HEE East of England
The Educational Supervisor: Philippa Warner qualified from the Royal London Hospital in 1993. She is an experienced senior dentist working within the Community Dental Service and has enjoyed a wide and varied dental career with the opportunity to mentor a large number of newly qualified dentists with whom she has worked. She has been an approved ES since 2015. She completed a Diploma in Dental Sedation at Kings College London in 2013 and gained her Masters in Paediatric Dentistry from the Eastman Dental Institute (UCL) in 2016. She brings a wealth of experience to the team she manages and is always available for advice, opinions, and practical assistance.
Shaswati Mandal graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2007 and completed her Vocational Training in general practice on the West Midlands Scheme. She is an experienced dentist who has worked in general practice and Community Dental Services providing care to a variety of patients including the provision of inhalation sedation to anxious patients and enjoys working within a team. She has a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics and is available to provide guidance and support to all colleagues in their dental careers.
The Practice: The Dental Department at the Liverpool Road Health Centre is a seven surgery clinic on the edge of Luton town centre with dedicated central decontamination facilities and an independent x-ray room with intra-oral and an OPG/Ceph machine. All surgeries are computerised with Internet access. The surgery in which the FD will work is well equipped and provides a spacious working environment. The dental team of dentists, therapists, hygienists and dental nurses with extended duties carry out an extensive range of treatment predominantly on children and adults who are dentally anxious or phobic. Routine dental care for adults is offered to enable Foundation Dentists to provide a full range of dental treatment for the local population. The team is very welcoming and engage well with Foundation Dental training, providing excellent opportunities for experience and learning. Dental treatment under conscious sedation is offered on site including inhalation sedation and intravenous sedation. The Service also operates weekly General Anaesthetic sessions which are undertaken in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery theatre at The Luton & Dunstable Hospital.
The Area: Luton is within easy reach of London yet surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Bedfordshire, With a population of 170,000, Luton is the county's major town and industrial centre. The town provides all major facilities including shopping, libraries, arts and entertainment. Road access is by the M1 and the mainline train station is Luton Station.
Other Points of Interest: Community Dental Services (CDS) is a Social Enterprise providing quality dental treatment to the local community. The post is based full time in Luton. The Foundation Dentist will provide courses of treatment for adults and children with a similar, if not, enhanced experience to working in general dental practice. There is an existing list of patients offering the opportunity for the full range of NHS treatments. In addition we offer the experience of working alongside specialists in Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Restorative Dentistry, Periodontology, Special Care and IV sedation. Treatment is also carried out using conscious sedation techniques and under general anaesthesia. You will also get involved in treating emergency patients when you feel able to take on this role.
The Service has a fleet of mobile dental units which provide dental care to special needs schools, day centres, residential centres and at a homeless centre in Luton. The Service also provides dental care for the secure Mental Health Facility Unit in Luton.
We offer an ‘open door’ policy in a practice with a long tradition as a learning environment with full support at all times including help with the various elements of the foundation year and Dental Foundation Portfolio – case presentations, foundation skills and audit project.