NHS Tayside Chief Executive Malcolm Wright visited Dundee Dental Hospital this week to meet with some of the staff delivering dental services.
Malcolm was welcomed by Joanne Cowburgh, Clinical Services Manager (Dentistry and Infection Control) and Clinical Director Professor Grant McIntyre, before meeting with senior staff from the Dental Hospital.
Malcolm gave staff an overview of some of the challenges facing NHS Tayside as well as highlighting areas where improvement work is happening. He also stressed the excellent relationship that exists between the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside and why it is vital to continue to foster the close working partnership between the two organisations.
Staff took the opportunity to discuss concerns such as funding, recruitment and replacing older pieces of equipment. Malcolm also heard how the management structure at Dundee Dental Hospital has evolved to be more inclusive. It is now routine for teams from the various departments to come together, including input from students and clinical leaders, so that decisions are taken in an open and transparent way.
It was also noted that the Dental School in Dundee was highly regarded locally, nationally and internationally.
To round his visit off Joanne Cowburgh invited Malcolm to visit the Orthodontics & Paediatric Dentistry Department. This department is due to benefit from an investment of approximately £400,000 which will see seventeen new dental chairs being installed in the area.
Staff who met with Malcolm included Dean of Dentistry Professor Mark Hector, honorary consultant in restorative dentistry Professor Graham Chadwick, dental nurse manager Wendy Roud, dental laboratory services manager David Hoban, clinical lecturer and honorary speciality registrar in restorative dentistry Colin Levey, consultant in oral surgery Dr Stephanie Sammut and consultant in special care dentistry Dr Abigail Heffernan.