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Fitness to practise panel

Fitness to Practise panel members

​Membership of the GDC's Statutory Committees which 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. These panellists can sit as members of Interim Orders, Professional Conduct, Professional Performance, Health or Registration Appeals Committees.

The role Fitness to Practise panel members play during a hearing

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

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

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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 ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Debbie George

Debbie started her dental career qualifying as a dental nurse at Birmingham Dental School in 1983. Two years later she ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Deborah Gough

Deborah Gough qualified as a dental hygienist and therapist in 2004 from Cardiff Dental School. Prior to this she had ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Deborah Jones

Debbie Jones originally trained as a physiotherapist at Guy's Hospital, working in several hospitals in England and Wales. In 1995 ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Diane Hunter

Diane Hunter qualified as a dental hygienist from Manchester Dental Hospital in 1997. She is currently a part-time tutor dental ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Diane Meikle

Diane is a Corporate Finance professional. Diane’s career provided her with a broad range of experience spanning high value corporate ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Edythe Murie

Edythe Murie is a retired solicitor who worked for the Scottish Government Legal Directorate and was responsible for advising Scottish ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Elizabeth Rantzen

Elizabeth is a freelance consultant, vice chair of the West London Mental Health Trust and a non-executive director of Moat ...

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Dentist FtP panel member

Fiona Crawford

Fiona Crawford graduated BDS from the University of Edinburgh in 1979. She worked in the Community Dental Service in East ...