Preparing for Fellowship
Fellowship is the highest award offered by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and is a pinnacle of achievement for the profession. It recognises the diversity of individual expertise and achievements.
Dentists are interested in Fellowship for a number of reasons. For some it is the accumulation of their career pathway in the profession. For some they are seeking a new and exciting challenge which takes them and their practice to a higher level. And for others, it is a means of accrediting the variety of skills, tasks and responsibilities that they undertake or have undertaken.
Whether you are from an NHS, private or mixed practice, the Preparing for Fellowship programme is a means to join a distinguished group of individuals with the highest level of eminence and influence within the Faculty and the wider profession.
Fellowship of the Faculty is internationally recognised, not least through the post-nominal letters FFGDP(UK); eligibility for you to use the exclusive Fellow member logo; and a Fellow listing on our Membership Register. In addition, as a Fellow of the Faculty you can give back to the profession by getting involved in special interest groups, our local committees and our postgraduate courses. If you are looking to develop your leadership skills and influence the future of the profession, as a Fellow, you can stand for election on our National Board.
Our Fellows tell us that alongside their enhanced standing and credibility, they are profoundly proud of being recognised by their peers and honoured to be associated with others who have made a significant contribution to the profession. They have job satisfaction, a sense of achievement and a continued drive to deliver the highest standards of care for their patients.
MOVING TO THE NEXT STAGE
The Preparing for Fellowship programme is a unique opportunity to move your career to the next level. It allows you to consolidate personal development, evidence your professional practice and form new networks.
Fellowship marks out a candidate's ongoing commitment to professional development, reflective practice and diligence in upholding the highest clinical and other standards in the following domains:
- Management and/or leadership
- Teaching, education and/or assessment
- Law and ethics
The Preparing for Fellowship programme is particularly suited to individuals who can exhibit a significant contribution to the dental profession. You will be required to demonstrate important achievements and impact in the domains highlighted above, over a sustained period via an evidence based portfolio. Central to the portfolio is the reflective account, which demonstrates how your proficiency as a practitioner has developed through experiential learning.
Shamir Mehta shares his thoughts on the 'Preparing for Fellowship' programme in our short video.
Chair of the Fellowship Management Board
Dr Paul Batchelor
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