Training recently qualified dental graduates

Training at the practice

Carriage works – Lostwithiel Dental has been involved with training recently qualified dental graduates since 2011. In order for dentists to be able to provide NHS dental care in general practice they are required to have completed a 12 month supervised placement. This foundation year is similar to junior doctor’s  hospital training posts and ensures that they are able to put into practice their 5 years undergraduate training in an inspected and approved practice with an experienced and trained senior mentor.

Newly qualified dentists will join us with a wealth of new knowledge, skills and latest techniques that they have gained at dental school, this helps the dental team keep up to date on how they are being taught, new regulations and trends in the profession.

During this year with us the foundation dentist will provide the full range of routine care that would normally be expected of a general dental practitioner. They will also participate in audit, postgraduate training days away from the practice, case presentations, weekly tutorials and perform a number of observed treatments that are assessed by their mentor. These are essential to satisfy the educational programme that the graduates are suitably skilled, experienced and  safe to be able to work unsupervised after the successful completion of this year. Due to these requirements, the dental mentor may need to be present in the surgery to observe treatments or may sometimes be called in to oversee a procedure.

Some appointments may take a little longer than you anticipate. This additional time may be required so you will not feel rushed at your appointment and they will have plenty of time with you.

Finley Bason is the educational supervisor for the programme and sometimes may be required to leave his patients under the care of his dental assistant in his surgery to assist the foundation dentist.

We feel that it is really important to support new dentists in the start of their career and give them a working knowledge of how the NHS dentistry system works also where possible offering them a chance to grow their confidence in a supportive environment.

From September 2022 Jack Skelton will be joining Finley as a joint foundation dentist trainer.


Bailey Patterson-Broadhead, Foundation Dentist : September 2017-2018

Bailey Patterson-Broadhead

Foundation Dentist : September 2017-2018

Clare Beattie, Past foundation dentist : 2015-2016

Clare Beattie

Past foundation dentist : 2015-2016

Jitesh Patel, Past foundation dentist : 2014-2015

Jitesh Patel

Past foundation dentist : 2014-2015

Parag Shah, Past foundation dentist : 2013-2014

Parag Shah

Past foundation dentist : 2013-2014

Richard Michael, Past foundation dentist : 2012-2013

Richard Michael

Past foundation dentist : 2012-2013

Tom Bartley, Past foundation dentist : 2011-2012

Tom Bartley

Past foundation dentist : 2011-2012

Chris Yelland, Past foundation dentist : 2016-2017

Chris Yelland

Past foundation dentist : 2016-2017

Jack Skelton, Past Foundation Dentist 2018-2019

Jack Skelton BDS 2018

Past Foundation Dentist 2018-2019
GDC: 277577

Jen Ailes, Foundation Dentist 2019-2020Read more

Jen Ailes BDS 2019

Foundation Dentist 2019-2020
GDC: 283690

Having been born and brought up in Cornwall Jen has enjoyed being able to complete her dental training in the South West with Peninsula Dental School, graduating in 2019.  She enjoys working with people and creates a relaxed atmosphere for her patients.

Outside of work Jen enjoys spending time on the coast taking part in activities such as stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

Dental Nurses

Lucy Geal, Dental Nurse

Lucy Geal Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2022

Dental Nurse
GDC: 304702

Administration and Reception Team

Debbie Hickling, Dental ReceptionistRead more

Debbie Hickling

Dental Receptionist

I’m so pleased to join the amazing team at Carriageworks. I come from a Banking & Dental reception background- too many years to mention 😊 – now looking forward to sharing my passion for customer service with you all.
On a personal note – I live totally off grid in a cabin in woodland with my partner Lee & lots of lovely rescue animals – so we have Nubian goats – Ant & Dec, sheep – Thelma & Louise, mini Shetland pony, plus chickens & scary territorial geese! & Bea the lurcher.
Have 2 grown up daughters & a step-son who I’m so proud of.
Oh & I love to cook, especially cakes & walk Bea on our beautiful Cornish beaches with hopefully a pub & lunch at the end !

Nicola Braybrook, Dental Receptionist

Nicola Braybrook

Dental Receptionist

Lisa Pearce, Dental Receptionist

Lisa Pearce

Dental Receptionist