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

Charlotte Carling

Charlotte qualified as a Dental Hygienist from Guys Hospital in 1990 and subsequently qualified as a Dental Therapist from Bristol ...

DCP FtP panel member

Christopher Parker

Christopher Parker trained and qualified as a Dental Technician with Nottingham Health Authority, then with Shropshire Health Authority as Senior ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Christopher Roberts

Chris Roberts graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff in 2002. Following graduation he has held a ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Claire Lawson

Claire works in North Yorkshire as a principal in her own practice and also works in Newcastle Dental Hospital as ...

Lay FtP panel member

Clive Chalk

​[Member of the Interim Orders Committee pilot from 01.10.2018]

Clive Chalk is a former police officer who until taking retirement ...

Lay FtP panel member

Clive Powell

Clive Powell JP QDR was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 1986 and has been engaged in professional ...

Lay FtP panel member

Corinna Kershaw

Corinna is a former administrator, librarian and local councillor, and has held a variety of voluntary roles in education and ...

Lay FtP panel member

David Wood

David Wood served as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service for 31 years, investigating, or leading teams and ...

Lay FtP panel member

Debbie Gould

Deborah Gould is a Principal Crown Advocate for the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service and has been a barrister for ...