Irene Black graduated from Glasgow University in 1980, gained her Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners in 1999 and the Certificate in Effective Dental Management in 2005.
Along with her husband she has owned and worked in an NHS Dental Practice in Eaglesham for 36 years.
Irene has been a Dental Practice Adviser in Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board for 13 years as well as working for NHS Education for the last 10. Her interest in education developed during nine years as a Vocational Trainer.
Her role as an Assistant Director for NHS Education began with the remit for Infection Control and Decontamination and she is now part of the NES Clinical Effectiveness team with the wider remit for patient safety. Irene’s role currently includes a secondment to Healthcare Improvement Scotland as the National Clinical Lead for Dentistry as part of the Primary Care Scottish Patient Safety Programme. This has involved a setting and supporting a dental collaborative involving three Health Boards and 14 dental practices, using Quality Improvement Methodology in a dental setting.
In my spare time, Irene enjoys cooking, holidays and going to the theatre. She is part of a book group which combines critical reading with an element of advanced wine tasting. To maintain a balanced lifestyle, these activities are counteracted by cycling, pilates and going to the gym.