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Minister visits Eastman

24 November 2004

The Minister of State for Health with responsibility for dentistry, Ms Rosie Winterton visited the Eastman Dental Institute in November 2004.

Ms Rosie Winterton with an IQE candidate Ms Winterton was accompanied by Professor Raman Bedi, Chief Dental Officer. Both attended a jobs fair at the Eastman for dentists who have successfully completed the International Qualifying Examination (IQE).

Professor Raman Bedi and Mr Geoff Dunk with IQE candidates

The IQE tests the knowledge and skills of dentists who wish to practice in the United Kingdom but whose qualifications are not recognised for full registration by the General Dental Council (GDC). As part of a recent initiative supported by the Department of Health, the Eastman has organised several diets of the IQE examinations in order to clear the backlog of candidates wishing to sit the examination.

Mr Geoff Dunk, Director of Administration at the Eastman said: "The minister met with many IQE candidates who complimented the quality of the training and revision courses offered by the Eastman. The jobs fair highlighted awareness of NHS vacancies in the United Kingdom for these candidates, matching newly qualified candidates with job opportunities. In addition to helping to increase the dental workforce in the United Kingdom, we have also generated additional income for the Eastman which is contributing towards our savings target."

Images: Top - Ms Rosie Winterton with an IQE candidate. Bottom - Professor Raman Bedi and Mr Geoff Dunk with IQE candidates.

To find out more about the Eastman use the link below.

Link: Eastman Dental Institute