Decontamination Consultant & Owner
I have been working in the Dental Industry for 15 years where I started with Dentsply Sirona as a Restorative and Preventive Territory Sales Manager. Entering into the dental arena was extremely daunting, especially as I had no dental experience, which Dentsply quickly acknowledge with every new TSM completing the BDIA Introductory to Dentistry exam to which I achieved a distinction. This was, and still is, a great knowledge base for those new to the industry.
After working for Dentsply for 3 years I decided to move on and started to work as National Sales Manager for Prestige Medical. This was, not only, my first experience of selling small capital equipment but also my first introduction to Dental Infection Prevention.
The Department of Health had just launched the draft version of the Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 and there was a lot of uncertainty as to what this new document would bring and mean to the day to day running of a dental practice. With the hard copy hitting English NHS practices in October 2009, and private practices requesting copies, I started to look at ways that I could assist dental practices with understanding what this document was asking of them. I started to send out, to my customers, a HTM 01-05 briefing document, which was only 4 pages and outlined the main points that practices would need to address. This was found to be an extremely useful tool and, to this day, I still share with customers.
I moved on from Prestige Medical and joined Henry Schein Dental as Decontamination Product Manager and was keen to continue my eagerness to assist dental practices in complying with all of the UK's Infection Prevention guidelines. I started to work with the Henry Schein's Education Department to put together a comprehensive program in Infection Control. It became apparent, to me, that most of the IC training programs only focused on pathogen groups and microorganisms. There weren't any courses that, apart from covering these elements, also focused on dental Decontamination, testing and validation. From this I put together a course content, designed for the entire dental team, which covered all areas of current guidelines.
I have most recently worked as Microscopes and Decontamination Sales Manager for Henry Schein Dental working with customers to ensure that they are purchasing the correct equipment that complies to all UK and European regulations and guidelines. My advice to my customers is completely impartial and comes from my long experience working with the UK guidelines and my knowledgeable interpretation. All of my advice is underpinned by my belief that staff and patient safety is paramount.
I have been delivering Dental Infection Prevention courses for many years and have also written several published articles on the subject of Infection Prevention. I have also completed an Infection control course via the open university in 2018 and worked with other companies to ensure the best level of infection control is given.