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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).

DCP FtP panel member

Jessica Hanger

Jessica started working as a dental nurse in 2015 and went on to qualify whilst studying at Connect Dental training ...

Lay FtP panel member

Jill Crawford

Jill Crawford is an independent consultant with a special interest in improving healthcare services through diverse patient/user involvement in service ...

Lay FtP panel member

Jill Wells

Jill is a registered social worker and started her social work career in child protection, mental health and older adults ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Joanna Krupska

Joanna Krupska graduated from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in 2015 with a Dental Surgery BDS and completed her ...

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 ...