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New president is all smiles in dental role

Di Gould, Clinical Director of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust's Community Dental Service, has recently been elected president of the British Dental Association Community Dental Services Group.

Di has worked for community dental services in Gloucestershire for 35 years, starting work as a dental officer in Lydney on 1st January 1983.

She has remained in the county, working her way up to her current role as Clinical Director, where she manages the Trust's dental service. It provides dental care to people of Gloucestershire who are unable to access treatment from a general dental practitioner, including those with complex needs and those unable to leave their homes, as well as providing an urgent and out-of-hours service.

Throughout her career, Di has been an active member of the British Dental Association Community Dental Services (BDA CDS) Group — a group that is primarily concerned with the educational and support needs of community dentists and has a large role in networking and postgraduate education. She has been actively involved in the South West Division, sitting on local committees and organising courses.

"It was an honour to be asked," Di said about her appointment as president. 'I've spent my whole career in community dental services but to be voted in as president of the BDA CDS group by other members of the group was something I could never have expected. I was very proud to accept the role and hope I can do it justice."

Di is keen to promote dental work as a team effort, involving not only dentists but also therapists and nurses. Di's role throughout this year will be as an ambassador for the BDA CDS group. She will attend conferences and will visit many of the group's regional divisions across the UK and Northern Ireland. She certainly has her work cut out, having already accepted invitations to Birmingham, Belfast and Oxford in the coming months.

Di hopes that her role as president will help raise the profile of community dental services in general, as well as providing an opportunity to showcase the work of the Trust.

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