FGDP(UK) Fellowship Awards

News Published: 
19 March 2019

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) has awarded Fellowships to eight individuals in recognition of their exceptional professional achievements. 

FGDP(UK) Fellowship marks out a dentist's ongoing commitment to professional development and reflective practice, diligence in upholding the highest standards of clinical care, and distinction in management and leadership, law and ethics, education and/or research.


Janet Goodwin and John Deer have received Honorary Fellowship, which is bestowed on those who have made an exceptional contribution to the profession.

A dental nurse and Affiliate Member of FGDP(UK), Janet Goodwin’s work in the dental profession since 1971 has encompassed general practice, community practice, dental hospital and further education, and she has long served the Faculty as a representative of the interests of the wider dental team. She has also been a member of the General Dental Council, Nurse Manager of Leeds Dental Institute, an Examiner and Chairman of the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses, and is the Immediate Past President of the Oral Health Foundation.

John Deer co-founded Renishaw, one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology firms, in 1973. The company has provided technology for market-leading model scanners, enabling CAD/CAM milling of prostheses to 3D digital design, and additive manufacture for the printing of bridges, implant frameworks and maxillofacial prosthetics.  It has also funded research into biofilm adhesion onto implant surfaces, and intraoral scanning to help special needs patients. These digital technological innovations have transformed practice for general dental teams, and enabled higher standards of care for their patients.                                       New FGDP(UK) Honorary Fellows: Janet Goodwin and John Deer


Mick Horton, Dermot McNulty, John Milne and Jonathan Rees have been elected to the Fellowship in recognition of their exceptional career records and active support of the Faculty and its mission.

(l-r) New FGDP(UK) Fellows: Mick Horton, Dermot McNulty, John Milne and Jonathan Rees

A practising GDP in North Wales, Dr Horton is a Postgraduate Tutor for Quality Improvement, sits on the Welsh Dental Committee and a number of other local and national committees, and has a special interest in patient safety and the opportunities for dentistry to learn from significant events. The Immediate Past Dean of the Faculty, his term of office saw the initiation of the process to establish an independent College of General Dentistry.

Dermot McNulty is Chair of the Management Board of the FGDP(UK) Diploma in Implant Dentistry. Practising in Bath, he has been placing and maintaining dental implants for over thirty years, is an elected Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and was a founder member of the Association of Dental Implantology.

John Milne has worked in general dental practice for almost forty years, and practises near Wakefield. A former Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, since 2015 he has been the Senior National Dental Adviser to the Care Quality Commission, where he has been instrumental in developing the new model of dental practice inspections. He also contributed to the development of FGDP’s Dementia-Friendly Dentistry guidance, and is working to ensure that national oral health guidelines are met in care homes.

A specialist in oral surgery, Jonathan Rees is an examiner, appraiser and tutor in implant dentistry for the FGDP(UK) as well as for RCS Edinburgh and the University of Manchester, where as a Senior Clinical Fellow he teaches surgery and implant dentistry to Master’s students. He also holds FGDP(UK)’s Advanced Certificate in Implant Dentistry and Diploma in Dental Appraisal. 


Ralph Pickup and Vincent Syme received the Diploma of Fellowship, which recognises the diversity of an individual’s expertise and their achievements in delivering excellence in primary dental care.

After working in hospital and general practice in Newcastle, Ralph Pickup now practises in Clitheroe. He holds postgraduate diplomas in his special interest areas of endodontics and conscious sedation, and is also involved in the restoration of dental implants.

A GDP in Taunton, Vincent Syme specialises in treating older adults and anxious patients. He has a Master’s degree in Gerodontology and has carried out postgraduate study in a range of subjects including periodontology, dentistry for anxious patients, counselling and facial aesthetics. 


                                                                                                                                                                             Ralph Pickup (l) and Vincent Syme (r) receive the Diploma of Fellowship of FGDP(UK)

All dentists with a postgraduate dental qualification may apply for assessment for Fellowship through the Faculty’s Preparing for Fellowship programme, and upon successful completion may use the post-nominal letters FFGDP(UK). 

Those who already hold equivalent Fellowship of one of the UK Royal Colleges or a recognised overseas body can apply for Fellowship Ad Eundem.

Further information and application details are available at https://www.fgdp.org.uk/Your-Career/Fellowship or by emailing fgdp-education@fgdp.org.uk.