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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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Dentist FtP panel member

Jitendra Hindocha

Jitendra (Jit) Hindocha qualified in 1984 as a dentist from the University of Birmingham and has worked primarily within NHS/ ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Joanne Whitehouse

Joanne Whitehouse qualified as a dental nurse in 1996 in the city of Wolverhampton and then gained the Oral Health ...

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Dentist FtP panel member

Johanna Bryant

Johanna Bryant graduated from Birmingham in 2010. Following postgraduate training, she has had various roles as an Associate Dentist in general practice and ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Joseph Magee

A native of Belfast, Joe Magee was educated at St. Malachy’s College and Queen’s University, Belfast where he read Law. ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Joy Julien

Joy is a legal consultant and works part - time as a chair for the Judicial Appointments Commission and as ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Julie Byrom

Julie Byrom graduated from Birmingham Dental Hospital in 1988 as a dental hygienist. Prior to this Julie worked as a ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Karen Kneller

Karen is the Chief Executive of the Criminal Cases Review Commission the independent body which investigates miscarriages of justice. She ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Kate Birrell

Kate Birrell is a Public Health Specialist working for West Sussex County Council.  Prior to this, Kate worked in policy ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Kate Nash

Kate Nash is a dental hygienist and therapist. She initially qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2010 from Weymouth College. ...