Dental Protection has appointed Raj Rattan MBE as the new dental director, who will replace Kevin Lewis in summer 2016.
Raj has over 30 years’ experience in dental practice and has been associated with Dental Protection for over 20 years, first as a dento-legal adviser and more recently as a senior dento-legal consultant, he is also strategic associate dean at the London Deanery.
In 2008, Raj was appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to dentistry and he is former policy adviser to the Department of Health.
‘It is a huge privilege to be given the opportunity to lead a very talented team who are dedicated to dentistry,’ Speaking on his appointment, Raj Rattan said.
‘There are over 100 members of staff and consultants in Dental Protection in the UK, with an enormous breadth of expertise and experience.
‘We also have colleagues who serve dental members in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
‘Members should be reassured that if they face a difficult situation that arises out of their practice, they will receive assistance from experienced dentists with legal training, who will help them at every stage.
‘Having been in practice for over 30 years, I understand our members’ fears, aspirations and the issues they are facing.
‘We are here to support and educate members, and protect them from risk throughout their career.
‘I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in helping to shape a better future for our dental members and for the profession, by listening to their concerns, working closely with key stakeholders and continuing to provide tailored courses and events.
‘I believe that by helping dentists in their professional careers, we are also creating a happier and safer environment for patients.
‘I also want to take this opportunity to thank Kevin Lewis for not only his strong leadership and personal friendship, but also his sense of purpose that has made Dental Protection what it is today.
‘I want to build on this past success and focus on providing a world class service for our members so that together we are better prepared to meet future challenges.’