful feedback. The College also provided Core CPD seminars from some of our notable speakers.

Over the past few months I have been invited to speak to groups of final year undergraduates from various UK dental schools about Transition to Practice. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with our colleagues who will be the future of the profession to discuss career planning and the College’s role.

Earlier this month, we held the College’s first Fellows’ Reception at Barber-Surgeons’ Hall in London where we unveiled our Professional Framework which will underpin the College’s Career Pathways.

Proud as I am of everything we’ve achieved so far, we can look forward with even more enthusiasm and anticipation to the next 12 months, during which many other projects and initiatives will come to fruition. These include the launch of the College’s Career Pathways and Certified Membership Scheme, designed to provide a long-needed pathway for professional development in primary dental care for all members of the dental team. We will be launching Phase One of the scheme in the autumn of 2022.

Publication of the second edition of our guidance on research for primary dental care professionals, and of our new Standards for Dental Photography, is anticipated in the forthcoming year. PDJ issues on oral surgery, digital dentistry, aesthetic dentistry, and dental trauma will be published. Upcoming live webinars include social inequalities and dental school applications, periodontal-systemic links, LGBTQ+ inclusion in dentistry, and many more.

Finally, I hope you will be able to join in some of our planned conferences over the next year. These include CGDent Study Days in Birmingham on 1 July and Glasgow on 2 December, 2022. We also have the first CGDent—Quintessence Publishing International Conference in London on 24–25 March, 2023.

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New members elected to College Council

The College of General Dentistry (CGDent) has announced the results of recent elections to its Council, with two new members elected, and five re-elected.

(l-r, top row first) New CGDent Council Members-Elect Subir Banerji and Sagi Shavit, and re-elected Council Members Helen Kaney, Eldo Koshy, Patricia Thomson, Yann Maidment and Sami Stagnell

Subir Banerji FCGDent has been elected to the Central London seat, succeeding Reena Wadia, who served as a member of the National Board of the former Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) from 2016-21.

Dr Banerji works as a general dental practitioner in the same private dental practice in Ealing which he joined after graduating from Newcastle Dental School in 1987. He is particularly interested in restorative, aesthetic, prosthodontic and implant dentistry, and has over 20 years’ experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate dentists both nationally and internationally. Also involved in dental research, he has published articles in numerous international peer-reviewed journals, and is the co-author of books including Practical Procedures in the Management of Tooth Wear and Practical Procedures in Aesthetic Dentistry.

He has both an MClinDent (Prosthodontics) and a PhD from King’s College London, where he is the Programme Director of the highly regarded MSc in Aesthetic Dentistry as well as a PhD supervisor. He is an Associate Professor in Prosthodontics at Melbourne Dental School, an advisor to the General Dental Council, on the editorial board of the Academy of Dental Excellence, director of his own postgraduate educational academy, and Head of Continuing Medical Education at i2i Telesolutions Pvt Ltd.

Sagi Shavit MCGDent has been elected to the Yorkshire and Northern seat previously held by Onkar Dhanoya FCGDent – Chair of the College’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programme Board and its Professional Affairs Committee, and a former Senior Vice Dean of the FGDP – who has stepped down after eight years’ service as an elected representative of the two organisations.

Dr Shavit was born in Israel and was a Captain in the Israel Defense Forces before studying to be a dentist, graduating DMD in Romania in 2009. He soon developed a special interest in endodontics, and after moving to the UK undertook a number of training courses, including microsurgical endodontics, gaining an MSc in Endodontics from the University of Chester in 2015.

Working in a mixed NHS-and-private practice in Darlington, since 2016 he has limited his practice to endodontics, accepting difficult endodontic referrals. He also developed a technique to apply hydraulic cements into perforations and wide canals using his patented Shavit Pellet Former, a push-through mechanism that creates pellets of endodontic cement of predetermined diameters and lengths.

In 2017 he was awarded the MFGDP(UK), and the following year he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Implantology at the City of London Dental School, where he is now a tutor in endodontics. He is also a visiting lecturer at Tipton Training, runs day courses on endodontics in the North East, and has completed an accredited sedation course and begun providing treatment to anxious patients under intravenous sedation.

Helen Kaney FCGDent, Eldo Koshy FCGDent, Patricia Thomson AssocFCGDent, Yann Maidment MCGDent and Sami Stagnell AssocFCGDent have been re-elected to represent, respectively, the National, Overseas, West & North Scotland, East of Scotland and Wessex & Oxford seats.

Dr Kaney is Head of Dental Services in Scotland for Dental Protection, a dually qualified dentist and solicitor, and Vice-Chair of the College’s Professional Affairs Committee. As well as practising general dentistry for many years, she has worked as a clinical assistant in restorative dentistry, a Senior Dento-Legal Adviser and a solicitor acting for dentists and doctors. A Fellow of both the College of General Dentistry and of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, she holds an MBA and is a founding member of the Dental Law and Ethics Forum.

Dr Koshy is a prosthodontist and implant dentist in Kerala, India. Previously Vice-Principal and Head of the Department of Prosthodontics and Implantology at KMCT Dental College, Kozhikode, he has lectured and delivered training across India, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Dr Thomson has worked in general dental practice since 1983, became a principal in 1985, sold her practice in 2017, and now works as a part-time associate. She has provided mixed NHS and private care, and has an interest in orthodontics. She has tutored colleagues for entry exams for the Royal Colleges, presented teaching sessions on orthodontics to vocational trainees, and delivers postgraduate lectures at RCPS Glasgow. She served on the FGDP(UK) National Board from 2016-2021, and is currently Chair of the College of General Dentistry’s Regional Funding Panel. She has also served as President of the West of Scotland branch of the BDA, and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

Dr Maidment qualified from Edinburgh in 1984, becoming a partner in his dental practice in the city in 1987, and then associate in 2019. In 2002, he was awarded a DDS for his research comparing the effectiveness of different modes of CPD. He has held research assistant posts at the University of Edinburgh, served on BDA committees for 11 years and lectured on the use of acupuncture in dentistry. He is a past President of the Royal Odonto-Chirurgical Society of Scotland, and has represented the East of Scotland on the FGDP(UK) National Board, and now the College Council, since 2016. He is the College’s Research Lead and a member of its Professional Affairs Committee.

Dr Stagnell graduated in 2009 and is now a specialist oral surgeon, running a referrals practice in Bournemouth supporting both NHS and private patients. In 2015 he was awarded a merit in his MSc in Aesthetic Dentistry at King’s College London, in 2018 he achieved an MSc in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine at the University of Manchester, and he is completing an MSc in implantology with the University of Madrid. Chair of the College of General Dentistry’s Membership Affairs Committee, he is active in the BDA and Royal Society of Medicine, and was one of Health Education England’s first Clinical Leadership and Management Fellows. He is also an ITI Implant Scholar and a member of the working group which developed the College’s recently-published Mentoring in Implant Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines.

The College is the independent professional body into which the FGDP transferred last year. The UK’s only medical college run by and for oral health professionals, it is unique in welcoming all dental and oral health professionals with relevant postgraduate qualifications into full membership.

The Council is the voice of the College’s members, overseeing its role as a professional body and guiding its development to fulfil its mission. Elections are held annually on a rotational basis, with the seats representing Wales, Northern Ireland, and the South East & South West Thames and North East & North West Thames regions due for election in 2023, and South West England, Trent & East Anglia, Mersey & the North West and the West Midlands due in 2024.

Elected Council members serve three-year terms, and are then able to stand for re-election – subject to a lifetime limit of nine years’ service on the Council, including any past service on the FGDP(UK) National Board. Those elected this year will be inaugurated at the next Council meeting, which takes place in Cardiff on Friday 24 June 2022.

Abhi Pal FCGDent, President of the College, said:

“Many congratulations to Subir and Sagi on their election to the Council, and to Helen, Eldo, Patricia, Yann and Sami on their re-election. I look forward to drawing on their vast and varied experience, knowledge and expertise as the College continues to fulfil its historic mission.

I would also like to thank Onkar and Reena for their dedication and service to the College and Faculty, and for their collegiality and advice during my Presidency of the College and Deanship of the Faculty.”

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Two dentists, one award and 6,000 subscribers

Award-winning early-career dentist, Pouya Zohrabpour, features in the College’s new film and tells us about the innovative educational work he has been doing to support dental students and young dentists.

I remember the day I was studying with my friends for our final exams of dental school and we received an email saying that all our in-person exams have been cancelled because of the Covid-19 lockdown. This was right at the start of Covid. Being one of the Covid year graduates was a very odd experience and I never thought the start of my career would pan out the way it has. I am now a first-year associate dentist and have been lucky enough to start and work on many additional projects related to my dental work.

With my friend Dr Ali Gowie, I run a dental YouTube channel and Instagram account called Two Dentists. This was something we started during the lockdown as we both got bored of watching long one-hour webinars and wanted to create highly educational videos which were professional, concise and easy to understand. So much of dentistry can be complicated but we felt that if we did enough research, we could script videos and break down difficult concepts into bite-sized videos for young dentists and dental students.

Our first few videos, which have been some of the most popular on our channel, focused on the new patient examination. We have made videos on seeing your first patient as a dental student, best way to take a dental history, dental examination, essential diagnoses, radiology and treatment planning.

We have since expanded and released a variety of other videos such as our series on dental photography and Loupes, which have been very popular. After launching and committing to releasing one video every week, which we maintained for a full year, we have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback received from everyone. My proudest moment of our YouTube journey was when a friend of mine sent a photo of a lecturer at the University of Bristol (where I graduated) showing my radiology video to a group of final year students.

The Youtube channel has allowed us to collaborate with many dentists and be in a continual state of learning. We have been lucky to be able to collaborate with Dr Shivam Divani who is the creator of the My Dental Care App. The app aims to educate the general public on the importance of good oral hygiene and to show you how to protect your teeth and prevent dental issues. With Dr Divani we created a six-part video series which accompanies the text and images in the app. These videos have also been released publicly on our YouTube Channel.

My progress on the YouTube channel was one of the factors that led to me winning the FGDP Foundation Dentist of the Year last year – which I am extremely grateful for. I am now extremely proud to also be an Ambassador for the College and to fulfil my role in spreading awareness of the new Career Pathways to support young dentists like myself.

In my foundation training year, I had to decide if I wanted to do Dental Core Training or not. This decision was based on speaking to my friends and colleagues but I found it difficult to make a decision as everyone had different opinions and I was unsure of the pathway I wanted to go down. I am sure many others have been in this position and this is where I believe the new Careers Pathways programme can come in. As a young dentist, having a career pathway which has been mapped by a professional body and shows clear steps in progression gives me security in knowing that I am on the right path for me to expand my knowledge and become a better dentist. Whilst doing so, it’s great to know that my progression will be recognised by the College and I can work my way up to becoming an ‘accomplished practitioner’. I believe the Career Pathway will be a must-use programme for every young dentist who is currently in general practice looking for a structured pathway for continual professional development, enabling you to move forward and enhance your career with confidence.

We plan to launch the College’s Career Pathways in dentistry, underpinned by the Professional Framework, in June 2022. Look out for details in the June issue of our monthly newsletter – sign up to receive it.

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Vote now for your College Council representatives

Voting is now open for seats on the Council of the College of General Dentistry, and all eligible members are encouraged to cast their 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. Seven seats are being elected this year, with elected candidates due to serve from June 2022- June 2025.

 A ballot of eligible members is required for three of these seats:

  • National representative
  • Wessex & Oxford representative
  • Overseas representative

All Full Members, Associate Fellows and Fellows of the College are eligible to vote, and have until 2359 on Friday 27 May 2022 to do so.

Members who have registered a UK address with CGDent are entitled to vote in the election of the national representative, and those within the College’s Wessex & Oxford region are also invited to elect their regional representative. Those whose College address is outside of the UK are entitled to vote for the overseas representative.

All eligible members as of 14 March 2022 were sent an email on Wednesday 27 April 2022 by the College’s election services provider, Mi-Voice, to the email address which the member has registered with the College. This email confirms the election(s) for which the member is eligible to vote, and contains a unique link through which they can complete and submit their vote(s) online.

Please ensure that your membership of CGDent is up to date before you vote, otherwise your vote might not count. The CGDent member register displays a list of all current full members. Alternatively, you can contact us at [email protected] to confirm your membership status. If you do need to renew your membership, you can do this easily online at https://cgdent.uk/renew/

New members joining during the voting period will also be eligible to vote, but should note that it will take around a week for their unique voting details to be issued to them, and late votes will not be counted.

The candidates are listed below with their election statements.

Following the election, the results will be announced on Wednesday 1 June 2022.

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.

Please note, if a candidate standing for both a national and regional seat were to receive the most votes in both elections, they would be deemed to be elected to the regional seat, and their name withdrawn from the contest for the national seat.

Candidates for the National seat

Kashif Hafeez

I want to play my part in delivering education for the college, establishing courses for GDPs.  I want to initiate a mentoring platform for the College, so the GDPs are looking towards the college in the times when they need help and support.

Candidate statements

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

I am a practising implant dentist and most of my working week is spent treating my patients and mentoring young dentists for MOS procedures & Dental Implantology. I teach on different courses  and help young dentists to improve their skills. In addition to being the fellow of this institution I am also a fellow of Royal college of Surgeons Edinburgh and Ireland and also examine for these colleges. I have completed my post graduate certificate in mentoring, coaching and leadership, I often help dentists in difficulty during the stressful times in their career. I am involved in teaching and training as an honorary clinical teaching fellow for UCL, Eastman Dental Institute and visiting lecturer for Kings College London. I am also performing my duties as Dental Ambassador, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh for the South West region. I am also a fellow of the faculty of dental trainers, RCSEd.

Why did you decide to stand for election?

I feel that I can bring my experience and exposure with different organisations to the college and play a part in establishing and strengthening the college’s ambition of training and helping the dentists to grow. I am one of the few dentists in UK who have a formal post graduate qualification, a certificate from Chartered management Institute in mentoring, coaching and leadership, a post graduate certificate in medical & dental education from Oxford Brookes University. I want to strengthen the education platforms offered by the college and initiate the concept of supporting the general dentists through the college platform. I think continuous support and mentoring is an aspect most of the other colleges lack and our college can actually take the lead and establish as a college which support the members with mentoring & coaching. As an international lecturer, I can represent college at International platforms and deliver the college message internationally.

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

I want to play an active part in the delivery of education through the college platform, develop and establish delivery of continuous support for the members and fellows of the college. We as dental professionals have a high level of stress in our professional life, I have experience of dealing and helping dentists in difficulty. I want to initiate a platform in the college which will help the general dentists if they are undergoing difficult circumstances, this platform can truly make this college the representative of the general dentist and an organisation they can look towards. 

I also think there is a huge gap in the delivery of education, as this responsibility is taken up by the course run by different academies and  individuals, which are useful. However, this college as an institution can play its part in delivering quality educational courses for all of the dental profession. 

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.

I have been involved in teaching and training for many years, I am the founding course tutor for the MOS for GDPs course at Londec, Kings College. We established this course 8 years back and this course has been running successfully since then. I have been running MOS for GDPs courses for HEE for many years and have been running them in London and in Thames valley region. We have just initiated a new MOS for GDPs course with NIMDTA Belfast from last year and have been very successful. 

Two days of my working week is helping other dentists, mentoring them for MOS and Dental Implantology, during this time the dentists have the chance to improve and recognise their shortcomings.

I with other mentors as a group ran a successful mentoring  program for dentists in difficulty in Thames Valley and helped dentists during the stressful times.

Helen Kaney

I am knowledgable, hard working and committed to CGDent and would be very grateful and honoured to receive your vote. I believe that I can use my knowledge, skills and experience for the benefit of CGDent, and the whole profession, and I will work tirelessly, with other colleagues, if re-elected.

Candidate statements

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

I am a Glasgow University graduate, qualifying in 1987, and spent many years in general dental practice. As a student and young dentist I always had an interest in law and ethics and later studied law before training and working as a solicitor for several years, acting for dentists (and occasionally doctors) on the instructions of their indemnity provider/defence organisation. I have also worked as a clinical assistant at Guy’s Hospital and at Glasgow Dental Hospital in restorative dentistry, teaching and supervising students. 

I am now involved at senior level at MPS/Dental Protection, leading a team of dentolegal consultants who help members in the UK, Ireland and other countries. My professional interests primarily involve the interpretation of the law as it relates to dentistry and the effective defence and representation of dentists who are facing claims and regulatory hearings. Personal interests include travel and looking after young nephews. 

Why did you decide to stand for election?

I have now been a FGDP (UK) Board/CGDent Council member for 3 years and I have worked hard in the interests of members with other FGDP (UK)/CGDent Council colleagues, especially during the challenges of exiting from RCS England in 2021, together with the challenges of the pandemic. 

I and am very keen to continue this involvement in the profession, on the Council of CGDent, and to continue to work in the interests of dentists and the dental team in as many ways as I can. I would be honoured to be re-elected to CGDent and to help the organisation build on the success that has already been achieved. I believe that there are exciting times ahead, as we work together with the dental profession as a whole, and key stakeholders, in evolving and developing a modern, progressive College that will benefit the whole dental team for the future.

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

The possibilities for CGDent are endless and extremely exciting and I would encourage all members of the dental team to become involved. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the dental profession to develop a College that has the interests of general dental practice, and all team members, as its main reason d’etre and to become involved and to shape what the future looks like in terms of the career pathways and future guidance documents which are to be updated and developed. There is the opportunity for the dental profession to become involved as individuals from the beginning, to enable a whole team approach to career development, and to assist the evolution of a modern progressive College for a modern progressive dental profession. We have never had this opportunity before and we must work together to ensure that CGDent becomes the voice of the profession for the future.

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.

I have had a varied and very interesting career to date, combining my professional loves of dentistry and law in a way that has allowed me to help members of the dental profession when they have been in difficulty, as a dually qualified dentist and solicitor, and it has been my absolute privilege to do so. 

I have to date been involved in various CGDent committees, particularly the Professional Affairs Committee, which is tasked with overseeing the development of the professional guidance documents that were produced by FGDP (UK), the responsibility for which has been assumed by CGDent. I believe that my legal knowledge and training and my experience of working with Dental Protection will enable me to continue to contribute effectively to the work of both the Professional Affairs Committee, and the Council in general, as we move into the future as a College for the whole dental team.

Fiona Sandom

I am passionate about career development for the whole dental team, and would bring that energy and commitment to encouraging the whole dental team to join the college, to develop themselves and their careers to benefit patient care and the motivation to contribute fully to the aims of the College.

Candidate statements

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

I began in dentistry as a trainee dental nurse in 1990. I moved on to Manchester to train as a dental hygienist, on qualification from Manchester Dental Hospital in 1993, I returned to Anglesey and worked as a hygienist until I  qualified as a dental therapist in 1999. In 2013, I gained my MSc in Medical Education from Cardiff University. I currently work part-time in general dental practice, for HEIW as PLVE Chair and Dental Professional Support Unit Lead and as North Wales Regional Lead Dental Educator. I hold a post at Bangor University, in the AWFDCP. I am also an Education Associate with the GDC, an Examiner for the RCS Edinburgh an External Examiner for Diploma in Dental Nursing Programme Trinity College Dublin and a Past President of the British Association of Dental Therapists.

In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, cycling and running and compete in triathlons.

Why did you decide to stand for election?

Starting my career as a dental nurse and have been fortunate expand my career by skills escalators, I would like to join the council to use my experience within dentistry and education to meet the vision of College of General Dentistry. 

I was proud to have been invited to be a member of the College of General Dentistry Reference Group for the career pathway work and excited by the vision and thoroughly enjoyed contributing. 

I am passionate about patient access to care and believe that enhancing educational opportunities, promoting interprofessional care for the dental team is one way that we are able to contribute to achieving this.

In order to address the dental manpower issues, we are facing, it is also important that we are able to retain all members of the dental team and by providing career pathways and cultivating a passion for learning.

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

I would like the organisation to be the first thought when dental professionals think of education and training for their careers in dentistry and as the point of reference for standards within dentistry.

I would like the college to do this by providing a professional home for all members of the dental team to enhance their careers, from undergraduate and trainee to experienced dental professionals and those who have had career breaks or returning to the profession. As well as supporting dental professionals coming to work in the UK for  the first time, to develop professional socialisation and understanding of the dental systems in the UK. In turn the aspiration would be to enhance the quality of dental provision through education and standards, personal and career development and retention.

In addition the development of research in Primary care, ensure research is relevant and pragmatic for use in primary care.

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.

I am used to attending and contributing to committee and council meetings as well being a chair. I have a background in education and as Education Associate for the General Dental Council. I am currently at Bangor University, carrying out Health Service Research evaluation at Bangor University for my PhD and could use my learning and experience to feed into Council and it’s aim of driving the college forward with education and training, and professional development as well as supporting the development of standards.

As Past President of the British Association of Dental Therapists I have experience of working on a National level and understand the differences in the four Nations of the United Kingdom, this has been particularly relevant working on the proposal for the use of exemptions in medicines legislation by dental hygienists and dental therapists across the United Kingdom with NHS England. 

Candidates for the Wessex & Oxford seat

Kashif Hafeez

I want to play my part in delivering education for the college, establishing courses for GDPs.  I want to initiate a mentoring platform for the College, so the GDPs are looking towards the college in the times when they need help and support.

Candidate statements

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

I am a practising implant dentist and most of my working week is spent treating my patients and mentoring young dentists for MOS procedures & Dental Implantology. I teach on different courses  and help young dentists to improve their skills. In addition to being the fellow of this institution I am also a fellow of Royal college of Surgeons Edinburgh and Ireland and also examine for these colleges. I have completed my post graduate certificate in mentoring, coaching and leadership, I often help dentists in difficulty during the stressful times in their career. I am involved in teaching and training as an honorary clinical teaching fellow for UCL, Eastman Dental Institute and visiting lecturer for Kings College London. I am also performing my duties as Dental Ambassador, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh for the South West region. I am also a fellow of the faculty of dental trainers, RCSEd.

Why did you decide to stand for election?

I feel that I can bring my experience and exposure with different organisations to the college and play a part in establishing and strengthening the college’s ambition of training and helping the dentists to grow. I am one of the few dentists in UK who have a formal post graduate qualification, a certificate from Chartered management Institute in mentoring, coaching and leadership, a post graduate certificate in medical & dental education from Oxford Brookes University. I want to strengthen the education platforms offered by the college and initiate the concept of supporting the general dentists through the college platform. I think continuous support and mentoring is an aspect most of the other colleges lack and our college can actually take the lead and establish as a college which support the members with mentoring & coaching. As an international lecturer, I can represent college at International platforms and deliver the college message internationally.

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

I want to play an active part in the delivery of education through the college platform, develop and establish delivery of continuous support for the members and fellows of the college. We as dental professionals have a high level of stress in our professional life, I have experience of dealing and helping dentists in difficulty. I want to initiate a platform in the college which will help the general dentists if they are undergoing difficult circumstances, this platform can truly make this college the representative of the general dentist and an organisation they can look towards. 

I also think there is a huge gap in the delivery of education, as this responsibility is taken up by the course run by different academies and  individuals, which are useful. However, this college as an institution can play its part in delivering quality educational courses for all of the dental profession. 

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.

I have been involved in teaching and training for many years, I am the founding course tutor for the MOS for GDPs course at Londec, Kings College. We established this course 8 years back and this course has been running successfully since then. I have been running MOS for GDPs courses for HEE for many years and have been running them in London and in Thames valley region. We have just initiated a new MOS for GDPs course with NIMDTA Belfast from last year and have been very successful. 

Two days of my working week is helping other dentists, mentoring them for MOS and Dental Implantology, during this time the dentists have the chance to improve and recognise their shortcomings.

I with other mentors as a group ran a successful mentoring  program for dentists in difficulty in Thames Valley and helped dentists during the stressful times.

Sami Stagnell

Dentistry is capable of being bigger and better than it ever has been. My drive and ambition to realise this is matched by my passion for our profession and fuelled by the experiences I’ve gained over the last decade. Realising a real home for dentistry is my priority.

Candidate statements

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

Following graduation I was fortunate to gain a broad experience between primary and secondary care settings. I recognised early on that dentistry required a pragmatic and expansive skillset and so threw myself into gaining as much experience as possible, This lead me to holding posts in general practice (NHS and private) and also hospital where I eventually specialised in oral surgery. Amongst my clinical practice I have trained extensively across subspecialties such as facial aesthetics and Implantology and now lecture to postgraduates too. Since specialising I have continued to work mostly in primary care but maintain intermediate and secondary care posts which has given me a good grasp of what clinicians in all areas face as well as the demands placed on those across the whole profession.

In my spare time you’ll find me in the South Downs cycling or on the coast kitesurfing.

Why did you decide to stand for election?

There are multiple societies that exist for the profession, but none whose purpose has an opportunity to polarise general dentistry like this one. Here I stand for re-election; I was fortunate to be involved with the college during its transition from FGDP through to the CGD and I see my mission as still ongoing. We are in an infant stage of the new college and to be able to continue supporting work on the exciting projects at this fundamental time is important to me.

There is an incredible opportunity for the college to be a true home to general dentistry, incorporating the whole team. Never has such a chance existed – the energy that exists in the council and the faculty as a whole is driving incredible change and it feels right to continue to fuel this momentum whilst it exists in the way that it does.

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

In its new state, the chance to be a driving force for general dentistry has never been so important. The pandemic realised much anxiety around the profession and identified more than ever that all members of the team feel regularly isolated. By driving a collective mentality forward and a sounding board that recognises and validates the contribution of other societies and faculties too, we can encourage generalists to realise inspiring and empowering careers.

Using the incoming career frameworks and the new fellowship model, we can blow old ideals and false values out of the profession and foster stronger and robust relationships between peers and within the whole team. 

Dentistry has to reconsider its image publicly and with other medical specialties too: here we have a chance to evolve our reputation so others can see the value generalists bring to the table.

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.

I am fortunate that over the last decade I have held posts throughout different political groups and these include – 

  • BDA Young Dentists and Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services
  • Honorary Secretary to the Odontology section at the Royal Society of Medicine
  • National Trainee representative for British Association of Oral Surgery
  • One of the first Clinical Leadership Fellows with Health Education England
  • Young ITI ambassador
  • Met Branch president BDA
  • LDN observer
  • member of 3 MCN groups

I also hold postgraduate teaching roles privately and also with the University of Manchester and previously with KCL.

Furthermore I am a practice owner and recognise the very real, daily struggles that many have to deal with.

Candidates for the Overseas seat

Eldo Koshy

“Become the bridge between the College, dentists and institutions outside the UK. To promote and establish the objectives of the College. To uphold the position of the College among the dental community outside the UK thus uplifting the standard of the profession.”

Candidate statements

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

I obtained BDS degree in 1995 and Masters in Prosthodontics in 2000. I practice in Cochin,Kerala,India.

I practice general dentistry along with Prosthodontics and Implantology.

I am a Fellow of the College of General Dentistry, Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and an ITI member.

I have been teaching as a faculty in Prosthodontics for undergraduate and postgraduate students in various dental colleges in India for thirteen years and was the Head of the department of Prosthodontics and Implantology for several years. Currently I train dentists in Prosthodontics and Implantology in my academy.

I am keen in upgrading my professional knowledge and skills at the same time building healthy relationships with colleagues that I meet. This has helped me personally and also resulted in benefitting my peers personally and professionally.

Why did you decide to stand for election?

Dentistry is practiced differently in different parts of the world. CGDent provides opportunities for dentists like me practicing outside the UK to attain high professional standards and top quality postgraduate education in dentistry. CGDent has set gold standards for clinical and non clinical aspects for practicing dentistry. CGDent also offers a range of career pathways to dental professionals and a facility to obtain knowledge and skills at any stage of their career. This method for lifelong learning is unique. By becoming a board member I could effectively disseminate this information to those practicing outside the UK through my association with dentists and dental organisations.

 As a board member I will be able to

  • Help to initiate and develop dental programmes internationally
  • Help the members practicing outside the UK to become Certified Members / Fellows of CGDent
  • Help to find acceptance for international courses
  • Help international dentists to obtain recognition 

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

CGDent is about supporting careers and setting standards. My ambition is to support the professional development of dentists and provide recognition for their achievements irrespective of where they practice.  

I envision to cultivate and nurture a strong dental community that strives for continuous improvement in every aspect of patient care through effective education and training extending throughout their career. Lifelong learning with the support of CGDent for personal growth and skill development of international dentists is also my goal.

This would help to establish a professional standing for the dental practitioners and develop excellence in the treatments delivered.

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.

As an Associate member I had organised two cohorts of hands-on courses for dentists living outside the UK. During my tenure as a Board member though Covid restrictions prevented the commencement of the third batch, I organised an online CPD programme for international dentists on ‘Safe returning to practice’ by eminent speakers in the UK.

My submission before the board regarding the reduction of membership fee for international dentists was well considered. The present discounted membership fee for dentists practicing outside the UK testifies it.

My experience as Review Board Member of the Journal of the Indian Prosthodontic Society and Editorial advisor of the Kerala Dental Journal could be utilised by the board.

I regularly conduct CPD programmes for the Indian Dental Association and have conducted hands on dental training in Sri Lanka and the UAE. I can contribute this experience to organise such training by the board outside UK.

Pankaj Patel

I have a zeal for promoting oral care and education, both internally and abroad, as recognised by my posts with a string of International Organisations. Hopefully, my involvement will be beneficial to the progression of the college as I am dedicated to the aims and objectives of CGDent.

Candidate statements

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

I am a diplomat and was a Board Member (First Overseas Representative) of the FGDP (UK), a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

I was awarded the National Honor – The Order of Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) by his Excellency, the President of Kenya in recognition of outstanding and distinguished services rendered to the nation in Dentistry. 

I am a Specialist in General Dental Practice, have a busy private practice and have contributed a vast amount of my time and expertise to actively aid in the development of dentistry in Kenya as well as admirably participating and shaping continuing education in the profession. I was a lecturer and examiner in Restorative Dentistry at Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Nairobi for over 15 years.

Why did you decide to stand for election?

I was elected the first Overseas Board Member of FGDP(UK) in May 2016.

I am one of the five nominated Founder Trustees of the College of Dental Surgeons of Eastern Africa ( a virtual college, with the principal objective of promoting the advancement of Dentistry in Kenya and the Region through post-graduate training in various Dental Specialities) which is in the final stages of formation. 

Kenya has adopted Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as one of the big four priority agenda with the aspiration that all persons in Kenya will be able to use the essential services they need for their health and well being through a simple unified benefit package.

Oral health is a key determinant of overall health and socio-economic development as outlined in the Kenya Oral Health Survey Report of 2015. 

Affiliations with CGDent and RCS will be beneficial.

What are your ambitions for the organisation?

I have carried out regular  and extensive postgraduate studies in the UK, Europe and the USA to enable me to continue providing very comprehensive oral care at both primary and secondary care levels at the highest standards in Kenya. I have also had a life-long involvement in the building up of health care facilities in Kenya.

I have been a lecturer and examiner at the University of Nairobi Dental School and also been involved with the training of nurses.

I have a zeal for promoting oral care and education, internally and abroad as proved by my posts with a string of international organizations. 

I initiated early links with FGDP RCS Eng and set up the first MFGDP study group in Nairobi. I continued my close involvement and support resulting in being elected the first ever overseas member of the FGDP(UK) board.

I hope similar links with FCGDent.

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.

FGDP(UK) Board Member 2016-2019

Academy of Dentistry International – Regent for Africa and Middle East

Vice President International Affairs
Chaired various committees.

Pierre Fauchard Academy –     International Section Chairperson

Trustee Region 11-Africa
International Vice President 2021-2022
President-elect 2022-2023
President 2023-2024
Chaired various committees.

International College of Dentists-     Regent, East Africa

International Councillor- Africa
Chaired various committees.

Conducted ICD Convocation/Induction Ceremonies in – Cape Town, South Africa
Alexandria, Egypt
Mombasa, Kenya (twice)

University of Nairobi Dental School-     Lecturer for over 15 years

Internal Examiner for BDS

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dental Council- Registered as the only Specialist in General Dental Practice.

Upper Hill Medical Centre (a purpose-built building completed in 2001 is wholly owned by 30 prominent doctors)- Founder Board Member

Jalaram Medical Services ,an ultra-modern charity medical facility- oversee the Dental Department. 

College of Dental Surgeons of Eastern Africa (final stages of formation)-
One of the five Founder Trustees

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