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Case examiners

Case examiners are appointed GDC staff members with a statutory duty to make decisions. Case examiners take over the case after casework have looked into the concern and referred the matter for more in depth consideration. Each case is considered by a pair of case examiners, one lay and one a dentist or dental care professional. They review all the relevant evidence gathered by casework, including any evidence provided by the registrant or the informant.

The case examiners are not asked to decide the facts of the case. They do not consider if the allegations made against a registrant are true or not true. The case examiners are required instead to consider if there is a real prospect that the allegation in the case could be proved and that, if proven, it would suggest that the registrant's ability to practice as a dental professional may be effected. The case examiners work using a filtering process, closing some cases without further action and referring others for a full hearing.

In coming to that determination the case examiners consider:

  • whether there is a real prospect of the facts, as alleged being found proved, and if so,
  • whether or not there is a real prospect of the statutory ground being established (e.g. misconduct), and if so,
  • whether or not there is a real prospect of a finding of current impairment being made.

The real prospect test means that the case examiners have to decide if there is a genuine, not remote or fanciful, possibility of establishing at a Practice Committee, that the registrant's ability to practise as a dental professional is currently impaired.

The case examiners have a number of outcomes available to them when making a decision:

  • To adjourn the case for further information.
  • To close the case and take no further action.
  • To issue a letter of advice to the registrant.
  • To issue a warning to the registrant.
  • To issue a warning to the registrant and direct that the warning should be published on the GDC website.
  • To refer the case to the Interim Orders Committee.
  • To ask the registrant to agree a series of undertakings on their registration.
  • To refer the case to one of the three practice committees for a full inquiry.

The GDC's three Practice Committees are:

It is important to note that when one or both of the case examiners consider it appropriate, they may refer the case to the Interim Orders Committee (IOC). The IOC will consider if a dental professional's registration should be suspended, or made subject to conditions, prior to the full hearing.

Your contact details

Please ensure that you keep the GDC informed of any changes to your address or other contact details as the case review team (CRT) will need to be able to contact you during your period of undertakings.

Contact the case review team

If you would like to contact us, please get in touch.

Current GDC case examiners

The GDC has 14 case examiners; nine clinical and five lay.

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Clinical FtP panel member

Abigail Price

Abigail Price studied Dental Hygiene at Birmingham University, qualifying with a Diploma in 2003. Abigail has worked in various general ...

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Lay FtP panel member

Adair Richards

Adair Richards is director of Adair Richards Associates Ltd which is based in Coventry. It deals primarily with academia, training, ...

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Clinical FtP panel member

Adrian Moore

Adrian Moore qualified at the Royal Dental Hospital of London School of Dental Surgery, University of London in 1981. He ...

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Clinical Fitness to Practise panel member

Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith has a background of over 30 years within the Probation Service, and as a senior manager for the ...

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Lay Fitness to Practise panel member

Alastair Smith

Alastair Smith is Managing Editor for an independent publishing company. Aside from his work in publishing, Alastair has a ...

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Lay Fitness to Practise panel member

Alexandra Geen

Alexandra Geen is a Senior Programme Lead at NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. Duties involve commissioning health services; with a ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Alice Robertson Rickard

Alice Robertson Rickard is a fee-paid Tribunal Judge of the Social Entitlement Chamber. She hears appeals against decisions of the ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Alison Mayell

Alison qualified from The London Hospital Dental School in 1984. She was principle of her own practice in St. Albans ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Amitha Ranauta

Amitha qualified as a dentist from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1996. On completion of ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Amy Besau

Amy Besau is a Practice Manager at a Huddersfield dental practice. She qualified at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Andrea Hammond

Andrea has worked in dentistry since 1996, qualifying first as a dental nurse in 1998, and currently works at two practices ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Andrew Furniss (registered Robert Andrew)

Andy Furniss qualified as a dentist in1983 from the University of London (London Hospital) and has worked in general dental ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Andrew Skelton

​Andy Skelton is currently self-employed and works in a number of areas of healthcare regulation and governance. He works as ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Andy Waite

Andy Waite is a lay chair and joined the General Dental Council discrete Interim Orders Committee panel in 2018. He ...

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Clinical Case Examiner

Anita Carter

Anita Carter qualified as a Dental Surgery Assistant in 1989, studied Human Biology at the University of Hertfordshire in 2003, ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Anita Clay

Dr. Anita Clay is a Medical Doctor who has worked for a number of years within Accident and Emergency. She ...

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Lay Council member, Finance and Performance Committee, Remuneration Committee

Anne Heal

Anne Heal chairs the Thames Water Customer Challenge Group, is a non executive director of the Office of Rail and Road, ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Anne Ng

Anne Ng qualified as a Dental Therapist from New Cross in 1981. She then worked for Barking, Havering and Brentwood ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Anthony Simpson

Anthony is employed as a Maxillofacial Laboratory manager, specialising in facial and body prosthetics. He is a full member of ...

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Fitness to Practise Panel

Ardalan Eghtedar

Ardalan Eghtedar graduated in dentistry from Liverpool in 2014.  Ardalan has since obtained The Diploma of Membership of the Faculty ...