Senior Leadership Fellow & Speciality Doctor in Oral Surgery, Clinical Teacher in Oral Surgery
Asha Thomson has a portfolio career within dentistry and is keen to highlight both within the profession and through health and social care that dentistry is not just about ‘teeth’.
Asha has carried out her undergraduate and initial postgraduate training (VT and DCT1) in Scotland before pursuing further surgical training (DCT2) in East of England. Asha then went on to successfully complete her Clinical Leadership Fellowship with Health Education England (Midlands and East) and is co-founder and current chair of M&E Dental Leadership Alumnus.
Within her current Senior Leadership Fellow Role with NHS England, Asha leads on regional change within the dental profession and supports the Local Dental Network Chair within East Anglia on integrating the profession through projects and initiatives such as Improving recruitment and retention and Improving access to urgent dental care and oral health stabilisation in hard to reach areas. Asha has co-lead and delivered workshops relating to clinical leadership at conferences such as the ‘Trailblazer’ conference hosted by the North West Deanery and the ‘Leadership and Innovation’ work shop at Midlands and East Dental Showcase. She is also a keen presenter and has presented over 40 presentations at regional/national/international level. Asha believes that inter-professional education, leadership and resilience are vital in creating the next generation of future dental leaders who vision integration with the wider health and social care system. Within her formal teaching role with Kings College, London, Asha has wide experience in Oral Surgery teaching and assessment for undergraduate dental students and within her formal Speciality Doctor role at NNUH she has experience of postgraduate teaching and project development of OMFS dental trainees. Asha is currently leading and implementing,
with her co-founders from the Dental Leadership Collaborative, the first resilience programme in a dental undergraduate curriculum in 2020 and hopes to empower and motivate the current and future generation of dentists.