Workforce, training and education
East of England

HEE Midlands and East




Birchwood Dental
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
BDS (Bristol), MFGDP (UK), PGCert D. Ed (Bedfordshire)
Year Qualified: 
Year Qualified: 2011
GDC Number: 
GDC Reg: 209561
BDS (Bristol), MJDF (RCS Eng)
Year Qualified: 
Year Qualified: 2012
GDC Number: 
GDC Reg: 228308
Birchwood Dental
7 Birchwood Avenue
AL10 0PL
Phone Number: 
Tel: 01707 263270

The Educational Supervisors:  ​Jayen Patel qualified from the University of Bristol in 2011, after which he completed his foundation training at Birchwood Dental, Hatfield. Jayen has considerable experience of general dental practice as he continued to work at the practice as an associate. He therefore can empathise with the FD learning needs and pass on his experiences. In 2019 he become practice principle alongside his wife, Puja. He is committed to lifelong learning having become a Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and completed the course for PgCert in Dental Education at the University of Bedfordshire. Jayen has a keen interest in Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. His personal philosophy is always to provide excellent quality ethical dentistry and a pleasant dental experience for all of his patients.

Puja Patel qualified from the University of Bristol in 2012, after which she completed foundation training in a practice in Bedford. She then worked as an SHO in hospital as part of the London deanery gaining invaluable skills and experience in oral surgery, IV sedation and oral medicine assessment clinics. She further enhanced her skills by working in foundation training general practices and during this time completed a certificate in Advanced Operative Aesthetics and Restorative Dentistry by Aspire in 2017. Puja enjoys oral surgery and restorative dentistry the most. She is driven to provide her patients with good quality care to allow them to function and smile with confidence.

The Practice: A busy, long established, family oriented dental practice with a strong emphasis on good quality, continuing care. The practice is a contemporary ground floor practice, with four state of the art treatment rooms, central decontamination room, staff room, staff WC, a spacious waiting area, an office, reception and a patient WC (disabled access). Throughout the practice there is air conditioning. Each treatment room has a tablet and TV screens in addition to the computer, for completing patient forms, educating patients and to assist yourselves in your foundation year.

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 The practice has a lovely, pleasant garden which is a nice view from the treatment rooms as well as being enjoyed during the warmer months during lunch breaks


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The friendly and experienced staff have worked with many FDs, the associates are also all extremely supportive of foundation dentists. This makes the transition into general practice easier and it ensures you enjoy your time with us. The practice would be most suited for an enthusiastic and motivated individual who is keen to develop their clinical skills, develop their knowledge through continuing professional development as well as developing an all rounded, holistic approach to caring for their patients. We are fully committed to developing the Foundation Dentist in all aspects of dentistry in the general practice as well providing an enjoyable year.

The Area: The practice is located on a main road in a residential area, next to the Hatfield Business Park and Hertfordshire University Campus. Hatfield has a large Galleria shopping centre with restaurants and a cinema. There are also sports centres and gyms. Nearby the practice is Hatfield House, one of the Treasure Houses of England, an architectural masterpiece surrounded by beautiful parklands and gardens. 
Hatfield is easily accessible by car on the A1M and just outside the M25 corridor. Hatfield station is a 20 minute walk from the surgery and has a fast train service from London Kings Cross (25 minutes). There is also plenty of off-street parking surrounding the practice at no cost.  .

Other Points of Interest:  Having been established since the 1950’s as a Dental practice, we have a great working relationship with several generations of patients within the surrounding areas of Hatfield. We are a very friendly, supportive and close-knit team and encourage our FD’s joining our team to attain their full potential whilst enjoying the year and having fun.