Career Breaks

Travel guides and passport
  • Are you taking a break from dentistry?
  • Are you planning a break from dentistry?
  • Do you want to get back into dentistry after a break?

What are the problems with taking a break or returning after a break

  • Lack of confidence
  • Skill fade
  • Lack of contacts and networks
  • No VT number to get a Performer List number
  • Lack of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to satisfy GDC requirements

Where to go for help

Christine Osborne is the HEE LaSE Clinical Advisor who is your first point of contact. A GDP since qualifying in 1980, she has her own single-handed practice in West Byfleet in Surrey. She is past chairwoman of Women in Dentistry, has held a number of committee posts in the South West Thames division FGDP (UK) including Director and is currently Diploma Tutor. Her dental interests are in education and training for the whole dental team.

Christine can offer advice about suitable CPD to maintain contact with dentistry while on a break and help dentists who wish to return to plan a smooth transition back to practice.

Keeping In Touch

Her role is to liaise with dentists who are taking a career break or who are planning a break. There is no longer a Department of Health funded “Keeping in Touch Scheme” (KITS). However HEE LaSE  is committed to training for the whole team and there are many suitable courses available in the HEE LaSE Courses programme which are suitable for dentists returning to practice.

Getting Back To Practice Training

Following a meeting with Christine to produce a Personal Development Plan (PDP), you can plan your return to work. She can give you advice about suitable training to help you return to work safely and with confidence.

It has become obvious that the lack of contacts and professional networks can be a major problem for many who have taken a break. She will be the starting point for dentists who have lost these contacts.

How to make contact?

Please contact us at and your details will be passed on to Christine Osborne.