In memory of Janet Goodwin

News Published: 
1 October 2020


We regret to report that Janet Goodwin FFGDP(UK)(Hon.), Dental Care Professional Observer on the National Faculty Board, has passed away.


A Registered Dental Nurse, Janet joined in the dental profession in 1971 and worked in many different environments including general practice, community practice, secondary care and in healthcare management. Early on, she also became interested in the educational aspect of her role, qualifying to teach, and later working in further education, including roles as Nurse Manager at Leeds Dental Institute and Qualifications Manager at the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN).


A Fellow of the British Association of Dental Nurses, from which she received an Outstanding Contribution to Dental Nursing Award in 2009, she was the first dental nurse to be a member of the General Dental Council, and is the only one to have been President of the Oral Health Foundation. During her career she was also Chair of the GDC Standards Review Group, and both an Examiner and Chair of the NEBDN. Outside of dentistry, she was on the governing body of the charity Nugent Care, which supports vulnerable adults and children in the North West of England. 


Janet served FGDP(UK) for many years as a representative for the interests of the wider dental team, and became an Affiliate Member of the Faculty when it opened its membership to dental care professionals in 2005. An elected member and Chair of the Faculty’s DCP Committee, she sat on the Board for over ten years as an observer, contributed to many standing committees, provided input during the development of standards and guidance, and was awarded Honorary Fellowship in 2019.


She died on Monday at her home in Blackpool after a long battle with breast cancer.


Ian Mills, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:


“Janet was a ground-breaking and influential figure in dentistry, and her passing is very sad news indeed. She was a fantastic ambassador for our profession, a passionate advocate for the role of the dental team, and a strong supporter of the Faculty. She had such a positive attitude to life and to dentistry, and it was my pleasure and honour to have worked with Janet on the Faculty Board over the last few years, and to get to know her personally. It was fitting that we were able to recognise her enormous contribution to dentistry with the award of Honorary Fellowship last year, and I was incredibly proud to bestow that honour upon someone I admired so much. We will greatly miss her warmth and collegiality, and our thoughts are with her family.”