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Leah Adams


​Leah qualified from Birmingham University in 1997. Following her vocational training she worked in general practice, hospital and the community dental service. Her special interest is in treating nervous and phobic patients. In 2007 she gained her certificate in Sedation and Anxiety Control from Bristol University before moving into general practice, where she currently provides conscious sedation to nervous children and adults and heads up the sedation team. Leah completed a Diploma in Conscious Sedation at Cardiff University in 2012 before completing the  Master's Degree shortly after. She has a particular interest in promoting and teaching sedation and was a clinical lecturer in Conscious sedation at Cardiff Dental School for several years. She is currently a member of the SAAD teaching faculty and also leads update courses in Conscious Sedation for dentists and nurses in the Cheltenham area.

Chris Bell



Chris is an Associate Specialist and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Oral Surgery and Dental Science at Bristol Dental Hospital. After graduating from Bristol Dental School in 1980, Chris became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Faculty of Dentistry in 1984. He gained his Masters Degree in Dental Science in 2002. Chris is passionate about dentistry and he is an active member of the dental community in the UK and Ireland, his main interests are oral surgery and treating nervous patients under sedation.

Balqees Bi



​Balqees qualified with clinical distinction from the University of Birmingham in 1996.  Following this she passed the MFGDP(UK) exam in 1998 and the MFDS exam in 2001. She obtained the MSND from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2005.  She is employed as a specialist in special care dentistry in the salaried dental services for Leeds Community Healthcare, where she is the lead for adult patients.  Her special interests include the management of medically compromised patients, and complex patients requiring dental care under general anaesthesia. Balqees is an elected member for the BDA CDS Group Management Committee and an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Mark Dayer



Mark is a consultant cardiologist. He qualified from Guy's and St Thomas' in 1995 and became a consultant in 2007. He works at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. He is a general cardiologist with a particular interest in heart failure and devices (pacemakers). He has a long-standing interest in infective endocarditis and has spent many years studying in particular the role of antibiotic prophylaxis. He has been fortunate to be part of an international multidisciplinary group who have published extensively in the field. He was an advisory member to NICE when the guidelines were revised in 2015.

David Gabbott



David is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. His interests include obstetric, paediatric and 'special needs' anaesthesia. He has anaesthetised for a Special Needs/Learning Disability Dental List for 20 years. He is Chairman of GRHNHSFT Resuscitation Committee, member of the Executive Committee of the Resuscitation Council (UK) for the last 18 years and previous Chairman of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) subcommittee.

Barry G Main





​Barry completed his dental training in Dundee and medical training in Bristol. He has worked in hospital posts around the UK. He is currently a clinical academic based in Bristol and combines health services research with clinical work in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He holds memberships in dental surgery and surgery in general from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and a PhD from the University of Bristol.

Joanna Nicolas


Joanna is a national commentator on safeguarding children, appearing regularly across the BBC, Sky and ITV. She speaks at national conferences and is a writer and published author.  Joanna undertakes a range of consultancy work including the role of national safeguarding advisor to Home-Start UK and special advisor to the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass). She also undertakes serious case reviews and works on organisations' safeguarding policies and procedures.Joanna develops and delivers safeguarding training and is a core trainer for her Local Safeguarding Children Board. Joanna has been a social worker for 21 years.

Tara Renton

Tara (Specialist in Oral Surgery) is a dentist with a particular interest in trigeminal nerve injuries and pain. She completed her dentistry at Guys (1984), Oral and Maxillofacial surgical training in Melbourne (1991), undertook a PhD in Trigeminal Nerve injury at KCL (1999-2003) and senior lectureship at QMUL (2003-6). Tara is on the Dental Update Editorial Board, she has co-edited the BDA clinical manuals for Oral Surgery Books I and II, editor of Warman OFP book and editor of 'The Art of LA' with Andrew Mason. Tara is an elected member of the RCS England FDS Board, the RCS Eng National advisor for Oral Surgery, member of the Oral Surgery SAC and Dental Senate. She represents dentistry on the National Surgical Safety Board, she is London South CLRN lead and she is President of the British Association Oral Surgeons.

Petrina Wood



Petrina qualified from Sheffield in 1996. Post VT she embarked on hospital roles within most of the dental specialties. She moved into a Dental Officer role in Bristol in 2000. She worked within the service in Bristol from this time to 2015 within many roles being promoted to Clinical director in 2009. During this time she completed her MSND at Edinburgh and was appointed Educational Supervisor for the first Special Care Registrars in Bristol. She was appointed the first Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at Manchester Dental Hospital in 2015. Her role maintains CDS and university commitment.