I am registered as a dentist with the GDC and have more than 35 years’ clinical experience in general dentistry, both in the NHS and private sectors.
My experience as a Clinical Adviser with the GDC and Expert Witness with the leading Dental Indemnity organizations means that I am familiar with the GDC Fitness to Practice Process. More importantly, I bring insights from the patient’s, the GDC’s and the registrant’s perspectives.
The majority of my work is with dental registrants who are facing a GDC Fitness to Practice case. I support them in deepening their self-awareness and insights into the issues raised by the GDC and/or the NHS. Much of this involves creating an effective Personal Professional Development Plan to address the conditions on their GDC registration. As a Myers-Briggs Practitioner, I can help registrants gain a greater understanding about themselves and about others they work and live with. I find this an effective method to develop self-awareness and insight, both of which are necessary tools in order to move forwards.
I have published several articles in the BDJ on mentoring and the GDC: Mentoring: Why now? | BDJ In Practice (nature.com) Mentoring, performance and the GDC | BDJ In Practice (nature.com) , Mentoring: Person-centred care | BDJ In Practice (nature.com).
I ran my own practice from 2005 until 2018 and I am only too aware of the need to maintain a healthy work-life balance. I understand how any domestic issues (poor health, relationship problems, anxiety etc) can quickly affect patient care. Likewise, any professional disputes (whether this is related to a business partner, staffing problems or patient complaints) can spill into and invade our personal lives. It has become clear to me that in order to deliver our best care to patients, we ourselves have to be at our best. When we are not at our best, things unravel very rapidly. That is why I passionately believe in mentoring as an effective way to help us get back on our feet when circumstances start to overwhelm us.
As a professional Mentor, I have coached other business owners from a wide sector. My clients have commented that I have a warm and friendly approach and that I have inspired them to move forwards despite their individual challenges.
I work throughout the UK and offer one to one sessions remotely or face to face. I aim to fit around your schedule, whether it be during surgery hours, evenings or weekends.