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P145 Professionalism in Dentistry

Speakers: Louisa Sherlock Keerut Oberai Abhi Pal FCGDent George Wright BDS(Hons) Dip.MJDF PgDip(DLE) MDTFEd ACIArb Cert CII (Claims) FFFLM MCGDent Kevin Lewis BDS FDS RCS(Eng) FFGDP(UK)Dr Mick HortonDr Nishma Sharma

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Webinar Details

This CGDent webinar will examine the issue of professionalism in relation to dental colleagues, and how it impacts upon the range of medico-legal challenges they might face. It provides an overview of professionalism in a healthcare context and explores some of the characteristics that different parties would associate with it.

The mismatch between these different perspectives and the relative importance that each party attaches to different aspects of professionalism, can often sit at the heart of complaints and litigation.

The webinar also questions whether or not traditional professional values and behaviours are still relevant in a modern healthcare environment that is increasingly digital, consumerist and competitive – or conversely in such a fast- changing world, whether the need for a modern professionalism is greater than ever.

Learning Outcomes


To explain:

  • How and why clinicians, patients, regulators and others might view professionalism in different ways
  • The different dimensions of professionalism, and the essential ingredients of professional integrit


On completion of this webinar you will be encouraged to reflect on the nature of professionalism and its relevance at all stages in your career development.

The Speakers

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Louisa Sherlock

Louisa is dual qualified in dentistry and law.

Louisa practised as a dental surgeon for over a decade, both within the NHS and privately. As well as treating patients, she assisted with the running of a busy NHS practice and helped staff to prepare for CQC inspections.

In addition, Louisa completed the MJDF RCS (Eng) and aesthetic dentistry training courses, and developed a private practice involving cosmetic dentistry, invisible orthodontics and facial aesthetics.

Louisa is now a barrister at No5 Chambers having completed a law conversion course and the Bar Professional Training Course. She has received numerous awards, and now specialises in business and property law (focusing particularly on contractual and partnership disputes between dental and medical professionals) and clinical negligence. She also has substantial experience in advising and representing clients in employment tribunal hearings.

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Keerut Oberai

Keerut Oberai is a General Dental Practitioner in West London and is currently completing a Master’s in Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College London. In addition to completing his BDS at the University of Liverpool, he completed an intercalated BSc in Philosophy, also at King’s College London. Keerut has a particular interest in issues relating to dental ethics and professionalism, writing a number of published articles relating to this field. He is a keen educator completing a PGCert in Dental Education at the University of Bedfordshire and has delivered talks and seminars on the subject of ethics to both medical and dental postgraduate students. Keerut’s interest in the field culminated in creation of Healthcare Ethics and Law a learning platform which aims to help educate healthcare colleagues in the topic of ethics and law (accessible at

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Abhi Pal FCGDent

Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) and President of the College of General Dentistry (CGDent)

Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP), and first elected President of the College of General Dentistry.

Dr Pal qualified in 1987 with honours and distinction from Guy’s Hospital, London, and has worked in general dental practice ever since, joining The University Dental and Implant Centre, a mixed NHS and private practice in Edgbaston of which he is Principal, in 1991.

With special interests in dental implantology and restorative dentistry, Dr Pal is Editor of FGDP's Training standards in implant dentistry, for which he is currently leading the development of mentoring requirements.

He joined FGDP in 1997, becoming active in its West Midlands division as a tutor and examiner for the MJDF, and later being awarded the Diploma of Fellowship. He was elected to represent the region on the National Faculty Board in 2014, was re-elected in 2017 and 2020, and is Chair of the FGDP Professional Affairs Committee.

He has also previously served the Faculty as Chair of both the Education and Finance Committees, as Junior Vice-Dean (2016-17) and Senior Vice-Dean (2019-20), and as its representative on the Health Education England dental advisory group and NHS England clinical reference group on record-keeping standards.

He is one of the authors of the FGDP-CGDent guidance, Implications of COVID-19 for the safe management of general dental practice, and has played a leading role in developing the Faculty's international relationships.

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George Wright BDS(Hons) Dip.MJDF PgDip(DLE) MDTFEd ACIArb Cert CII (Claims) FFFLM MCGDent

Senior Dental Educator and Dentolegal Consultant, Dental Protection Chief Examiner, Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine

George graduated with honours from the University of Sheffield and after completion of Foundation Training, moved into general practice working in the NHS. George joined Dental Protection in 2016 as an Associate Dentolegal Adviser sharing his time with working in general practice where he was appointed Foundation Trainer with the South Yorkshire Deanery. In September 2018, George took up a full-time position with Dental Protection as a Dentolegal Consultant and in April 2020 was appointed Senior Medical Educator in Risk Prevention. Having a keen interest in Dental Education, George was the Training Programme Director for the Performer List Validation by Experience Programme in Yorkshire and the Humber until the end of 2018.

As a former GDP representative on the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Dental Local Professional Network Steering Group, George has experience in contributing to working groups for procurement of the Community Dental Services and Access to Primary Dental Care. George was Deputy Chairman of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Local Dental Committee and held responsibility for events in the region. In 2015 he was appointed Postgraduate Dental Tutor with Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber, a role which he stood down from in 2018. George is a past President of the South Yorkshire Branch of the BDA and former Chairman of the BDA’s Associate Group. In 2019 he stood down from his roles on the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee and the Dental Clinical Commissioning Executive with NHS England Yorkshire and the Humber to focus on his work at Dental Protection.

Alongside his dentolegal work, George continues to work as a general dental practitioner in private practice and is the current Chief Examiner at the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. George was recently appointed as a Magistrate for Criminal Court.

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Kevin Lewis BDS FDS RCS(Eng) FFGDP(UK)

Consultant Editor for Dentistry magazine and former Dental Director at Dental Protection

Kevin spent 27 years at Dental Protection including as Dental Director 1998-2016 and serving on the Council and Executive of MPS.

Consultant Editor of Dentistry. Trustee and Board member of the College of General Dentistry and Special Consultant, BDA Indemnity.

Kevin was awarded Honorary Membership of the British, Irish and New Zealand Dental Associations, and of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry. 

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Dr Mick Horton

General Dental Practitioner, Trustee of the College of General Dentistry
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Dr Nishma Sharma

Clinical advisor for NHS England and clinical leadership manager for the Office of the Chief Dental Officer

Nishma is a dentist working as a clinical advisor for NHS England and clinical leadership manager for the Office of the Chief Dental Officer. Nishma is also the chair for the Diversity in Dentistry Action Group, Clinical Lead for the LKSS Leadership Curriculum (HEE) and a member of the Reference group ‘Development of principles of professionalism’ (GDC).