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. 

DCP FtP panel member

Pamela Machell

Pamela Machell qualified as a dental hygienist in 1989 from Manchester Dental Hospital and has worked in a variety of ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Peter Ommer

Peter Ommer qualified as a dentist from the University of Glasgow in 1989. He has since become a Member of the Joint ...

Lay FtP panel member

Peter Watson

Further to studying Law at Trinity College Dublin, Peter Watson commenced a career in Health and Social Care in 1994, ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Phil Loughnane

Phil qualified from Manchester Dental School in 1993. After working as an associate in several general dental practices and as ...

Lay FtP panel member

Philip Brown

Philip Brown is a freelance consultant in medical and healthcare education, who has worked with a number of universities, research ...

DCP FtP panel member

Pooja Pattni

Pooja Pattni studied for a degree in Dental Hygiene and Therapy at the University of Birmingham and graduated in 2010. She ...

DCP FtP panel member

Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma qualified as a dental nurse in 2011. She manages two dental practices, in London and Buckinghamshire. Priya serves as ...

DCP FtP panel member

Rachael Kwakye

Rachael is currently employed as a Dental Service Coordinator for CLCH NHS Trust which is made up of Hammersmith and ...

DCP FtP panel member

Rachel McCoubrey

Rachel McCoubrey qualified as a Dental Therapist with a first class degree from Edinburgh University in 2015. She also has ...