The NHS appoints first Chief Dentist for the Midlands Region

Adam Morby, has been appointed as Regional Chief Dentist for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands. Adam will be working to deliver improved outcomes for patients and overseeing dentistry in the region.

The Regional Chief Dentist is an employee of NHS England and NHS Improvement, accountable to the Midlands NHS Medical Director. The role includes providing clinical leadership and support not only within the NHS England regional team but also to all stakeholders within the region. Adam will work with the Chief Dental Officer England Sara Hurley to implement national work programmes such as Starting Well (children’s prevention and treatment service), Mouth Care Matters (oral health in care homes and hospitals) and Making Every Contact Count (general health prevention in dental practices and hospital settings) on a regional basis.

Adam, has been a general dental practitioner for 27 years, qualifying from Birmingham University in 1993 and practicing in Staffordshire for the last 21 years. He has spent a number of years as an Educational Supervisor for Foundation Dentists.

He has worked with the South Staffordshire Local Dental Committee as Chair and Secretary for 20 years, along with chairing the West Midlands Association of Local Dental Committees. This also involved representing local practitioners in the area at the British Dental Association General Dental Practice Committee since its inception.

“For the last 17 years I have been working with NHS England in the Midlands as a Dental Practice Adviser, working with local practitioners to improve the quality and delivery of care. It is a privilege to build on this with my appointment as Regional Chief Dentist. I am very much looking forward to overseeing dentistry in the region"

Dr Vijay Rawal, Deputy Medical Director Commissioning (Primary Care Strategy and Public Health) at NHS England and NHS Improvement for the Midlands said: “I am really pleased to welcome Adam to this new role which is one of the first such posts in the country. Dentistry is such a key part of all-round health, Adam’s experience and strong clinical leadership will support improvement in patient outcomes and drive up the quality of care”.

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