Publish date: 22 June 2023

Dr Clare Ledingham, Specialist in Community Paedatric Dentistry based at Old Swan Community Dental Clinic is retiring.

Clare started working for the Community Dental Service in 2005. Where she jointly led the Paediatric Referral Service alongside Hania Harte. Hania retired several years ago. The service has worked out of Old Swan then Hartington Road, when it was a hands on Dental clinic, more recently it moved back to Old Swan Health Centre.

Clare has been involved in many services relating to Paediatric Dentistry, to name but a few:

  • General Anaesthetic for children needing extractions, alongside several of our dentists, which is based in Whiston hospital
  • Undertaking dental treatment on children requiring specialist or expert care; some requiring happy air sedation or children needing lots of TLC
  • She is also very involved in many services external to the trust relating to Dentistry.

Dr Clare Ledingham qualified from Bristol Dental School and completed her Masters in Paediatric Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital and her PhD at Liverpool University Dental School.

She is the inaugural Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Paediatric Dentistry Managed Clinical Network. Clare is also the Honorary National Secretary of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry and was part of the NHS England steering group for the development of the Commissioning Standard for Paediatric Dentistry. She also a represents BSPD on the PHE Child Oral Health Improvement Programme Board.

Her team will miss her as she retires but also wish her all the very best as she moves on to the next chapter of her life with her family.