Workforce, training and education
East of England

HEE Midlands and East




Dental Care Centre and Liverpool Road Clinic
Bedford and Luton, Bedfordshire
BDS, DRDP, MFGDP(UK), PgC(Advanced Practice), PgDip (Medical Education)
Year Qualified: 
Year Qualified: 2000
GDC Number: 
GDC Reg: 78197
BDS, MJDF, PgC (Special Care Dentistry), PgDip (Dental Sedation)
Year Qualified: 
Year Qualified: 2007
GDC Number: 
GDC Reg: 114596
Email Address: 
Dental Care Centre , Bedford Health Village North, 3 Kimbolton Rd
Bedford, MK40 2NT
Liverpool Road Clinic, 9 Mersey Place
Luton, LU1 1HH
Phone Number: 
Tel: Bedford 01234 310 210
Tel Luton: 01582 708100

The Educational Supervisor: Glen Taylor: I qualified from Kings College London in 2000 and had been an ES on the Stevenage scheme for 10 years. Since graduating, I have worked in both NHS and Private practice and now find myself working in CDS because I wanted a new challenge. I still work with some access patients, but have found focusing on the care of children and adults with additional needs exceptionally rewarding.   My move to CDS has also allowed me to develop my management skills, such as becoming the chair of the employee owned representative body.
In 2010 I was awarded Dentistry magazines "Best Young Dentist " for the South East region. I am also passionate about lifelong learning, gaining diploma’s in Restorative Dental Practice and Medical education.  I also have a post graduate certificate in Advanced General Dental Practice, have studied Sports Dentistry; this has allowed me to pass on the new skills I have learnt to my FDs.

Lydia Chao: I graduated from Kings College London in 2007 and completed my dental foundation training in general practice on the South West scheme. I joined the Community Dental Service as an MJDF trainee and have stayed with CDS since then; I especially enjoy the variety, challenges and team work involved.  I have a PG Cert in Special Care Dentistry from the Eastman Dental Institute and a PG Dip in Dental Sedation from Kings College London.   I am involved in providing sedation to anxious patients and regularly attend general anaesthetic sessions at the local hospital  

The Practice: The Dental Care Centre (DCC) i is a modern clinic containing 8 spacious surgeries, an x-ray room, a decontamination suite, a beautiful summer garden, a staff room and three separate office spaces. We have a bariatric chair, right/left handed units, a wheelchair recliner and 3 microscopes. All surgeries have built in facilities for inhalation sedation and we also provide IV sedation sessions. You will have access to phantom heads to assist you with your educational needs. 


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Liverpool Road Is a 7-surgery clinic where you will work alongside other dentists and dental therapists. We are a well-established FD practice where the nurses are friendly, helpful and experienced and you will see a wide range of patients. Approximately 85% of our new FD’s work will involve treating those routine patients as you would in general practice giving you a similar experience to any other FD. However, you will also have the opportunity to:

attend pediatric and special care GA sessions
treat patients under Inhalation sedation
shadow and learn from our team comprising of: endodontists, a periodontist, a special care specialist and a restorative consultant 
attend domiciliary care
shadow or work on our mobile unit
Put in the effort and we will offer you an amazing FD year with a twist!

Community Dental Service is a large social enterprise and we pride ourselves in delivering quality, patient-centred dental care.

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The AreasBedford Bedford was founded on the River Great Ouse which passes through the town centre. We are close to Milton Keynes and are less than a 1 hour train ride from the centre of London. It is a great town and whilst many of our team reside locally, each year we have many different clinicians who choose to commute (drive or train) from the London area.  Bedford hosts an annual international Kite festival, and bi annual River festival. Just outside the town lie the Cardington airship hangers, famous for the construction of the infamous R101.  The hangars have been used to shoot scenes for movies such as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Inception.  Milton Keynes is great for shopping, and socialising. It has several cinemas including an IMAX, a ski centre, and a sky diving centre. Willen Lake is one of Milton Keynes’ most popular parks.  Over one million visitors a year take part in water-sports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores.

Luton is a diverse and exciting place to work and is easily accessible via the M1 and Thameslink rail network
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Other Points of Interest: What do previous FDs say?

FD 2020-21
Given the difficulties with the pandemic, this year was always going to be challenging, but looking back it hasn’t been as bad as I thought. A significant part of this is due to the well-planned organisation that is CDS and I have been very lucky to have spent my FD year in such a supportive training environment.
Everyone here is incredibly friendly and always has time to discuss a case or get a quick opinion from and this has really helped, as there have been many times where I wasn’t sure of something and someone was around to help. I have been able to carry a wide range of treatments including complex treatments utilising a variety of materials.  I have been lucky enough to attend GA services at the hospital a few times and also shadow the oral surgeon which has very much helped improved my oral surgery skills.  I have also had the opportunity to practice using inhalation sedations.. I believe I have become a much more skilled clinician over this year and have been able to develop at my own pace. I owe this all to the amazing staff and organisation that is CDS, and I will be forever grateful. Thank you for this amazing year.

FD 2019-20: “Glen and Lydia are both exceptional ESs who have a wealth and breadth of knowledge to pass on relating to general practice and community settings, and yet are also so approachable to the point that you feel like another colleague of theirs rather than a student."

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