Cleft lip and palate
QVH hosts clinics on behalf of the South Thames cleft lip and palate service provided by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
This provides specialist services for children and adults with this condition. Treatment and care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team including orthodontists and dentists with specialist nurses and speech and language therapists.
Mr Alex Cash
Specialist interests: Management of adult and child routine and complex orthodontics cases including cleft lip and palate and jaw disproportion.
Mr Cash is the lead orthodontic consultant for cleft in South East England and currently the clinical director and head of service for the cleft team. He works both at QVH and in London at St. Thomas’, the central hub for the South Thames Cleft Service.
He took his first posts in paediatric dentistry, orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery after graduating from Guy’s Dental Hospital in 1993. Before specialising in orthodontics, he continued his general professional training and postgraduate education with further experience in a busy London dental practice and excellent surgical experience at the Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading and St. George’s Hospital in London.
Alex completed his specialist orthodontic training in the centres at Guy’s, Kingston and QVH, presenting a biomaterials thesis as part of his Masters in 2000. Alex was appointed consultant orthodontist at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ and QVH in 2003 where he enjoys the teaching of both postgraduates and undergraduates.
He chairs the South East Regional Orthodontic and the South Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Audit Groups and sits on British Orthodontic Society committees and is a past chairman of the Training Grades Group of the British Orthodontic Society. He has supervised many postgraduate MSc theses and several PhD theses as well.
Alex is a past chairman of the South East Regional Orthodontic and the South Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Outcome and Audit Groups and represented his peers when chairman of the Training Grades Group of the British Orthodontic Society. He works for his specialist society and sits on British Orthodontic Society committees.
Alex’s areas of specialist clinical interest are in the management of both routine orthodontic cases as well as more complex facial anomalies including cleft lip and palate and jaw disproportion. He works closely with his maxillofacial and plastic surgery colleagues and also with local general and specialist practitioners in all areas of paediatric and adult orthodontics.
Feedback shows that his patients are “completely satisfied” with his care and results.
Alex’s patient feedback, Jun 13 – Oct 14 (10 cases):
Glad had treatment: 100%
Teeth as straight as expected: 100%
Longer than expected: 20%
Completely satisfied: 100%
Sufficient information: 100%