New members elected to FGDP(UK) board

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Suzanne Sykes and Andrew Parashchak: two new members elected to FGDP(UK) board

Two new members have been elected to the board of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) for the next three years.

Suzanne Sykes, who works within Community Dental Services in Devon, has been elected to represent the Faculty’s South West division, and Andrew Parashchak, who practises in Wigan and Rochdale, is the new member for the Mersey & North West division.

Qualifying from Cardiff in 2009, Ms Sykes served for seven years as a dentist in the Royal Navy, later working in NHS practice and out-of-hours services in Devon before moving to CDS. She also works for the Care Quality Commission as a specialist adviser on primary dental care inspections and is studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Sedation and Pain Management, and a Diploma in Special Care Dentistry.

Mr Parashchak completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and an MSc in Immunology and Immunogenetics before studying for his BDS at Peninsula Dental School, from where he graduated 2012. After working as a general dental practitioner within the NHS, he moved into private practice three years ago. He recently bought his own practice in Rochdale, and still works part-time as an associate in Wigan. Last year he completed the FGDP(UK) Diploma in Restorative Dentistry with a view to progressing to an MSc in the near future.

Jonathan Farmer has also been re-elected to represent Trent & East Anglia. Working mainly in general dental practice since 1988, he currently practises in Lincoln, has a special interest in endodontics, and has worked for the salaried dental service. He is a Programme Director for Dental Foundation Training at Health Education England (East Midlands), Dental Practice Advisor for the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire/North Midlands NHS Area Team and has previously been a clinical supervisor at Leeds and Sheffield Dental Schools.