New public dental service clinical director
NHS Lanarkshire has welcomed its new clinical director of public dental service, Geraldeen Irving. Geraldeen, who lives in Kilsyth, started in the role on 10 January having previously been the assistant clinical director of public dental service for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Geraldeen said: “I’m very excited to join the public dental service within NHS Lanarkshire. I’m especially grateful for the warm welcome I have received from the team since I came into post.
“As with all specialties, COVID-19 has had a massive impact on how we work and how we deliver care to our patients.
“It is clear that dental services across Lanarkshire have really pulled together and adapted in order to keep delivering the essential dental treatments that our patients require.”
Geraldeen’s key priorities are to remobilise services and to get staff into the roles they were doing pre-COVID – taking on board the learning over the pandemic.
Geraldeen added: “Lanarkshire has a fantastic reputation of general dental service and public dental service working together; particularly during the pandemic that really shone through.
“Through the challenge the professions face, there is also a great opportunity to assess everything that we have learned, both the good and the bad, to help shape the way that the service runs moving forward.
“There has been a lot of collaborative working with general dental service. It has enabled us to look at how we can work together to better treat our patients and how we can better use our time and resources.”