Following our recent elections, BDA Wales is pleased to welcome some new and familiar faces. Meet your new chairs, and vice chairs as they outline their plans for the next three years.
There is still time to get involved in work that impacts on the whole profession in Wales, by standing in the upcoming by-elections.
Chair of Welsh Committee for Community Dentists
I am a Wolfson Foundation Scholar graduating from Cardiff Dental School in 2001. I have worked for the past 15 years in the Community Dental Service, having previously worked in General Practice and Cardiff Dental School where I held a position of Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Oral Medicine. As a Dental Officer, I previously worked for Cardiff and Vale UHB in Barry and the Rhondda Valley, and am currently working as a Senior Dental Officer in the Bridgend area treating special needs children and adults for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB.
My week is split between treating patients under General Anesthetic & Sedation and treating patients on a Mobile Dental Clinic in a Medium Secure Forensic Mental Health clinic. Outside of work I lecture nationally on the use of Acupuncture within Dentistry as an adjunct to treatment and as a means of pain and anxiety control; with delegates travelling from overseas to attend the courses that I teach for the British Dental Acupuncture Society. When not lecturing, I promote and works with Bridge2Aid, a dental charity providing vital dental pain relief & training for healthcare workers to deliver sustainable dentistry in the developing world.
For this Triennium, the initial plans for WCCD are to improve patient access to treatment within CDS by working with The Welsh Ambulance service and thus provide a more Prudent Healthcare model. There will also be work to do on the implementation of the FP17W and ACORN into the CDS, whilst ensuring that the case complexity of the patients we treat is represented in the data collected. The creation of an online Appraisal system for the Community Dentists in Wales will also be a priority.
Chair of Wales General Dental Practice Committee
I am an associate working in general practice in Llandovery and Llandeilo. After qualification in 2009 I worked as an associate in several practices across South Wales. I am also an Educational Supervisor for Dental Foundation Training.
My priorities as Chair of Welsh GDPC will firstly be focussed around NHS contract reform where I will press for robust evaluation and encourage positive engagement within the reform process. My second priority is to move dentistry up the health agenda as a whole as I feel we all underestimate the impact the mouth has upon the body as a whole.
"Having served on WGDPC and GDPC for several years I appreciate the challenges we face as dentists, with litigation, regulation and the present contact situation key players. These challenges are ongoing and whilst we may not be able to win every battle we must not take the easy route out and stand by and moan when things don't go our way. We need to try to make a difference.
Chair of Welsh Council
I graduated from Glasgow University in 1978 and have spent more or less my whole career working in my NHS practice in Aberdare. I have been a member of LDC continuously from 1980 to present date and have served as Treasurer. Throughout the years I have served on many Committees such as GDPC, WGDPC, Welsh Council and Welsh Dental Committee to name but a few! I have also been a non-executive member on the board of Cwm Taf UHB.
In the last triennium I was Chair of WGDPC and am currently vice-chair of WDC. I have now reduced my clinical commitment and am only working as a DPA for Cwm Taf UHB.
It has been a great privilege to serve on all of those committees and I have made some very good friends along the way. It is a very true statement that the more you give the more you get so why not give Welsh Council a go?
Welsh Council is unique in that it represents BDA members from all crafts of the profession – general practice, community, hospital services and academia. Looking forward to the coming triennium my hope is that Council will have full representation from all the crafts and all regions of Wales. This will give us a strong voice to inform PEC of the views and concerns of Welsh members and help to shape policy and strategy.
BDA Wales campaigns for the interests of all dentists working in Wales. With our elected committee members, we negotiate on behalf of the profession on terms and conditions, pay and contracts: join us.