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P221 Mental Health Wellness Framework

Speakers: Fiona Ellwood BEM Ian Mills Roslyn McMullan BDS FDS Dip Orth RCSE FICDDr Wendy ThompsonProf. Tim Newton

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Webinar Details

This on demand webinar is in collaboration with the College of General Dentistry and the Dental Professional Alliance. Hosted by Wendy Thompson, Speakers: Fiona Ellwood, Roslyn McMullan, Tim Newton, and Ian Mills.

Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.

A dental initiative has been launched to encourage all dental workplaces to make Mental Health Wellness a priority.

The Mental Health Wellness strategic steering group was formed through the Dental Professional Alliance, specifically to co-design, develop and maintain a framework that encourages and enables all dental professionals to act in a timely, appropriate, and safe manner when identifying Mental Health Wellness issues in the workplace. The strategic steering group has been led and Chaired by Fiona Ellwood BEM DPA, a trained and practising Mental Health First Aider, and Roz McMullan, Chair of Probing Stress in Dentistry in Northern Ireland.

This webinar discusses this new initiative and what colleagues can do.  It also explores the results of a paper on mental health that will be published in an upcoming issue of the Primary Dental Journal.


This webinar aims to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the new dental initiative 'The Mental Health Wellness' strategic steering group. It will give an overview of 'Stress, Anxiety and Burnout' including implications for individuals and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


  • Consider and contextualise 'Stress, Anxiety and Burnout' through the eyes of the wider dental and oral health care team.
  • Identify factors that influence and impact on mental health and mental ill health, including in the context of a global threat to life.
  • Explore ways of overcoming/managing mental health challenges.
  • Synthesise thoughts and plan to keep 'self' and others psychologically and emotionally well.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this webinar delegates will understand and appreciate 'Stress, Anxiety and Burnout,' including implications for individuals and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

GDC Development Outcomes

The Speakers

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Fiona Ellwood BEM

M.Ed, PG Cert HF/E, PG Cert PH, PG Cert MDent. BA (Hons) Ed S, Cert Ed. (Hon) FFGDP UK, East Midlands RCS Edinburgh Ambassador. NCSCT Practitioner. IAM, SET, RSPH - Fellow. Doctoral Student. President Society of British Dental Nurses.

Fiona has been a GDC registrant for many years as a dental nurse and has a range of roles and responsibilities across the dental landscape. Fiona holds External Examiner posts at two Universities, is a member of the BDJ Editorial Team and the past Chair of National Oral Health Promotion Group. Fiona currently holds a subject expert post at the University of Bangor and works as an associate for the GDC in the capacity of an Education Associate and as a Registration panel member. Fiona is a founder of the Society of British Dental Nurses and of the International Federation Dental Assistants and Nurses and co-ordinates the Global Coalition for Dental Nurses & Assistants Oral health panel. She holds a number of appointments, Trustee at Dentaid and support the Mouth Cancer Foundation education arm. In addition to this she is a member of the National Human Factors for Dentistry Advisory Board and Dental Professional Alliance and was involved in the SDCEP work during the pandemic and contributed towards the Equality Diversity & Inclusion in Dentistry work. More recently Fiona has held the post of co-investigator as part of an NIHR research project and has co-chaired the Mental Health in Wellness strategic group. Fiona felt it was a great honour to take up the post of (Honorary) Vice Chair for BSDHT and be awarded a Queen's honour.     

Updated September 2022

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Ian Mills

Associate Professor of Primary Care Dentistry, Peninsula Dental Schooll, Past Dean Faculty of General Dental Practice, Royal College of Surgeons of England


Ian is ex Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), and a board member of the College of General Dentistry. He is a partner in an 8-surgery mixed practice in North Devon and is an honorary Associate Professor in General Dental Practice at Peninsula Dental School.     

Ian has represented the profession on various local and national committees, including the BDA General Dental Practice Committee, Devon Local Dental Committee and CQC Dental Steering Group. During the COVID pandemic, Ian has been actively involved in various national stakeholder groups supporting the response of the dental profession and is currently member of FGDP(UK) COVID Guideline Group and the SDCEP AGP Rapid Review Group.

In addition to his clinical practice, Ian is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education, and is actively involved in primary care-based research with a particular interest in person-centred care, patient reported outcome measures and environmental sustainability.

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Roslyn McMullan BDS FDS Dip Orth RCSE FICD

Retired Consultant Orthodontist

A retired Consultant Orthodontist, Roz is presently Chair of Probing Stress in Dentistry in Northern Ireland (NI) and is Immediate Past President of the British Dental Association. Whilst in post as a Consultant Orthodontist in NI she was involved in Trust governance, audit and appraisal. Roz was secretary to the Audit Committee of the BOS and chaired the Hospital Training Committee of the NI Deanery for nine years. Roz established "Probing Stress in Dentistry", which works to raise the awareness of mental well-being in the dental workforce in NI and to establish a network of mental health leads to support and signpost dental teams who are experiencing difficulty. She continues to work on wellbeing in dentistry and remains a member on the Education, Ethics and Dental Team Working Committee of the BDA. She is part of the collaboration which has developed the resource and is co-chair, with Fiona Elwood, of the Mental Health Dental Wellness Working Group.

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Dr Wendy Thompson

Dr Wendy Thompson is an academic dentist working in the northwest of England. She is an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Primary Dental Care based at University of Manchester and works part-time as a GDP at {my}dentist in Cumbria. Wendy has completed a PhD about understanding dentist’s antibiotic prescribing behaviours for adults with acute dental conditions and has used that insight to develop new tools for addition to the UK dental antimicrobial stewardship toolkit.

Wendy is the lead author of the FDI World Dental Federation’s white paper on tackling antibiotic resistance and has been their lead educator for a new MOOC in collaboration with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Wendy also delivers continuing professional development on dental antimicrobial prescribing, resistance and stewardship for dental and medical team on behalf of Health Education England. Wendy is a member of the BDA Health & Science Committee, BNF Dental Advisory Group and a NICE specialist advisor on antibiotic prescribing and stewardship in dentistry. She is also co-chair of the Society for Academic Primary Care’s dental subgroup.

Having graduated in 1994 from the University of Warwick with a degree in microbiology and microbial technology, Wendy worked initially as a scientist in Whitehall. In 2012, she gained BDS with honours and a distinction in oral health from the University of Liverpool (taught at UCLAN) followed short thereafter by MJDF. Wendy and her family live on the Lancashire/Cumbria border, in the beautiful coastal village of Silverdale. If you wish, you can follow Wendy on Twitter @wendythedentist

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Prof. Tim Newton


Tim Newton is a Psychologist who has spent over 25 years working in dental settings with the goal of ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of good oral and dental health. He is particularly interested in how to support people to ensure that they look after their mouth and teeth to the best of their ability, and how to encourage dental healthcare professionals to work with patients to develop healthy behaviours. Tim is employed by King’s College London as Professor of Psychology as Applied to Dentistry, spending half his time working within the NHS as Honorary Consultant Health Psychologist. Tim’s clinical work is particularly focussed on individuals with dental phobia, and support for individual’s facing challenging dental procedures. Tim is also a Trustee of the Oral Health Foundation.