Four dental honours are in Queen’s Birthday list

Four dental honours are in Queen’s Birthday list

Richard Welbury, professor of paediatric dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire and Professor Jason Leitch have been appointed CBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Fiona Ellwood, founder and patron of the Society of British Dental Nurses, and Julie Fountain, long-standing Trustee and Programme Co-ordinator of Teeth Team receive the BEM.

An unstinting commitment to identifying and supporting children at risk of abuse has led to recognition for Professor Richard Welbury CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2019. He has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his dedication to safeguarding as well as for his role as both educator and innovator in paediatric dentistry.

Professor Welbury has changed the way that dentists view their role in the recognition and management of child abuse through publishing in refereed journals and delivering countless courses to dental and medical professionals in the UK as well as collaborative work with dental teams in Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.

After graduating from Newcastle Dental School in 1978, He completed his specialist clinical training there in 1991 and was appointed a consultant in Paediatric Dentistry. He moved to the University of Glasgow in 2001 where he was Professor of Paediatric Dentistry. While in Glasgow, he was President of British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (2001-2) and of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (2006-8).

Latterly he was Dean of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (2013-2016). He is now Professor of Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and Hon Consultant at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Jason Leitch CBE is National Clinical Director, Health and Social Care Directorate, of the Scottish Government. He graduated in dentistry from the University of Glasgow in 1991 and became FDS at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1996. He completed a number of training jobs in the West of Scotland prior to becoming a Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in oral surgery in Glasgow.  He has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007 when he joined as the National Clinical Lead for Safety and Improvement. He is now the National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate and is also an honorary professor at the University of Dundee.

Fiona Ellwood BEM is the Patron and Executive Director of the Society of British Dental Nurses and also chairs the National Oral Health Group. She was lately Senior Lecturer and External Examiner at the University of Chester.

Julie Fountain BEM, is a long-standing Trustee and Programme Co-ordinator at at Teeth Team, working tirelessly to bring the message of dental health to some of the most deprived children in the UK. She has over 22 years’ experience within the dental profession and for the past 9 years has been instrumental in developing the Teeth Team programme. As part of her role at Teeth Team Julie visits primary schools and sees many children who either don’t own a toothbrush or share a family toothbrush. “Trying to get the healthy eating message across to the children, then hoping they take it home to their parents, is tough,” Julie says, “but if you can change the outlook of even one child then it’s worthwhile.”


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