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. 

Dentist FtP panel member

Rebecca Northover

Rebecca qualified as a dentist from King’s College London in 2014. After finishing Dental Foundation Training she completed Dental Core ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Rhona Stevens

Until September 2014 Rhona worked as a General Dental Practitioner in the West Yorkshire area, and was also involved in ...

Lay FtP panel member

Richard van Noort

​Professor Richard van Noort obtained a Bachelors Degree in Materials Science from the University of Sussex in 1972 and then ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Robin Barber

Robin Barber qualified in 1993 as a dentist from Leeds University. He owned his own practice in the North-East of ...

Lay FtP panel member

Sarah Baalham

Sarah Baalham is currently a lay panel chair for the Health and Care Professions Council, and a disability-qualified panel member ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Sarah Mobberley

Sarah Mobberley graduated with distinction in her dental degree from Kings College London, in 2000. Sarah has also been awarded ...

DCP FtP panel member

Sarah Rauf

Sarah qualified as a dental nurse in 1987 and then as a dental technician in 1990 and went on to ...

DCP FtP panel member

Sharon Allen

Sharon Allen qualified in 1981 from the Royal Dental Hospital, London. She worked at the London Hospital, Whitechapel and in ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Sobiah Sattar

Sobiah Sattar qualified as a dentist in 2006 from the University of Glasgow and started her career within the NHS ...