Claudette Christie honoured for her contribution to dentistry
15 January 2019
The BDA's former Northern Ireland Director, Claudette Christie has been honoured with Life Membership in this year's BDA's round of Honours and Awards.
Claudette qualified as a dentist in 1987 and worked in general dental practice in Dungannon for some years.
She became a VT trainer early on in her career, enjoying mentoring and supporting younger dentists, and worked with the Northern Ireland Medical Dental Training Agency to improve training for young dentists.
In her role at BDA National Direct, she gave the final year lecture to Queen's University Belfast students, helping them to navigate the FD recruitment process, across the various UK schemes.
She set up the BDA Northern Ireland Hospitals Group in 2002 and acted as the Group's Treasurer from 2002 to 2017. She served on the BDA's Northern Ireland Branch from 2001 onwards, working to recruit new members, and getting sponsorship for meetings.
She continues to be active at Branch level and in 2017 was elected to the role of Honorary BDA NI Branch Sponsorship Secretary and is President-Elect for the BDA Northern Ireland Branch for 2019.
Claudette led the BDA's Northern Ireland office for 15 years, working to raise the profile of dentistry in Northern Ireland and negotiating with the Northern Ireland Assembly on many issues including pay, terms and conditions and improving working lives for dentists.
She worked closely with the profession's elected representatives to lead development and delivery of the BDA strategic approach to matters affecting the profession in Northern Ireland.
In that role she managed how the priorities for the profession were communicated to government and how stakeholders engaged in the work of the BDA in Northern Ireland, with the ultimate objective of ensuring patient care, patient safety and improving patient experience.
Claudette has been an active supporter of the BDA's Benevolent Fund, facilitating fundraising events.
In nominating her, Roz McMullan, Chair of the Northern Ireland Council said:
"We are delighted to see the huge contribution Claudette has made to dentistry in Northern Ireland, and to the BDA, recognised.
"Many dentists in Northern Ireland know Claudette and look on her as the 'go-to' person when advice or support is needed. During her time as BDA National Director, she guided and mentored many staff and committee representatives.
"Her passion for her profession is always clear to see and she inspires others with her positive attitude and her wealth of experience."
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