Colin Welsh


Colin Welsh will be covering Safeguarding Children and Young Adults. Safeguarding Adults at risk – 08.30-10.30

Colin completed over 30 years exemplary service with the Metropolitan Police, a significant proportion devoted to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. He spent a total of eight years managing child abuse investigation teams and a further nine years leading major safeguarding inquiries throughout the London area.

He acquired unrivaled experience of intra-familial child homicide investigation and personally led many complex and emotive cases, receiving a number of commendations for his work. He regularly provided safeguarding and investigative training at the Metropolitan Police crime academy and lectured externally to multi-disciplinary audiences both nationally and internationally. He was at the forefront of national safeguarding policy and was sought for advice on many occasions  by colleagues in other Police forces and partner agencies. In 2014 he received an award from the National Police Chief”s Council for making a major contribution to improving the national standards of child death investigation.

Colin has also provided support to the Savile inquiry team (Operation Yewtree) and was appointed as a safeguarding consultant by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the an inquiry into safeguarding issues on the overseas territories of St Helena and Ascension Island.

Philip Lewis

Philip Lewis

Philip Lewis will be covering Oral Cancer – 10.30-11.30

Philip Lewis BDS qualified in London in 1977 and is an Ambassador for the Mouth Cancer Foundation and Clinical Lead of the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme. He acts as a Media Spokesperson for the British Dental Association and is a member of various dental associations including the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry. Philip was recently voted number 7 in Dentistry Magazine’s Top 50 Most Influential People in the profession

Pete Gibbons

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Pete Gibbons will be covering Disinfection and Decontamination – 12.00 – 13.00

Pete Gibbons has worked with HTM 01-05 for the past 11 years along with the Scottish SDCEP, Northern Ireland, Welsh and also the ROI guidelines relating to Infection prevention.  The general outcomes of the training session are to understand the basics of the document in terms of ‘Essential Requirement’ and ‘Best Practice’.  The regulations can be interpreted in many different ways and understanding what should be done can be very misleading. The advice that will be given will be my understanding, having worked with the document for some time. What are general requirements in terms of equipment? What are the requirements for a decontamination room? How to transport instruments? What testing is required?  Along with the latest amendments and how to reduce the risks of Pathogen transmission. These are all aspects that will be covered during the session and the aim is to inform and make clear the guidelines.

Kevin Lewis

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Kevin Lewis will be covering Legal & Ethical Issues – 14.00-15.00

Kevin Lewis qualified from The London Hospital in 1971. He spent 20 years in full time general dental practice and 10 further years practising part time. He was the Dental Director of Dental Protection for 18 years up to June 2016 and also an Executive member of the Council (Board of Directors) and senior management team of the Medical Protection Society. Kevin has been writing a regular column in the dental press since 1981 – originally as the Associate Editor of Dental Practice and since 2006 as the Consultant Editor of Dentistry magazine. During a long and varied career he has lectured at conferences in over 30 countries and still writes and lectures regularly all over the world.  Kevin has the unique triple distinction of having been awarded honorary membership of the British, Irish and New Zealand Dental Associations.

John Makin

John Makin

John Makin will be covering Handling Complaints, A Tactical Team Approach – 15.00-16.00

John Makin qualified in Manchester in 1983 and has worked as a general dental practitioner in Lancashire and Devon. He was involved with Foundation Training for many years as both a Trainer and VT Adviser/Training Programme Director with the Manchester and Exeter DFT Schemes.

John has postgraduate diplomas in law and dental education and served on the GDC’s Fitness to Practise Committee before becoming a full time Dento-legal adviser with The Dental Defence Union where he has had significant involvement in the development and delivery of DDU’s undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes. John is now Head of the DDU.

Jimmy Makdissi


Dr Makdissi will be covering Radiography & Radiation Protection (including IR(ME)R update) – 16.00-17.00

Dr Makdissi, better known as Jimmy joined Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2004 as a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology. He completed his specialist training at Guy’s Hospital and obtained his Diploma of Dental Radiology from the Royal College of Radiologists. Dr Makdissi directs the Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology programme of the undergraduate BDS curriculum. He served on the Education Committee of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. In addition, he operated as the Dental Tutor for the London Deanery at Barts Health and the Faculty Tutor at the Royal College of surgeons. Dr Makdissi is currently the President of the British Dental Association. He is also the founder and the clinical director of the Cone Beam CT Centre.

Ian Corbett


Ian Corbett will be covering Medical Emergencies – 17.30-19.30

After graduating from King’s College, London, Ian initially started his working life as an immunologist working in transplantation, then completing a PhD in breast cancer, before transferring to dentistry where he qualified at Newcastle University.  Ian trained in the Maxillofacial unit in Newcastle, with an interest in dentoalveolar surgery, orthognathic surgery and trauma. Following over a decade at Newcastle University, during which time he chaired the IADR Anaesthetic Research Group and was awarded the President’s Prize from the European Federation of Dental Anaesthesiology Societies, Ian moved back to the NHS as a Consultant Oral Surgeon.

Currently Ian occupies his spare time with postgraduate education. Having recently chaired the Specialist Advisory Board in Oral Surgery, Ian is now Convenor of Dental Examinations for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, organises and examines both in the UK and overseas.