New Year’s honour for dentist

A Newcastle dentist has been made an MBE for his services to NHS dentistry.

Shiv Pabary, 48, a general dental practitioner and a dental advisor for Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trusts, said he had a ‘magical week’ when he found out about his appearance in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

He qualified in 1985 from Newcastle Dental School and, after vocational training, worked as an associate for two years.

He became a principal in 1988 and now works between three NHS practices. He is also a part-time Dental Adviser to two primary care trusts and is chairman of the GDC’s professional conduct committee.

Shiv has held a part-time teaching post at Newcastle Dental Hospital in the Conservation Department since 1993. He obtained his Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners in 1992.

He has been a member of the British Dental Association’s General Dental Practice Committee since 1996 and sits on the education sub-committee and is also vice chair of the British Dental Guild.

Shiv has been a Vocational Trainer for 12 years and has been a postgraduate dental tutor since 1995 and is currently the Tutor in Clinical Governance for the Northern Deanery and past Chairman of the Oral Health Improvement Group in Newcastle. He has been a lay magistrate since 1995 and holds a Law Degree (LLB Hons.) from Northumbria University.

He was delighted at the honour.

He said: ‘It was a magical week when I found out in November. On the Tuesday I was invited to Buckingham Palace for a healthcare reception and met the queen and then on the Friday I found out about the MBE – and the two were totally unrelated.

‘My sister is coming over from India to join my wife and I for the ceremony. Sadly, my parents have passed away but my mum would have been very proud.’

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