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

Stephanie Yarwood

Stephanie Yarwood studied at Leeds Dental School and graduated with honours in 1984. She has worked in general dental practice ...

DCP FtP panel member

Sue Levett

Sue Levett is a registered dental care professional and Oral Health Educator. She works as an implant coordinator and dental ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Suki Sandhar

Suki Sandhar qualified as a dentist from the University of Birmingham in 1996. She gained Membership of the Faculty of ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Sulaman Anwar

Sulaman Anwar is a registered Specialist Periodontist and holds an interest in sedation and the management of anxious patients. Sulaman ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Susan Stevens

Susan Stevens qualified from the University of Birmingham in 1980. After a house job at Birmingham Dental Hospital she became ...

DCP FtP panel member

Tanya Viehoff

Tanya qualified as a dental hygienist in 2000 from King's Dental School achieving the ‘Best Clinician’ award and a King's ...

Lay FtP panel member

Tara Willmott

Tara has over 20 years’ experience of working at a senior level in medical education, initially in a number of ...

Lay FtP panel member

Val Evans

Val Evans spent her professional career in inner city Local Authority Social Care Services from 1976 - 2011, working mainly ...

Lay FtP panel member

Valerie Atkinson

Valerie Atkinson’s career was in broadcast journalism culminating in 10 years as Deputy Head of News and Current Affairs at ...