The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) have announced today that they have set up a new Patient Panel to input into issues that concern patients.

To start, there will be three members of the panel, Professor Tim Newton from King’s College London Dental Institute, Anna Lambert, editor of The Probe and myself!  I’m delighted to be part of this panel and look forward to working with Tim, Anna and the team from BOS.

The full press release is copied below:

The purpose of the BOS Patient Panel is to gain objective input from patients, who have an interest in healthcare and orthodontics, to enhance the quality of BOS’s patient-facing communications.  It will strengthen the BOS charitable remit by providing information that has been considered by patients.

  • Neil Hillyard created and writes for the popular blog which publishes articles for adults considering and undertaking orthodontic treatment. The site is non-commercial and read by both patients and dental professionals. It contains a wide variety of articles that seek to raise awareness of the full range of orthodontic treatment options available.  Neil recently undertook dual arch fixed appliance treatment as an adult.
  • Tim Newton is Professor of Psychology as Applied to Dentistry at King’s College London Dental Institute. Tim has worked in the behavioural sciences in relation to dentistry for over 20 years, and his particular interests include the management of dental anxiety, the working life of the dental team and patients’ perceptions of treatment. He regularly supports the work of BOS and with a son currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, has an added interest in creating readable and helpful information for parents.
  • With a background in arts and consumer journalism, Anna Lambert has had a steep learning curve since taking on editorship of The Probe two years ago. She is the mother of daughters aged 12 and 14, with the elder currently in the middle of NHS ortho treatment (and wearing her braces with pride!).

Welcoming the new panel, President Alison Murray said: “We really value the views of this new panel.  We know it will enhance our patient-facing communications.”