I felt it was essential to provide vocational training for the younger generation of dentists, enabling newly qualified dentists to gain experience under the mentoring of a more experienced dentist. As the practice was originally situated in rented first-floor accommodation, I bought a property in Worle in 1993, which I converted to provide two surgeries. The practice continued to grow in size, and in 1998 it was the only one in Weston-super-Mare to achieve BUPA accreditation. Labour’s loss The advent of Tony Blair’s government led to restriction in the number of NHS treatments that dentists could provide. As such I began an increasingly successful private practice, while continuing to treat NHS patients, many of whom had been coming to see me for years, some from the very beginning. I now see their children and even grandchildren. Prior to 2006, dentists could treat as many NHS patients as they could fit in. Since the new dental contract was imposed by the Blair government, despite dentists perhaps having the time and availability to treat patients, and the fact that there may be hundreds or even thousands of NHS patients waiting for dental treatment, there is no funding for premises, staff or materials to treat them. Dentists would therefore be forced to pay out of our own pocket if we treated more NHS patients.
A professional, personal and caring service
Dental Services Committee Deputy Regional Representative for Avon and Gloucestershire and was a Council member of the General Dental Practitioners Association. I was also a member of interviewing panels to appoint VT advisers and also the Regional VT Adviser. My various professional memberships include the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry, the British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry, the British Society of Periodontology, the Medical Protection Society, the British Dental Association and the British Psychological Society. In September 2014 I gained an honours degree in law from the Open University, which I find very useful as I am sometimes called upon to prepare dento-legal reports for people who may have suffered injury to teeth or mouth.
I felt it was essential to provide vocational
training for the younger generation of dentists
Professional dental bodies
I have served on a number of professional dental bodies, including Avon Local Dental Committee, even becoming its treasurer. In addition to this I was the General