Philippa graduated from the Royal London Hospital in 1993 and was keen to pursue a career in Community Dental Services. She applied for the post of vocational trainee where Paul Mortimer was her trainer. Philippa enjoyed the year immensely and was pleased to be offered a permanent Dental Officer post. Over the next few years she honed her skill and gained experience in paediatric dentistry, special care dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery, school screening, domiciliary care, dentistry on the mobile unit which she even learnt to drive as it was just under the HGV limit!, sedation and GA. Philippa worked at the multi-surgery Clinic and the single surgery Dental Clinic which although both in Bedfordshire served a very different demographic.
Philippa’s particular interest was Paediatric Dentistry, so she decided to go back to study. In 2013 she completed a Diploma in Dental Sedation at Guys Hospital with Kings College London followed by an MSc with distinction in Paediatric Dentistry in 2016 from the Eastman Dental Institute UCL. She enjoyed the academic challenge and the practical application both postgraduate qualifications presented. Philippa was appointed as a Senior Dental Officer during this time.
She was approved as an Educational Supervisor in 2015 and has enjoyed supporting 5 Foundation Dentists through their first year which she has found has been great to be a part of their career journey. In addition, she was appointed as Clinical Supervisor for the Paediatric Clinical Leadership Fellows based at our Bedfordshire services.
Philippa said “Dentistry has provided me with many opportunities for travel and electives. The most memorable were the holidays spent working with a street kid project in Uganda, providing dental care to desperately vulnerable children; it has been amazing to be able to see how the project changed some of their lives. There have been many changes and challenges within dentistry over the years, but the one constant has been the pleasure of doing a good job, and actually enjoying what I am paid to do.”