More appointments to hearings panel

The General Dental Council has announced the appointment of 30 more dental professionals to its independent Fitness to Practise Panel.

Members of the panel are responsible for hearing cases where a registered dental professional may not be fit to work because of poor conduct, health or professional performance.

The new appointments will help meet the increasing demand on the panel which now rules on a broader range of hearings, including those about dental professionals’ performance and appeals against rejected registration applications.

The panel includes lay people as well as dental professionals, and now has 78 members in total. This comprises 40 dentists, 22 lay people and 16 dental care professionals.

GDC president Hew Mathewson said: ‘We are delighted to announce the appointment of 30 new Fitness to Practise Panel members. The new panellists will play an important role in safeguarding the public and upholding standards within the dental professions.’

The new panel members are:
Dentists: Ayée Marie McGrath, Helen Parkinson, Christopher Hoyle, Nicholas Young, Anita Nolan, Suzanne Noble, Sally-Anne Atkinson, Robert Tobin, Harneet Mangat, John Makin, Catherine Brady, Jonathan Baber, Anthony Markham, Josephine Hassan, Anthony Mellor, Philip Johnstone, Roland Kitchen, Denise Forshaw, Satnam Singh Moonga, Jane Fenwick.
Dental hygienists: Pippa Stewart, Patricia Macpherson, Janet Reid.
Dental nurses: Margaret Saunderson, Carol Denning-Kemp.
Dental technicians: Anthony Griffin, David Kime, Maja Jackson.
Dental therapists: Ruth Lovering, Lynne Stuart.

The vacancies were advertised in the dental media and applications were sought from all GDC-registrant groups. New members were selected through an interview process and will receive thorough training before they start to hear cases.

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