BSP Patient Forum

The Patient Forum, led by Professor Ian Needleman, is made up of a group of volunteers who regularly meet to share their experiences and ideas. The Forum was established in 2017 to give a voice to the community to help shape the future of gum health in the UK and to work with our Society.

Originally, meetings were held in London but we are delighted that the BSP Patient Forum has now been extended to Scotland.  and our member numbers continue to grow. Professor Shauna Culshaw kindly leads the meeting which take place in Scotalnd.


The work of the Patient Forum is highly valued by the BSP and greatly helps us in our mission to improve care, research and awareness about gum health.

Latest Patient Forum News

July 2020

As you will know, the BSP changed its Constitution at the Annual General Meeting on the 15 June 2020, when members voted unanimously in favour of including a representative from the Patient Forum on Council.

BSP Council recognise how privileged we are as a professional society to have a Patient Forum with so much energy and excellent ideas and one that is so supportive of the BSP and the mission to improve gum health in the UK.

We are excited to commence the process of appointing a representative and look forward to the opportunity for closer engagement. The BSP is an incredibly supportive team and will provide guidance and support to the successful candidate, as they find their feet in this new role.

A copy of the role description and application form can be obtained by contacting our Executive General Manager, Paula Dunn:
The closing date for applications is the 21st August.

March 2020

The Patient Forum had a successful meeting earlier this year in London. 

We were delighted to be joined by Mr Derek Stewart OBE, who is internationally recognised for his work as a patient advocate regarding throat cancer but also much wider across healthcare. Derek led a fantastic “Making your voice heard” session, allowing the members to hack into his extensive experience to help develop their skills and confidence in advocacy for gum health.You can read Derek's reflective blog about the meeting via this link:

Professor Needleman was grateful to the volunteers for their enthusiasm on the day and remarked, “I was struck by how fortunate we are to work with a Forum who are so committed to improving oral health and supporting the BSP. Derek Stewart’s training was hugely helpful in providing a structure that Forum members can use to promote periodontal health when lobbying for change”.

Unfortunately, the Patient Forum meeting planned in Glasgow at the end March had to be postponed due to Covid-19.