Fitness to practise panel

Fitness to practise panel members

​Membership of the statutory committees that make decisions on dental professionals' fitness to practise is drawn from an independent pool of dental professionals and lay people called the fitness to practise panel.

Fitness to practise panellists can sit as members of Interim Orders, Professional Conduct, Professional Performance, Health or Registration Appeals Committees for hearings held by the Dental Professionals Hearings Service.

The role fitness to practise panellists play during a hearing

This video explains the part our independently appointed fitness to practise panel members play in hearings, and how this challenging role makes a difference to the public and patients by providing proportionate and fair regulation of dental professionals.

The fitness to practise panel is made up of dentists, dental care professionals (DCPs), and lay people. 

Lay FtP panel member

Adair Richards

Adair Richards is director of Adair Richards Associates Ltd which is based in Coventry. It deals primarily with academia, training, ...

Lay FtP panel member

Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith has a background of over 30 years within the Probation Service, and as a senior manager for the ...

Lay FtP panel member

Alastair Cannon

After a career in regulation, regulation policy and governance roles in a number of national regulators such as the Health ...

Lay FtP panel member

Alastair Smith

Alastair Smith is managing editor for an independent publishing company. Aside from his work in publishing, Alastair has a ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Alison Mayell

Alison qualified from The London Hospital Dental School in 1984. She was principle of her own practice in St. Albans ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Amita Janda-Dhami

Amita qualified from Manchester Dental School in 2002 and has worked in general practice for many years. She has a ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Amitha Ranauta

Amitha qualified as a dentist from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1996. On completion of ...

DCP FtP panel member

Amy Besau

Amy Besau is a Practice Manager at a Huddersfield dental practice. She qualified at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in ...

DCP FtP panel member

Andrea Hammond

Andrea has worked in dentistry since 1996, qualifying first as a dental nurse in 1998, and currently works at two practices ...