HEE Midlands and East
Dental Therapist Foundation Training
Dental Therapist Foundation Training Scheme
Programme Lead: Jodie Mahoney
Telephone: 0121 695 2588 Jodie.Mahoney@hee.nhs.uk
Administrator: Patti Bradshaw
Mansfield Rd, Sutton-in-Ashfield. NG17 4JL
Dental Therapy Foundation Training has been established and successfully running in the region since 2009. Initially it was based in the West Midlands. Since 2019 the scheme is covering the West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England (collectively known as the Midlands and East). The scheme is designed for newly qualified dental hygienists and therapists of up to two years post qualification.
Jodie Mahoney, the Programme Lead has been in post since 2014. Jodie is a dually qualified dental hygienist and dental therapist, who qualified from Sheffield in 2009. She has experience in both NHS and private general practice settings and teaches undergraduate students at the University of Birmingham. She gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education in 2017 and is a registered mentor. The duties of the Programme Lead are to support and mentor the foundation therapists through their first year in practice, as well as organising the 12-month study day programme.
Study days are generally monthly and are held at approved education centres across the region. They are a mix of lecture-style, hands-on, and small group discussion seminars. The study days are hosted by the Programme Lead with guest speakers with specialist subject areas relevant to the therapy scope of practice. The training practices are mostly located in the West Midlands, with some now in the East Midlands. The East of England is also included in the area this scheme covers but we are yet to see our first training practices in this area. Our Educational supervisors are experienced dentists who have a drive and enthusiasm for teaching and guiding a newly qualified dental professional into the world of general practice.