Dental Leadership Network focuses on maintaining an effective workforce fit for the future


  Posted by: Dental Design      14th March 2024

Dental sector leaders got together to discuss the issue of maintaining an effective and lasting workforce, at the Dental Leadership Network event, in London, on Thursday 14 March.  

The event builds on the success of previous Dental Leadership Network events, bringing together stakeholders from across the sector.    

There were presentations by Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council, , who spoke about their role, values and culture and what can be learned from another healthcare regulator. Ashley Byrne, Head of Communications & Board Member, Dental Laboratories Association, addressed the challenges facing dental technology.  

Panel discussions featured representatives from the College of General Dentistry, General Dental Council (GDC), NHS England and the British Dental Association (BDA), among others.  

There were keynote addresses from Theresa Thorp, GDC Executive Director, Regulation and Stefan Czerniawski, GDC Executive Director, Strategy.  

Theresa Thorp focussed on dental workforce challenges and provided key insights from the GDC’s work pattern data exercise.  

Stefan Czerniawski spoke about provisional registration and what it might mean for the Dental Leadership Network.   

The Dental Leadership Network plays a role in sharing information and building relationships to create a better understanding of everyone’s remit, priorities and shared challenges and in encouraging collaboration and ownership to address these shared challenges. 

Stefan Czerniawski, GDC Executive Director, Strategy, said: “It’s really valuable for leaders across the dental sector to invest time in discussing the shared issues that affect us all and, most importantly, patients. Collaboration and ownership only works if the whole of the dental world is engaged – and it was really heartening to see strong interest and support from the Dental Leadership Network to get involved in challenges including workforce, retention and provisional registration.”

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