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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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DCP FtP panel member

Katie Byrne

Katie is a dental nurse manager at Birmingham Dental Hospital. She qualified at Birmingham Dental Hospital in 1999 and also ...

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Dentist FtP panel member

Katie Howlett

Katie Howlett qualified as a dentist from Guy's Dental Hospital in 1992. Her career in dentistry began in the community ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Kerr Wilson

After graduating in chemistry from the University of Wales, and completing a PhD in Biochemistry, Kerr worked as a research ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Kirsty Payton

Kirsty Payton qualified as a dental hygienist/therapist with a BSc Oral Health Science degree from the University of Manchester in ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Laura Bryson

Laura Bryson qualified as a dental hygiene therapist in Glasgow in 2009. She moved to London shortly after completing a ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Laura Richardson

Laura Richardson is a dental therapist working in a specialist NHS and private practice in Harrogate. She has worked in ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Lesley White

Lesley White managed a large matrimonial and family practice in a solicitors’ firm in Watford for 25 years. From 1991 ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Libhin Bromley

Libhin Bromley grew up in Hertfordshire. Following a short service commission in the Women’s Royal Naval Service she married and ...

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DCP FtP panel member

Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher has been employed in general practice since 2000. She registered with the General Dental Council in 2008. Louise has ...