Who are the team?


Primary Care

The team involved in your care will be quite large. Your primary treatment may involve Surgeons (surgical procedures) and Oncologists (radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy) from various specialities including Maxillofacial, Ear Nose and Throat, Plastics and Neurosurgery.

Secondary Care

The secondary care will involve specialist Nurses on the ward you were treated on and also the outpatient clinic staff. You should be introduced to your Maxillofacial Prosthetist at this stage to discuss your rehabilitation.


Most Maxillofacial Prosthetists are based in specialist regional units. The work involves both clinical and scientific laboratory based work so they will be attached to an outpatient clinic. These are usually within the Maxillofacial and Oral surgery clinics as we work closely with our surgical colleagues. You may find this strange if you are attending for a procedure involving another part of your body not your mouth. Please don’t feel uncomfortable; the clinic staff are very used to our patients.

Maxillofacial Prosthetists

There are different levels of staff with different titles that reflect the experience and seniority they have within the department. They may have titles that reflect a particular specialist area of rehabilitation but most will be preceded by one of these titles:

  • Consultant Maxillofacial Prosthetist - Most senior staff member with a broad spectrum of experience, holding management responsibility over specialists and the department

  • Principal Maxillofacial Prosthetist - Very experienced staff member with a wide area of expertise, sometimes given responsibility for a particular specialist area of rehabilitation

  • Practioner Maxillofacial Prosthetist - Experienced member of staff who has completed extensive training to achieve the level required to treat patients requiring varied rehabilitation

  • Trainee Maxillofacial Prosthetist - This level of experienced could be very varied. The staff member will only be allowed to work with patients when supervised



Specialist Areas of Work

Maxillofacial Prosthetics is a specialty that is very broad in its expertise. Most units provide a core of specialist skills such as: