Our congratulations go to Dr Derek J Maguire who was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on Friday 9 October 2020 for “Services to Dentistry and the Covid-19 Response”. Derek is a former pupil of RSD and is currently a member of the Board of Governors. He regularly helps out with the annual RSD Interviews skills programme for our UVI pupils.
Born and raised in Dungannon, he has worked in General Dental Practice for over 30 years, having qualified from Queen’s University Belfast in 1987. Derek runs a very successful dental group which includes eleven separate practices across Northern Ireland.
Dr Maguire is a Fellow of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (Royal College of Surgeons of England), a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow), a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh), and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.
Dr Maguire has been a Dental Adviser to the Health and Social Care Board for over nine years and it was in this capacity that he supported efforts to create Urgent Dental Care Centres across Northern Ireland at the height of the pandemic.