About Us

Who is on the committee?

The Committee Officers are Chair, Administrative Secretary, Finance Officer, Web and Social Media Officer and with committee members up to a total of ten.

What is the function of the committee?

  • Meet the aims of the Group.
  • Provide for the needs of its members
  • Promote the Group within the Dental Profession.
  • To communicate to its membership.
  • Manage the finances of the Group to achieve its aims and functions.

What does the group provide?

  • Two study days each year, one at the B.O.C. and one in March.
  • A quarterly Journal to provide communication
  • A web site www.orthodontic-ong.org to provide communication.
  • Help and Guidance in the specialist field of Orthodontics for its members.
  • Online ProDental CPD Courses
  • Continuing Professional Development in Orthodontics.
  • Group badge to identify membership of the Group.

ONG Aims

To act on behalf of all Orthodontic Dental Nurses and Therapists to advance high standards by developing and expanding their roles under ‘Dental Care Professionals’.

ONG Objectives

  • To develop the Orthodontic Dental Nurses and Therapist roles within the Specialist Group.
  • To provide continuing professional education with at least bi-annual study days.
  • To keep the membership informed by means of Newsletters and Web Site.
  • To recommend to the GDC Council changes needed in legislation.
  • To liaise with relevant professional bodies to promote the status of:
    • Orthodontic Dental Nurses and Therapists.
    • To manage the Group’s finances to achieve its objectives.
    • To plan for the future.

ONG was founded in 1994 and became an affiliated organisation of the British Orthodontic Society in 1997.

Committee Members

The Committee Officers are the President, Chair, Administrative Secretary, Finance Officer, Web and Social Media Officer and with committee members up to a total of ten.

Debra
Debra Worthington

President Debra Worthington

Debra has been a dental nurse for 37 years; working in General Dental Practice, Community Dental Service and Secondary Care. She is the Maxillofacial Unit Manager at Salford Royal Hospital; a busy unit comprising of maxillofacial surgery, oral surgery and orthodontics.

Debra has been a member of the Orthodontic National Group since its inception in 1994 and has been a committee member for 17 years. She is the current chairman of the group – having served in this role for 9 years. She is the current president elect and will take this role in September at the British Orthodontic Conference in Manchester.

She works tirelessly at both a local and national level representing orthodontic nurses and therapists at Stakeholder meetings which includes the GDC, the BDA and the RCS (Edin).

Sally
Sally Dye

Chair Sally Dye

Sally qualified as an orthodontic therapist in 2009 and joined ONG committee soon after this time, she later took the role of Admin Secretary and OT rep. In 2016 she became Chief Editor of ONG News. Sally works full time in 2 specialist orthodontic practices; she also has Cert Ed and has been involved with dental nurse teaching for many years both for qualifications and for extended duties. She also teaches free lance on the Masters in Clinical Dentistry on theorthodontic programme at BPP University.

Sarah Loudon
Sarah Loudon

Finance Officer Sarah Loudon

Sarah is a qualified orthodontic therapist working full time at New Cross Hospital, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Caring for routine and complex MDT orthodontic patients within the secondary care setting under consultant supervision. Sarah qualified at Birmingham Dental Hospital with a combined National /Hospital Qualification, continuing her role in GDP and the Community Dental Service for Dudley and eventually gaining further qualifications in Oral Health, Radiography, Sedation and Orthodontic Nursing in 2012. Sarah qualified in Orthodontic Therapy in 2013 from Warwick and has been actively involved in departmental clinical governance, ad-hoc teaching, service initiatives and CPD. Sarah has always believed in life- long learning

Mandy Heap
Amanda Heap

Administrative Secretary Amanda Heap

Amanda took on this role from Sept 2015 after joining the committee in April 2015. She work as a full time dental nurse at York Hospital and has been involved in orthodontics in this setting as well as general practice for 11 years. She particularly loves the sense of achievement when helping to improve a young persons smile and confidence.

Tamiley Morris
Tamiley Morris

Web and Social Media Officer Tamiley Morris

Tamiley worked as a dental nurse for 27 years . Having started her nurse training at Manchester dental hospital, she then worked in general dental practice, HMP dental service and specialist orthodontic practice as a senior dental nurse prior to moving to work at the Royal Stoke hospital orthodontic/restorative/maxillofacial department. The move into orthodontic therapy finally became a reality in 2014 when she started her training with the Leeds orthodontic therapy course. Tam has a special interest in working with patients with ASD and other learning challenges.

She joined the committee in July 2015 after more than 6 years as a member of the group.

Pamela Gill
Pamela Gill

Editor Pamela Gill

Pamela is a qualified OT and is employed at University of Manchester Dental Hospital for Manchester Foundation NHS Trust. She treats a range of orthodontic patients whom require secondary care under Consultant supervision. Pam’s job role involves teaching and mentor ship on the Orthodontic post qualification course and the Orthodontic Therapy Diploma. She became an ONG committee member just over a year ago. Pam is passionate about her job and loves to help others develop their own career paths.

Emma Davies
Emma Davies

Co – Editor Emma Davies

Emma Qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2011 NVQ Level 3 at University of Manchester Dental Hospital. She has worked in Orthodontic Department since qualifying, and is trained to undertake records and give preventative advice on the Nurse led clinics. Emma has experience of assisting with complex cases alongside the Consultants within the department; such as patients with Hypodontia and surgical Orthognathic cases.

Natalia Miller
Natalia Miller

Committee Member Natalia Miller

Natalia is an orthodontic therapist in Jersey , working at the general hospital dental department. Having started her dental career 24 year ago as a dental nurse she qualified as an orthodontic nurse in 2004. Her career progressed in 2014 when she started her training in Leeds to become the first orthodontic therapist on the island.

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