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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).

Lay FtP panel member

Helen Wagner

Helen Wagner has a background managing transformation and change in a wide variety of professional regulators and the public sector.  ...

DCP FtP panel member

Helen Woodall

Helen Woodall is a senior registered dental nurse working in a large hospital maxillofacial department in the West Midlands. She ...

DCP FtP panel member

Jacqueline Hart

Jacky Hart worked as a dental nurse for seven years before having her family. When her youngest child started school ...

Lay FtP panel member

Jane Everitt

Jane is a solicitor by profession (non-practising). She is a member of the Law Society. She currently chairs Fitness to ...

Lay FtP panel member

Jane Louise Jones

Jane Jones is an experienced  healthcare professional with a specialist interest in patient safety and healthcare improvement. Jane started her ...

DCP FtP panel member

Jane McAlindin

Jane is a dental therapist who originally trained as a dental nurse at Liverpool Dental Hospital from 1980 to 1982. ...

Lay FtP panel member

Jane McLeod

Jane McLeod took early retirement from the post of Deputy Solicitor to the Scottish Government in 2012, having worked in ...

Lay FtP panel member

Jane Reynolds

​Jane Reynolds‘ background is working with people with disabilities and older people in the NHS and the private and voluntary ...

DCP FtP panel member

Jenny Griffiths (neé Drury)

Jenny Griffiths qualified as a dental surgery assistant in 2001, she gained a merit in Oral Health Education in 2002 ...