Would you like to gain valuable Board-level experience with your professional body?

News Published: 
21 September 2018

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)), is seeking to fill one of the two Early Careers Board Observer posts on the Faculty Board.

The role of Early Careers Board Observer is a key part of the Faculty’s desire to involve more members in it’s important work and governance processes, and to offer members support at all stages of their career. Early career dentists represent the future of the Faculty and their views and opinions are vital.


Early Careers Board Observer Vacancy 

Have you passed the MJDF in the last three years? Do you want to help influence the future of early career GDPs? Are you interested in making a positive contribution to the FGDP(UK) and its members? Would you like to gain valuable experience on the Board of a national charity?

Then why not provide your views on early careers as an observer on the FGDP(UK) Board? Your experience and observations will be valued and contribute to the Faculty’s ongoing efforts to support dentists early on in their careers. 

Risha Patel is coming to the end of her term as an Early Careers Board Observer, and highly recommends the role to other early career dentists.


"I’ve had the pleasure of being an Early Careers Board Observer for the past three years. When appointed, I was unsure what to expect. Now at the end of my term, I can honestly say it has been the most inspiring and rewarding experience. I have learnt about our profession on a larger scale and gained a non-clinical skill set which I can apply to many different pathways in the future.

I feel part of an approachable and invaluable community in the form of FGDP(UK) and this opportunity has opened the door to many more for me within my FGDP Division. I would highly recommend applying for the post. You have nothing to lose!"



Roshni Karia held the Board observer role from 2015- 2017 and has since joined the Faculty Board, representing the South East & South West Thames Region of FGDP(UK). Roshni found contributing to the Board as an observer a deeply rewarding experience and places great value on her time in this role. 

The Early Careers Board Observer role was an incredibly fulfilling experience for me, both personally and professionally.

During my role I was able to gain a greater insight of the profession and have been fortunate to have met many other driven, like minded and esteemed colleagues on the Faculty Board. They have offered tremendous support and most importantly have valued our opinions and ideas about the challenges that face the newly graduating members of the profession, as it stands today. 

My role has allowed me to develop confidence and influence actual change. Critically, I have been able to witness this first hand. I have been able to progress to become a part of the Faculty Board. This comes with some exciting new responsibilities, where I can work towards even greater change including that of a positive environment and one that encompasses the Faculty's mission of 'Advancing Dental Care.'  Whilst it does require dedication, commitment and sacrifice, it has been an enriching and humbling role which, without doubt has been due to the strong pillars of support given by the entire Board and Team at FGDP. They have been some of the most open minded, warm and encouraging set of colleagues I have had the privilege to work with, something that can only help to progress the dental profession in a much more positive direction.”


Application details 

The Faculty Board meets three times per year, in February, June and October, and one meeting normally takes place on a Saturday. Guidance for Board observers can be foundhere. Observers will be appointed for up to three years. 

Applicants for these posts must meet the following criteria in order to be considered:  

•    Have successfully completed the MJDF examination within three years prior to the date of application; 
•    Hold current MJDF membership; 
•    Be currently practising as a general dental practitioner in the UK.

If you would like to apply for the observer seat, please submit a brief CV along with a statement of no more than 600 words by email to Judy Dodds (jdodds@fgdp.org.uk), which explains why you would like to join the Board as an observer and what you think your participation will bring to the Board. Appointments will be made on the basis of the statements and telephone interviews. The deadline for the receipt of applications is midnight on Friday 2 November 2018.