Local Dental Network Chairs in the Midlands

Under the proposed Health and Care Bill before parliament, many commissioning decisions will in the fullness of time be delegated down to new integrated care systems, with regions continuing to play an important role. So it’s important we begin to look at the clinical infrastructure around those bodies at a local level. 

The Midlands region have aligned their LDN Chairs and ICSs to help support this development and we are delighted to share with you the local appointments that make up a strong team across the patch.

LDN chairs are an important innovation in the NHS. As the NHS moves towards a system led approach, we will look to ensure effective coordination of our current structures with the new. No decisions have been taken at this time, but we will keep you updated

Derbyshire: Rami Khatib

Rami is a general dental practitioner, who graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2005. He has a special interest in managing anxious patients and in dental implants. He also has an interest in dental technology including CBCT scans, 3d intraoral scanning and microscopy. Rami owns two dental practices in Chesterfield. He is an Educational Supervisor to two Foundation dentists and enjoys teaching, having also been a tutor at Sheffield Dental School in the past.

As Chair of the Derbyshire County LDC he takes a leading role in organising free CPD events and peer reviews for in the region.

Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland: Steve Claydon

Steve Claydon has been recently appointed to the position of Local Dental Network (LDN) Chair for Northamptonshire and Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. He has been working as a LDN chair in the West Midlands area for about a year. Previously he worked with NHS England and its predecessor organisations for about thirty years and also worked in the former Dental Reference Service. He is a specialist in orthodontics and runs an NHS orthodontic practice outside of the Midlands region.

Steve’s previous clinical adviser work for NHS England included Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. He is very much looking forward to working with colleagues and other key stakeholders to help improve oral health service delivery for the local population.

Lincolnshire: Kenny Hume

Kenny was a partner in General Practice in Lincoln until 2016. He has special interest in orthodontics and continues to work both in practice and at Lincoln County Hospital.

Kenny is Chair of Lincolnshire LDC and Co-Chair of the Gerodontology MCN for Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

Steve’s previous clinical adviser work for NHS England included Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. He is very much looking forward to working with colleagues and other key stakeholders to help improve oral health service delivery for the local population.

Nottinghamshire: Dr Pavni Lakhani

Pavni qualified from King’s College London in 2013, going on to complete the MFDS and a PgCert in Restorative Dentistry. She has worked in primary and secondary care as well as working in New Zealand. Currently Pavni works in community dental services, treating special care and paediatric patients. Many of these patients are anxious and have complex medical histories.

Promoting good oral health is a key component of her daily practice alongside providing treatment under local anaesthetic and inhalation sedation as well as domiciliary visits. 

She has a passion for improving dental health and reducing health inequalities and is currently involved in the BASCD survey of children aged 5 years old in school settings. Pavni is a clinical tutor for dental hygiene and therapy students and has completed a certificate in coaching and mentoring. She is currently enjoying the challenge of completing her 2nd year MA in Dental Law and Ethics.

Birmingham and Solihull: Peter Thornley

Peter is a general dental practitioner working in Sutton Coldfield, where he has been in partnership with his wife Alison for 26 years.  He has an interest in orthodontics, and previously worked as a hospital practitioner at Good Hope Hospital.  He also has an interest in Medical Education, and until recently was the Training Programme Director for Dental Foundation Training in Coventry and Warwickshire.  As a member of Birmingham Local Dental Committee for many years, Peter was the Vice Chair before taking the role as Chair of the Birmingham and Solihull Local Dental Network.

Peter has been involved with the managed clinical networks for a long time as an LDC member, and before that worked as a part-time dental adviser for the old Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust

Birmingham, Black Country and West Birmingham: Afy Ilyas

Afy was born and raised in Wolverhampton and has been a full time General Dental Practitioner in the area for the past 22 years. He is a Dental Foundation Trainer at the Royal College of Surgeons Examiner a Dental Practice Advisor for NHS England and Improvement and a CQC Specialist Advisor.

He is also Wolverhampton LDC Chair.

Peter has been involved with the managed clinical networks for a long time as an LDC member, and before that worked as a part-time dental adviser for the old Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust

Coventry and Warwickshire: Alison Lee

Alison is a Consultant and Clinical Lead managing a UDA based contract across nine localities in Coventry and Warwickshire. In her full time clinical practice she has a particular interest in conscious sedation, oral manifestations of systemic conditions and in developing clinical colleagues for their future in Tier 2 paediatric and special care dentistry.

As Chair of the West Midlands managed clinical network her directed work streams include case study and learning groups for Tier 3 sedation and General Anaesthesia, domiciliary care and critical appraisal to promote evidence-based practice in SCD.

Alison developed the highly effective Urgent Care System for the Coventry and Warwickshire Community Dental Service, coping with the pandemic restrictions affecting primary care provision.

Shropshire and Staffordshire: Tony Ahmed

Tony qualified in 1993 from Birmingham University, setting up his own practice in 2003 where he still works. He has been a trainer of foundation dentists for 11 years and is a member of many committees and managed clinical networks.  Tony has a postgraduate certificate in orthodontics from Warwick University and a postgraduate certificate in medical education from Wolverhampton University. Tony has been the chair of the Local Dental Network for Shropshire and Staffordshire for more than 7 years.

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