ONG Aims

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

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

ONG Objectives

  • To develop the Orthodontic Dental Nurses and Therapist roles within the Specialist Group.

  • To provide continuing professional education via study days, webinars and the British Orthodontic Conference

  • To keep the membership informed by means of e-journals, our website, and social media pages

  • To recommend to the GDC changes needed in legislation and workforce development plans

  • 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 keep members up to date and plan for the future.

What does the group provide?

  • Regular study events to include the DCP programme at the British Orthodontic Conference and at least one webinar a year to provide verifiable CPD

  • Regular members e-journal to provide information and articles of interest

  • A website with public-facing pages and a private members section

  • Help and Guidance in the specialist field of Orthodontics for its members

  • Online ProDental CPD Courses with the membership

  • Group badge to identify membership of the Group

  • Work with suppliers to identify benefits for members

What is the function of the committee?

  • Meet the aims of the Group

  • Provide for the needs of the members

  • Promote the Group within the dental profession

  • Keep in touch with members

  • Manage the finances of the Group to achieve its aims and functions

Who is on the committee?

The committee comprises of ten personnel all registered with the ONG.

The Committee Officers are: President, Chair, Administrative Secretary, Finance Officer, Web and Social Media Officer and nurse and therapists representatives.

Committee Members

Pamela Gill
Pamela GillChair

Pam qualified as an Orthodontic Therapist in 2012. She holds post qualifications in, radiography, orthodontic nursing, record taking, oral health with merit, mentorship clinical education and social prescribing. She has worked for MFT NHS Foundation Trust for 20 years in the orthodontic department and has been involved in treating a variety of complex malocclusions.

Since qualifying, Pam has been teaching the trainee orthodontic therapists on the Manchester course where she delivers various lectures and carries out hands-on teaching using the typodonts to educate the new future of Orthodontic Therapists. She also teaches on the post-qualification course for Orthodontic Nurses. Pam has experience in speaking at conferences and study days and continues to enjoy doing this.

Pam has been an ONG committee for six years and has enjoyed being the in-editor role for the E-Journal. She is looking forward to starting her role as Chair of the group and will continue to uphold her passion for the roles of orthodontic nurses and therapists whilst keeping their skills and education at the forefront of the group’s values.

Sarah LoudonFinance Officer

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 lifelong learning.

Claire Kingsnorth
Claire KingsnorthSecretary

Claire has been a dental nurse since 2004. She works at Royal Bolton Hospital in the oral and maxillofacial and orthodontic departments and is also a tutor and Internal Quality Assurance assessor at Delta Dental. Claire gained Fellowship with the BADN in 2019 and is on the BADN Panel of Representatives. Claire is the Secretary for the ONG and has been with the committee since 2020.

Emma Davies
Emma DaviesWebsite and social media

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

Tamiley Morris
Tamiley MorrisEditor

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.

Amy Howard
Amy HowardSponsorship Officer

Amy is the newest committee member to join the Orthodontic National Group. She has taken on the role of sponsorship officer. Amy recently qualified as an orthodontic therapist, having taken her RCS Eng exams in April. She thoroughly enjoyed her training and tuition at Leeds Dental Institute. She works at an independent orthodontic practice in Southampton. She has worked in dentistry for 22 years, with the last 7 years in orthodontics. She has lots of additional duty certificates including radiography, fluoride application and PAR scoring. Amy is looking forward to being an active member of the Orthodontic National Group and engaging with her fellow colleagues.

Claire Rooney
Claire RooneyPresident

Claire is a hospital Consultant and GDC registered Specialist in Orthodontics. Since 2013 Claire has exclusively practised orthodontics and undertook her orthodontic training at the University of Leeds where she was awarded an MSc in Research and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2017, as well as winning the British Orthodontic Society gold medal for her cases.

In addition to her clinical work, Claire is active in research and education. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, including a study on the impact of orthodontic therapists on outcomes. She is also the current West Yorkshire MCN chair where she advises on the local provision of orthodontic care.