Andy Furniss



Training Programme Director:

Andy Furniss
Telephone: 01760 721385    Andy.furniss@hee.nhs.uk



Wendy Wood
Norfolk & Norwich Institute for Medical Education, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust
Education Centre, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UY
Telephone: 01603 286857    wendy.wood@nnuh.nhs.uk


The Norwich Scheme was initially set up in 1996 with Local Health Authority money, due to a need for more dentists in the Norfolk area. The Scheme was adopted nationally shortly afterwards and became part of the national training programme. The Scheme originally covered Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, but after the foundation of the Peterborough Scheme it re-located to the new Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Hospital in 2006.

The Training Programme Director for the Scheme is Andy Furniss. He is a GDP with two practices in Norfolk. He is one of the Dental Practice Advisers for NHS England’s East Anglia Area Team and also sits on the GDC Fitness to Practice Panel. Andy has been running the Norwich Scheme since its inception in 1996 and is aided by his very organised and capable Dental Administrators Wendy Wood and Jackie May, who are involved closely with the Scheme and the Foundation Dentists. 

The Scheme actively encourages an open and lively approach using small group sessions so that the training year is beneficial and will ensure that all individual learning needs are supported. The centre at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has an excellent skills room which is used by the Scheme to support hands on skills. 

The training practices are a mixture of city practices and practices in the market towns around Norwich. The practices are well appointed with good size surgeries and have a large number of patients allowing for a wide range of experiences during the training year. Most practices are family orientated practices in nature so again a varied range of experience is obtained from the very young to the more elderly. In the past Foundation Dentists have found this broad range of experience and exposure very beneficial in their career development.

Norwich is a very pleasant city (voted recently as one of the best places to live and work). It has extensive shopping and entertainment, whilst offering affordable housing and good schools. The North Norfolk Coast has some excellent beaches and many superb restaurants. For those who like water sports the Norfolk Broads offer excellent facilities from the more peaceful pursuits of sailing to the more adventurous water sports of water ski-ing and power boat racing.

Norwich has an excellent train service to the heart of London (Liverpool Street station) so making access to London easy. It also has a thriving regional airport that links to the international hub at Amsterdam, so making international travel easy; whilst Stansted airport is also within easy commuting distance.