Victoria Finnegan is currently an inspection manager for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) covering the North of England from Northampton to Northumberland and Hull to Liverpool (just a small area). She has a team of 9 inspectors and who are part of a national dental team that inspect and monitor all registered dental locations in England.
This role ensures dental patients are treated in a safe and effective way, driving improvement through regulation in line with organisational strategy and shaping the future, objectives. She develops effective, natural dialogue and open engagement to support providers and stakeholders to communicate openly, preventing duplication of regulation.
She has worked for the CQC for four years, starting out as a Dental inspector in 2015. As a GDC registered professional, with over 20 years’ experience this knowledge is valuable to the role she is in today.
Her dental passion started in 1999 in Osnabruck Germany where Victoria started as a dental nurse working for the defence dental service. Moving back to Ripon North Yorkshire she progressed and gained experience with extended dental nurse duties including, practice management, radiography, oral health education and smoking cessation.
In 2004 Victoria was accepted to study at Sheffield university where she qualified as a dental Hygiene and Therapist in 2009. Her journey to work in a variety of high street dental practices began and some locum work for the dental defence services at AFC Harrogate and RAF Wittering.
With a passion for governance and regulation a position to become a Specialist advisor with the CQC and at the same time a CQC inspection role was advertised whereby she was accepted. (no easy task…)
Victoria has volunteered for the National Oral Health Promotion Group and held the positions of treasurer and vice chair. A new venture is as an ambassador for the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapists which she is looking forward to starting in the near future.
And if this was not enough Victoria teaches for the dental deaneries, not as a CQC representative but as a dental professional with a brain full of knowledge she wants to be able to share.