Our Ambassadors

 

Emma Sanford
Emma Sanford

SBDN Virtual Assistant

Emma has over 30 years’ experience in Administrative, Personal Assistant and Office Manager roles in a variety of sectors. Now, as a Virtual Assistant she remotely manages the admin for her clients, leaving them to concentrate on the running of their businesses. As Virtual Assistant for SBDN she will organise processes and direct your queries to the appropriate Committee member and ambassador. She is an approved member of the Society of Virtual Assistants

Lisa Bainham
Lisa Bainham

Practice Manager

Lisa trained to be a dental nurse at North Staffordshire Hospital and qualified in 1994. Originally working in an Orthodontic practice, she then developed an interest in practice management and came to join Steve Lomas, as the Practice manager from when the practice opened in 1998. Lisa has continually gained numerous Practice Management qualifications and new skills over the years.

Lisa was awarded Practice Manager of the Year 2015 by The Association of Dental Administrators and Managers and was very proud to also win Practice Manager of the year 2016 at the prestigious Dental Awards.

Lisa has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience over her last 18 years as a practice manager and is now supporting other practice managers in her role as Vice President of The Association of Administrators and Managers, who have over 600 members throughout the UK. In October 2016 Lisa will take the new president position, which is a real honor and reflection of her dedication and professionalism.

Sarah Buxton
Sarah Buxton

Dental Employment & HR Associate Solicitor at FTA Law

Sarah specialises in employment law for the dental and healthcare profession, including drafting associate agreements, self-employed hygienist and therapist agreement, contracts of employment and staff handbooks.

Sarah also advises on the day to day HR and employment issues that a practice owner or an employee is often faced with such as maternity/paternity leave, disciplinary/grievance procedures and termination of an employee whether due to misconduct or redundancy and is also on hand when matters go wrong representing both employer or employee in the Employment Tribunal.

Lisa Chamberlain
Lisa Chamberlain

GDC Registrant

Since qualifying in 1990 as a dental nurse Lisa has  worked in most employment sectors within dentistry. General practice, secondary care, community dentistry and as a civilian dental nurse working for the Ministry of defence. During this time,  she has taken on various roles that include orthodontic nursing, sedation nursing, oral surgery, Implant placement, mentor role, NVQ assessor, clinic co-ordinator and practice management.

Lisa has qualifications in Sedation, Orthodontics, Radiography, NVQ D32/D33, Oral Health promotion and Fluoride application. Lisa currently works within University Hospital Leicester working cross site in Orthodontics, Restorative and Maxillofacial departments.

Susan Ellis
Susan Ellis

GDC Registrant

Sue is a registered dental nurse who has worked within education for the past 10 years.  She has worked closely with dental teams to develop bespoke training to meet specific educational needs.  Setting up practice manager forums and supporting the development of appraisal systems.  Sue achieved an MBA in 2012 , the application of quality management in education has enabled sue to develop quality processes for education and training across all programmes.

Fiona Ellwood (Patron)
Fiona Ellwood (Patron)

GDC Registrant

Fiona Ellwood first qualified in 1986. In the following 30 years she has worked tirelessly to raise the consciousness of the whole profession, and the dental nurse sector in particular, of the importance of learning and personal development. As a former NEBDN examiner, a key Skills Assessor for FGDP (UK) and part of the FGDP (UK) Mentoring Team Fiona is passionate about education and has recently taken up the role of Patron of the newly formed Society of British Dental Nurses.

Fiona has been instrumental in helping Dental Care Professionals to reach their full potential for many years.  During this time she has developed a successful training businesses focusing on bespoke training initiatives for the whole team.  In addition to this, Fiona also supports those providing pre-registration courses and the Oral Health Education Certificate.  I am a former examiner for both the National Certificate, the Diploma and Oral Health Education award for DCPs.  My current role is the CEO of a regional dental business and I am also undertaking an MA in education. Fiona ia a trained Mentor and a member of the Mentoring Development Team at FGDP (UK), receiving a postgraduate certificate with distinction at level 7.

Clare Faulkner
Clare Faulkner

GDC Registrant

Clare is the lead dental nursing lecturer at Walsall College, teaching the level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and the Certificate in Dental Radiography. She has worked in FE and teaching for the last 7 and has taught the First Aid at Work qualifications across different curriculums. She also holds a Cert Ed and TAQA assessing qualifications.

Clare gained post qualifications in Oral Health Education, Conscious Sedation, Dental Radiography, Impression Taking and Fluoride Application. She has provided oral health education for both nurseries and primary schools voluntarily.

She continues to work in general practice as the Sedation Lead; Clare has worked in both an NHS and private practice and has experience in facial aesthetics, implantology, orthodontics, endodontics and periodontics.

Tina Gorman
Tina Gorman

GDC Registrant

Tina trained as a Dental Surgery Assistant in the School of Dentistry in Belfast, qualifying with Merit in 1990. She was awarded the Kilner Mc Court prize by the NEBDN for the highest mark in Ireland during that year of examinations. She was the first dental nurse in Northern Ireland to successfully complete the Certificate in Sedation Dental Nursing. On completion of her Further Adult Education Teaching Certificate Tina moved to Birmingham Dental Hospital and successfully implemented the National Vocational Qualification Level 3 for Dental Nurses as well as the post-qualification in Special Care Dental Nursing. She helped re-establish the West Midlands BADN support group before returning to Ireland to take up a Director of Nursing position in Dublin Dental University Hospital.

As dental nursing representation of the Dental Council she doubled the dental nursing registrant numbers on the voluntary register by engaging with education providers across the country and visiting students in each of these institutions making them aware of their professional organisation and encouraging their engagement. Tina has recently returned to the UK to take up a Management position in the newly opened state of the art Birmingham Dental Hospital & School of Dentistry.

Donna Holden
Donna Holden

GDC Registrant

Donna is a dental nurse who has worked within all spheres of dentistry including primary, secondary care and education institutes. In 2004 she established a ‘Return to Practice’ course providing dental therapists the opportunity to return and work, supporting the use of skill mix and opportunities for development within general dental practice whilst gaining a BSc (Hons) in Professional Health Studies; Public Health, and later a MSc in Leadership and Management. In 2008 she helped develop an oral health and application of fluoride varnish programme and gained GDC accreditation, this was then further developed to a University accredited module. Donna is a former BADN council member. Donna’s passion is to support the development of the dental team and skill mix to improve quality of patient care and be involved in the development of innovative ways of providing good quality education. She embraces the opportunities that are available for dental nurses and looking at how the role can be further enhanced.

Laura Horton
Laura Horton

GDC Registrant

Laura has an outstanding passion for, and knowledge of, dentistry. Laura’s passion lies with the training and implementation of the TCO role, and has been responsible for the breakthrough and education of this role within the UK dental profession. Laura has been successfully working with dentists and their teams since 2005 in this role and through her own company since 2008. She has a ‘sleeves rolled up’ attitude and thrives in her unique hands-on style of delivery. She has helped dental practices achieve high levels of success with her understanding of the UK market and behavioural attitudes of the public. Laura knows that each practice is different and that this must be taken into account as well as the individual needs of the principals/partners, associates and dental team. Laura originally qualified as a dental nurse and holds post registration qualifications and has taken this opportunity within the dental arena and made it her own, excelling both in and outside the UK.

Practice Manager

Ann Jones
Ann Jones

GDC Registrant

Ann is the former education development manager at university Dental Hospital Manchester. She has an MSc in Health and Social Care Management, BSC in Public Health and Certificate in Education, as well as D32/33/34 assessing and moderation qualifications. Ann was also awarded the outstanding contribution to orthodontics and is the former Chair of NOG. Ann is a former dental nurse and a GDC registrant. Ann is an educational advisor to many and her wealth of knowledge is far reaching.

Jenny Jones
Jenny Jones

GDC Registrant

Jenny qualified in 2012 and achieved post qualifications in conscious sedation dental radiography. She is currently lead radiographer and head nurse at the implant ICE Hospital. This role not only involves taking the radiographs, but being responsible for the safety requirements associated with radiation. Jenny is also trained in venepuncture and cannulation and impression taking, as well as being the infection control lead.

Jenny is responsible for the nursing team and running of clinics. She has been involved with the training of many surgeons and dental nurses working with implants, and helped to develop their knowledge and skills.

Rachel Jones
Rachel Jones

GDC Registrant

Rachel worked for over 10 years as Health Promoter for NHS Central Lancashire. She was then a DCP tutor for NHS Education for Scotland before moving to be a health promoter and then training coordinator for the NHS. She is currently Dental Education Support Officer for Health Education North West and Territory Sales Manager for NEOSS.

Phil Jevon
Phil Jevon

Medical Emergencies & Coronary Care

Phil has worked at the Manor Hospital in Walsall for 34 years and has a background in coronary care nursing and resuscitation training. He currently works in medical education and still works clinically as the cardiology lead for cardiac stress testing. Phil has published over 20 books including Medical Emergencies in the Dental Practice (Wiley, Oxford) and has published over 150 articles. Phil has a particular interest in medical emergencies in dental practices. His posters Medical Emergencies in the Dental Practice, Resuscitation in the Dental Practice and Emergencies Drugs in the Dental Practice have been endorsed by the BDA and have been circulated throughout the UK with the BDJ.

Alex Keir
Alex Keir

GDC Registrant

Alex was the first male dental nurse to qualify in Scotland in 2002 and was voted Dental Nurse of the Year 2017. Alex works as a dental nurse at an NHS emergency dental centre and as a dental CBT Nurse, both NHS and privately. He helps patients overcome their dental fears using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, in 2012 at King’s College, London.

Alex has also lectured dental nursing, supporting students in completing their primary qualification leading to registration with the General Dental Council, has lectured in dental radiography as a post qualification and is an examiner for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN), as well as being a trainer in medical emergencies, basic life support procedures and the management of violence and aggression.

He has special care dental nursing and dental radiography as his post qualifications and is a key member of the GIRFEC team, is involved in triage work, out of hours services and undertakes risk assessments for NHS dental departments.

Beverly Lamb
Beverly Lamb

GDC Registrant

Beverly qualified as dental nurse in 1992 and worked across a number of settings in both primary and secondary dental care completing post qualifications in dental sedation & anaesthetic nursing. In 1998 following completion of my Certificate in Education and assessor awards Beverly was appointed by The Manchester School for Dental Care Professionals as a Dental Nurse Tutor and Assessor. In 2009 she took up a role as specialist dental infection control nurse for Manchester PCT , where she provided support, advice and training to primary care dental services across Manchester. This role further expanded in 2013 following the move to public health where Beverly now provides infection control advice, education,  leisure support and training to all community and social care settings.

Beverly Mason
Beverly Mason

GDC Registrant

Beverley is Senior Dental Nurse Specialist with 28 years’ experience of which the last 22 years have been spent working on The Maxillofacial Unit at The Pennine Acute Hospital Trust. During this time she has worked in the Theatre environment and was the primary lead nurse in Dental Implantlogy. She has also supported many patients through their head and neck cancer treatment and is still involved with promoting Mouth Cancer Awareness and the charity which supports the patients suffering from this disease within the unit. Beverley qualified as a dental nurse in 1988, and then went on to receive a post qualification in Dental sedation. Beverley has also mentored many Nurses and Nursing Cadets during their time in the unit and she has found this very rewarding and received an award for “Best Mentor”.
Currently Beverley is a Senior Healthcare Manager/Training Co-ordinator with RIS Healthcare, promoting effective oral care in medically compromised patients.

Angela Mayhew
Angela Mayhew

GDC Registrant

Angela qualified as a dental nurse in 1982 and then went on to gain a Diploma in Dental Health Education and Dental Radiography and CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management. She has been a practice manager of two dental practices in Telford, Shropshire for the last 10 years where she lives. She has been working for the West Midlands Deanery since December 2006 and provided CPD courses throughout Shropshire and Staffordshire since her appointment. Nearer to home she started the first peer group for dental nurses in Wellington which holds regular meetings throughout the year for local practices. Angela has completed a dental charity trek to Nepal to assist a local charity SmileHigh delivering dental treatment to remote villages in the Himalayas and has returned there on a number of occasions.

Michelle Meredith
Michelle Meredith

GDC Registrant

Michelle has worked as a dental nurse since 1990, qualifying in 1994.  She undertook various post qualifications in radiography, orthodontic nursing and infection control which started her love affair with infectious diseases and decontamination.  Following her senior dental nurse post with community dental service, she became the Dental Infection Control Nurse for dentistry in Liverpool and Sefton.  A post which saw the arrival of HTM 01-05 which became her bible!  She has been instrumental in improving dental infection control within many general dental practices through audit and training.

She has delivered training, education and lectures on dental infection control in many locations in the UK including many Infection Prevention Society conferences.  In 2008 she completed her mentorship module at Aintree Hospital followed by receiving her Licenceship in Dental nursing in 2009.  Still working as a dental nurse with the emergency dental service she is passionate about empowering dental nurses and nurturing students to achieve their career goals and prides herself on still being at grass roots level.

Nathan Morrison
Nathan Morrison.
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GDC Registrant

Nathan began his career as a trainee Dental Nurse at the University Dental Hospital of Wales, where he was multidisciplinary trained and successfully acquired his NVQ III in Oral Healthcare and Dental Nursing and also gained a foundation certificate in oral health promotion from the Royal Society Promotion of Health. In 2005 Nathan left for newer pastures as a trained Dental Nurse in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Here Nathan assists in an extensive range of surgical procedures using local anaesthetic, sedation or general anaesthesia. He has further progressed his career with post qualifications in Conscious Sedation for Dental Nurses, Dental Radiography, All Wales NHS Manual Handling Trainer, Intra / Extra Oral Suture Removal, Peripheral Cannulation, Dental Impressions, Dental implants and also working towards his Special Care in Dental Nursing.

Nathan also has keen interests in the treatments of Skin Cancers of the Head and Neck, Dentoalveolar Surgery, Dental Implantology, Special Care Dentistry and also the use of Single – Use Disposable instruments in Primary and secondary Care settings.

He also joined in 2014 an Independent Clinic Specialising in Dentoalveolar Surgery in Newport, South Wales. Where he utilises his skill set in an extensive range of surgical procedures using local anaesthetic, sedation or general anaesthesia.

Patricia Rawsthorne
Patricia Rawsthorne

GDC Registrant

Trisha first qualified as a dental nurse in 1978, acquiring her Diploma in Dental Health Education in 1991 and a Diploma in Dental Nursing in 2013. In 1999 she became Sales Director for Hawley Russell and Baker Orthodontic Co. before moving on to be Professional Relations Manager UK for Philips Electronics and Professional Education Manager UK for Philips Consumer Lifestyle Profession. Trisha is now based in Manchester and is owner of Dental Training Group UK, bringing interactive CPD courses to the dental team – in particular RDNs. She is a speaker, writer and trainer.

Hannah Rhodes
Hannah Rhodes

GDC Registrant

Hannah qualified as a dental nurse with the NEBDN in 2014 and currently works in general practice for Genesis Dental Care – a group of eleven dental practices committed to providing first class NHS and affordable dentistry to local communities in areas long deprived of an NHS dentist. Her main roles include implant nursing, coordinating patient care, oral health education, marketing and social media management for the company. In her role as patient care coordinator and oral health educator Hannah held a Fun Day for the children in the surrounding area of the practice in Barnsley, which included games, face painting and quizzes.

Emma Riley
Emma Riley

GDC Registrant

Emma has over 25 years’ experience as a dental nurse and oral health educator and has spent the last 17 years working as a dental nurse specialist and oral health educator at The Pennine Acute Hospital Trust in Manchester. The last 7 of these years she worked as the Macmillan Oral Health Practitioner, the only role of its kind in the UK. During this time she has presented both nationally and internationally on the importance of oral health. Emma continues to support the development of the Macmillan role and together with The Patron of the BDNS, works on further training packages for Allied Health professionals on effective deliverance of oral health to compromised patients. In November 2014 Emma was privileged to be invited to speak in Parliament at the launch of mouth cancer awareness and has since been awarded the outstanding contribution to dental nursing award. Emma is currently the Educational Director at RIS products.

Karen Roberts
Karen Roberts

GDC Registrant

Since qualifying and practicing as a registered dental care practitioner Karen has spent 15 years working in further education in Midlands-based FE colleges and training providers. Karen was instrumental in setting up one of the largest dental health departments in the FE sector and led a dedicated team of lecturers, trainers and assessors who continue to provide local dental care providers and GDPs with the training they require. She is now leading the development of a new dental, pharmacy and medical academy, developing and delivering training locally, nationally and internationally, working with stake holders, employers, awarding bodies and registration bodies developing new qualifications for trainee dental nurses and registered DCPs. Karen is passionate about high-quality education and training. She has qualifications in dental nursing, oral health education, endodontic assisting, dental radiography, management, assessing, quality assurance and teaching and is a Member of General Dental Council and the Institute for Learning.

Tracey Rodgers
Tracey Rodgers

GDC Registrant

Tracey qualified as a dental nurse in 1980, passing the national exam with merit. She then went on to work clinically for many years, establishing herself in the role of Practice Manager. These years in practice incorporated all aspects of dentistry and patient management and the development of training programmes for new staff. In 2005 Tracey moved full time to teach dental nurses in a private college. Over the following three years the college achieved higher than national pass rates in the national exam. Tracey then went on to gain a certificate in assessment, a PTTLS teaching qualification and a Level 5 DTLLS teaching qualification. Since 2008 Tracey has been employed by mydentist, the largest corporate in the UK, advancing nurse training both in formal qualifications and CPD, and is keen to incorporate her experience there to work with professional bodies.

Louise Smith
Louise Smith

GDC Registrant

Louise qualified as a Dental Nurse in 1992 NEBDSA, working in General Dental Practice for almost 10 years in her early career and progress to a role as Head Dental Nurse for 6 years. Louise currently works for Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Trust as a Community Dental Nurse in the Community Dental Service (CDS) in Leicester and the Leicestershire NHS Dental Access Centre (DAC and has worked within this service for the past 14 years. Her responsibilities include; leading the Urgent Dental Care Service (UDCS) for Out of Hours emergency Dental care; training of new staff; managing decontamination and HTM01-05 best practice; General Anaesthetic Dental Nurse for adult special needs at Glenfield Hospital; Relative Analgesia (RA) Dental Nurse in Community Dental Clinics for special care and the ongoing development of a Business Continuity Plan for both DAC/UDCS.

Gemma Starkey
Gemma Starkey

GDC Registrant

Gemma is a GDC registrant and a qualified dental nurse of many years. She developed a keen interest in social media and has followed her heart. Whislt remaming a clinical dental nurse much of her time is spent either supporting dental practices with their social media or delivering lectres on how to make the most effetcive use of social media for the benefit of the dental practice, the team and the patients.

Gemma proves how diverse a career in dentistry can be. Enjoying her role as a dental nurse in a progressive practice Gemma discovered she had a natural flare for promoting the practice and began a journey into the world of dental marketing. In 2011 she focused that passion on social media marketing. Running successful social media campaigns her work caught the attention of many people and Gemma started to share her journey and train other dental professionals.

Helping dentists who are struggling with social media Gemma provides bespoke training plans and solutions. She undertakes one to one training of enthusiastic team members, provides team training events and can also deliver a complete management package. Her goal is to make social media enjoyable for the whole dental team and help them build online social relationships with their patients.

Currently, she works with several practices delivering social media including ours here at the Society of British Dental Nurses.

Joe Tyson
Joe Tyson

GDC Registrant

Joe qualified in 2013, completing a number of additional skills awards and qualifications in Radiography, Impression taking, Fluoride Varnish application, Clinical photography and in the PAR index. He has experience in working alongside dental implantologists and more recently completed his training in orthodontic nursing. Joe is currently the orthodontic nurse coordinator.

In 2016, he became involved with dental education and is part of the education team at Orthodontic Team Training (OTT). Joe is involved with the tutoring and mentoring of orthodontic nurse and currently delivers the fluoride varnish course for the local HEE team.

He regularly works alongside specialist orthodontists and orthodontic therapists and supports student orthodontic therapists and dentists working towards their MSC in orthodontics.

Honorary Fellows

Andrew Baldwin
Andrew BaldwinClinical Director for Head & Neck Directorate Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust
Janine Brooks MBE
Janine Brooks MBEDental Educator, Coach and Mentor.
Richard Cure
Richard CureAssociate Clinical Professor University of Warwick, Head of Dentistry Studies, Clinical and Course Director of Orthodontics
Richard Leigh Evans
Richard Leigh EvansForensic Odontologist
Professor Robert Ireland
Professor Robert IrelandHonorary Professorial Teaching Fellow
Professor Andrew Smith
Professor Andrew SmithProfessor of Clinical Bacteriology (Dental School) & Associate Academic
Elaine Tilling
Elaine TillingDental Hygienist , Head of Education and programme design TEPE