About Us

The South West Local Dental Network (LDN) is hosted and supported by NHS England South West. The LDN enables dental stakeholders to share ideas and feed back to the regional and national teams. This is a great opportunity to influence delivery of NHS dental services across the whole dental pathway including primary care, hospital and community care, in and out of hours.

  • A small clinically-led Steering Group at the core
  • Engagement with the developing Managed Clinical Networks across the South West including the Orthodontic MCN, Restorative MCN, Special Care/Paediatric MCN, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MCN and an urgent and unscheduled dental care group.
  • Engagement with the wider community of practitioners, practice owners and others involved in providing services, as well as patients and stakeholders.

The aims of the Dental LDN are to provide a vehicle for clinically led and clinically owned delivery of:

  • Quality improvements
  • Best outcomes for patients that reflect local need
  • Best use of NHS resources
  • Planning and delivering integrated care pathways
  • Strategies for service planning and health improvements
  • Leadership and engagement
  • Workforce planning and development

The structure of the South West LDN is based on a three layer model: a core group of commissioners, MCN Chair, PHE, HEE and localities, a larger group which includes MCN and LDC members and an outer supportive network of stakeholders and partners.

Local Dental Network Matthew Jerreat, LDN Chair, South West

We hold dental clinical senior management team meetings weekly with all Managed Clinical Network chairs and every four weeks we are joined by Local Dental Committee Chairs.

As Local Dental Network Chair I attend weekly meetings with the NHSE/I Medical Directors ensuring that the dental voice is heard at regional clinical meetings.

Within our South West dental clinical networks, there are some significant pieces of work underway from developing referral forms from primary care through to specialists in secondary care, to pathway development for TMJ/Trauma/Apicectomies/HANC/Hypodontia.

Clinical Fellows

Introducing our South West Dental Clinical Fellow for 2021 and two HEE Career Development Fellows:

Christina Worle

Christina is a Clinical Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management Regional NHS leadership scheme. She is working with the South West Dental Reform Programme team and Access working group in particular, supporting the group to develop an Urgent Care pathway for the region. She is passionate about addressing inequalities in oral health and hopes to offer insights into the dental reform process from her work with excluded populations.

Christina qualified as a dentist at Peninsula Dental School in 2015. She completed her dental foundation training and a further year in general dental practice in Bristol before returning to Plymouth to take up a post at Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise (PDSE). She has run the PDSE community dental clinic for vulnerable people in Plymouth for the last four years. She has also recently completed a Masters in Restorative dentistry.

Natasha Coleman

Natasha is a Career Development Fellow working within the Primary Care Dental Services alongside her role with the South West Dental Reform Programme. She is working with the Oral Health Improvement Working group within the South West Dental Reform Programme. At present, she is investigating how we can improve communication between dental professionals in the South West and supporting the group to develop a Patient Charter.

She qualified as a dentist in 2020 from the University of Bristol with an additional intercalated bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology. During her foundation training year in the Bath and West Scheme, Natasha worked alongside other medical disciplines in managing medically complex patients and treating phobic patients and children.

Siew Leng Tan

Siew Leng is supporting the Workforce working group within the South West Dental Reform Programme. She is developing a workforce survey to map where our dental workforce are in relation to patient need and projected population growth. She is working particularly with Local Dental Network (LDN), Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs), NHS England and NHS Improvement South West and Health Education England South West.

After qualifying at King’s College London, Siew Leng completed her Dental Foundation Training, two years of Dental Core Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Restorative Dentistry, as well as working in general practice. She is currently working at the Gloucestershire Community Dental Service and completing her PG Cert in Dental Education.

Managed Clinical Networks

The Dental LDN is supported by a number of Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs) that feed into the main LDN meetings. You can find out more about these on our Managed Clinical Networks page.