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

Joanne Whitehouse

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

DCP FtP panel member

Jodie Mahoney

Jodie has been working in dentistry since 2004, firstly qualifying as a dental nurse and then later attending Sheffield university ...

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 ...

Lay FtP panel member

John Vellacott

John Vellacott is a retired Police Officer. Throughout his 30 year police career he served  in the Metropolitan Police Service ...

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 ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Juliette Brouard

Juliette started her dental career as a dental nurse prior to qualifying as a dental hygienist therapist from Cardiff University ...

Lay FtP panel member

Kam Sandhu

After graduating from the University of Nottingham, Kam Sandhu started her career in Local Government before moving to the Voluntary ...

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 ...

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. ...