Dental chief pays a visit to meet staff and students in Portsmouth

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THE country’s top dental officer has paid a visit to a city dental academy.

NHS England chief dental officer Sara Hurley was at the University of Portsmouth academy in Hampshire Terrace, Southsea, to meet staff and take part in filming a television programme.

Ms Hurley said she was delighted to get to know the university’s vice-chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith as well as the academy’s interim director Leanna Wynne and clinical director, Latha 

Ms Hurley said she also had the chance to meet dental students during the visit.

She said: ‘It was a real pleasure to visit the university’s dental academy and meet dedicated students who are committed to providing first class, free, dental care to NHS patients.

‘I enjoyed meeting students who are using their practical skills and training to benefit the dental care needs of the local community.’

Ms Hurley said she had high hopes for the future of dental care across the country.

‘When these talented dental professionals qualify, there are a wide variety of career options awaiting them.

‘I am confident that the dental health of the UK will be in good hands and we will see the oral health of England continue to improve.’

Ms Hurley was also filmed by the BBC’s Inside Out for a report on dental health which will be broadcast tonight at 7.30pm.

Mr Hurley took up her role in April this year.

She has worked in dental health science graduating from the University of Bristol Dental School in 1988.

Ms Hurley was previously chief dental officer for the army.

She was also appointed to be the Queen’s honorary dental surgeon in September last