Providing exemplary care to complex dental patients: hospital dentist honoured
15 January 2019
Dr Paul David Cheshire has been honoured with a Certificate of Merit in the BDA's round of Honours and Awards for 2018-19.
Dr Cheshire has had a long and exemplary career in hospital dentistry, providing care to complex restorative cases within the NHS, and supporting patients and colleagues in both general dental practice and the dental community service.
Dr Cheshire was a consultant in restorative dentistry at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester from 1996 until he retired in November 2017. He also worked as a consultant at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth between 2014 and 2017.
He is currently Chair of the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry Examination Board at the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). In 2007 he co-founded the London Section of the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry at the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). He was co-director of the Diploma until 2014 and still teaches on the programme.
Always focused on developing his skills, Dr Cheshire was awarded one of the first Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships for Dentistry in 1994, and he went to Texas to study implant dentistry at the Health and Science Centre, San Antonio, as well as maxillofacial prosthodontics at MD Anderson, Houston.
His main field of interest is implant dentistry, but he is also on the specialist register for restorative dentistry; periodontology; fixed and removable prosthodontics and endodontics.
He was previously a consultant at the Eastman Dental Hospital, where he taught on the Masters programmes in Implant Dentistry, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry.
Throughout his career, Dr Cheshire has worked tirelessly to breach the gap between the primary and secondary sectors and to help the career development of younger colleagues. He has supported teaching activities locally in West Sussex, and through the FGDP and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was Chairman of the Chichester and Bognor Regis BDA from 2003 to 2006.
His long-term commitment to patient care is evident, he established an outreach programme into general dental practice in 1998 where dentists could come with their patients to the MFU and if this wasn't possible, he went to the practitioners' own clinics and saw the patient in their own environment.
In 2004 he was appointed consultant and Clinical Advisor to West Sussex PCT and West Sussex Community Dental Services. Dr Cheshire immediately established the West Sussex Periodontal Service utilising practitioners with a special interest in Periodontal Disease, the first of its kind in the UK. This later expanded into a Complex Dentistry Scheme in 2008. He resigned from the scheme to take up the consultant duties in Portsmouth.
Dr Cheshire was a member of the Working Party for the Commissioning of Restorative Dentistry and succeeded Jimmy Steele as Chairman. He has undertaken additional NHS England work and is part of the working party for the South East London Pilot for Implants, TMJ and Orthodontics, as well as the Steering Group for the Accreditation of Level 2 Restorative Services.
He has a number of refereed publications and was External Moderator for the Academic Board, Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology (2010-12). As well as being involved with Core Dental Foundation Training he has taught on local dental nurse programmes and was an external examiner for the Eastman Dental Institute Dental Nurse Final Examination.
Since retiring from clinical practice, he maintains his commitment to advancing and improving the delivery of NHS Dentistry. He has undertaken a Restorative Needs Assessment for the Wessex Region and is the interim chair for the Wessex Restorative Managed Clinical Network.
On nominating him, Agi Tarnowski, Secretary of the West Sussex Local Dental Committee, said:
"It is a rare and commendable thing to reach out beyond one's own interest and one's own team of colleagues to support access to complex dentistry to patients, provide support and help develop the careers of fellow dentist in theses changing times.
"David is an extraordinary dentist, with meticulous attention to detail, planning some of the most complex of cases for the NHS. Working in multidisciplinary environment, he has supported colleagues within the departments, he has worked and reached out to dentists in primary care across the professional groups. We are delighted to see him honoured with the accolade by the BDA"
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