In a message to members, the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has announced the membership of a ‘Transition Board’ as it works to establish an independent College for general dental practice.
The board is chaired by Professor Nairn Wilson CBE, Emeritus Professor of Dentistry at King’s College London, a Past President of the British Dental Association, former Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Past President of the General Dental Council, and former Editor of both the Journal of Dentistry and FGDP(UK)'s Primary Dental Journal.
Joining Professor Wilson will be Kevin Lewis, Consultant Editor for Dentistry magazine and former Dental Director at Dental Protection; Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council and former Chief Executive of the General Dental Council; Neil Sawbridge, a former Chief Financial Officer of an American banking group; and Dr Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK).
The Faculty was formed 25 years ago by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) as the professional home for general dental practitioners - sitting alongside the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS), the professional body for dental surgeons.
Dr Horton says the new organisation will aim “to provide a collegiate home and professional standing for general dental practitioners and all members of the general dental team”, and the new board will work with the current FGDP(UK) Board, the RCS and the FDS with the aim of testing and completing the changes required to establish the new College.
The statement also confirms that joint FGDP(UK)-FDS membership will not be affected during the transition period.