I have extensive experience from local to national, clinical to management, strategy to policy. I have been involved in delivering formal training programmes for most of my professional life, starting with being a vocational trainer, to specialist training in dental public health. A number of my past trainees now hold significant positions.
I have been an examiner for both undergraduate and post graduate programmes, including being a Chairman of the Examining Board for MCCD. I have significant skills and experience in leadership, management and change management, including chairing numerous committees. I have held the posts of Honorary Secretary and President of BSDH, President of BASCD, and currently President of NAPDUK. Influencing skills have been a very important factor in my professional work. I enjoy supporting others in their development.
I have always had been interested in ensuring equity of care and improvements in oral health for all members of society, and in particular the most vulnerable. This is what drove me to undertake my Masters Degree in Dental Public Health and follow that path. Throughout my career I have enjoyed teaching and training and in turn have learned much from those I have worked with. I have been involved in population approaches to improving oral health, targeted approaches and practice-based approaches.
The work that I am probably most known for is as Chairman of BASCD being asked to chair the working group that delivered the First Edition of “Delivering Better Oral Health” in 2007. Subsequently, as Deputy Chief Dental Officer, I delivered the first review of "DBOH” and the publication of the second edition in April 2009, receiving much international interest.
As Director of Dental Public Health in Public Health England I commenced the second review in preparation for the third edition, published in 2014. As Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England I was heavily involved in the dental contract reform programme and developing the focus on prevention and outcomes. I have led the development of clinical outcome indicators for testing as part of the contract currency and the embedding of prevention within a structured clinical pathway, Underpinned by a consistent comprehensive oral health assessment and risk assessment across 4 clinical domains. I have led the specification development for the supporting dedicated software, which also generates a prevention plan for the dental team and a self-care plan for the patient.
Since my retirement from full time work I have “gone back to my roots” with Community Dental Services and found new challenges working with an employee owned Social Enterprise “Community Dental Services CIC”, and exploring the opportunities this provides for delivering oral health care and improvements to the most vulnerable.