Saving Faces Patron Jonathan Pryce receives Knighthood

All of us at Saving Faces are incredibly proud that Patron Jonathan Pryce has been awarded a Knighthood for services to Drama and Charity by Her Majesty the Queen.

Jonathan Pryce is known for his performances on stage and screen, recently being nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Pope Francis in the Netflix film The Two Popes. He has received many accolades including Olivier and Tony Awards and has recently won the Actor award at BAFTA Cymru.

Sir Jonathan Pryce OBE with Saving Faces Founder and
Chief Executive Professor Iain Hutchison

On screen he has starred in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and Game of Thrones as The High Sparrow and on stage has appeared in Macbeth, King Leer and Glengarry Glen Ross. He will portray Prince Philip in the final two series of The Crown. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.

In response to his Knighthood he stated “After almost 50 years as an actor I am proud to think that the work and ideals that I have shared with my friends and colleagues is being honoured in this way.”


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Our Chief Executive, Professor Iain Hutchison, on mortality

“All these people live on in our memories”

Our Chief Executive, Professor Iain Hutchison, featured in episode 4 of the podcast ‘Prix Pictet: A Lens on Sustainability’ entitled Mortality.


Henry de L (VIII)
Oil on canvas
Painting size: 16×14″
Painting by Mark Gilbert
Featured in the e-book for the podcast

The Prix Pictet was founded by the Pictet Group in 2008. Today the award is recognised as the world’s leading prize for photograph.

This episode of the podcast explores how photography helps us process our own mortality and remember those who are gone.

Professor Hutchison spoke to Saving Faces’ Patron Julia Hobsbawn OBE and journalist Kirsty Lang about his experiences of mortality. 

You can listen to the podcast here.

An e-book also accompanied the episode which features paintings by Mark Gilbert from the Saving Faces Art Project.

You can read the e-book here.

Saving Faces’ Patron Jonathan Pryce wins Actor award at BAFTA Cymru


Many congratulations to our Patron Jonathan Pryce for winning the Actor award at BAFTA Cymru for his role as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio / Pope Francis in The Two Popes!

The Two Popes is available to watch on Netflix and you can view the full trailer here.


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Geoff Chiu completed the Boundary Park Triathlon and Hever Castle Triathlon for Saving Faces!

Updated on 29th October 2020

Mr Geoff Chiu, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon,​ ​has completed two triathlons in two weeks to raise funds for Saving Faces!

Due to the cancellations on the Chateau Chantilly Triathlon and the Tour De Manchester, Mr Chiu took part in the Boundary Park Triathlon on the 13th September 2020 and the Hever Castle Triathlon on the 26th September 2020.

​In both events, Mr Chiu found the run the most difficult part. ​He had to swim in waters as low as 12 degrees at Hever Castle, which resulted in the swim being cut short from 1.5km to 800m.

Even though ​the events were both challenging he enjoyed his time in two beautiful countryside’s.

With all his hard work and determination, Mr Chiu completed the Boundary Park Triathlon (1km Swim, 55km Cycle, 10km Run) in 3 hrs 19mins and Hever Castle Triathlon (800m Swim, 40km cycle, 10km run) in 2hrs 47mins.

​We are incredibly grateful to Mr Chiu ​for taking on these challenges and to his supporters for giving generously. The total amount raised ​so far is over £500.

If you would like to help Saving Faces with raising essential funds, please visit our fundraising page.


Original post 7th July 2020

Geoff Chiu will be completing the Hever Castle Triathlon on the 27th September for Saving Faces. The Triathlon consists of a 1.5km swim, a 45km cycle and a 10km run.

Geoff is a Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust and Royal Bolton Hospital and looks after the faces and jaws of people in East Lancashire and Bolton.

Geoff has chosen to raise money for Saving Faces because of our research into enhancing patient care and recovery for patients who have had surgery to their face and mouth.

You can sponsor Geoff here.

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New publication shows uncertainty over the best way to treat wisdom tooth infection

Breaking news: A survey of 289 UK surgeons, led by Mr Geoff Chiu and conducted by Saving Faces and British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS)  through their partnership in the National Facial Oral and Oculoplastic Centre (NFORC), illustrates the uncertainty over the best way to treat wisdom tooth infection and recommends further research. The results are now published in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

When there is no room in the jaw for a wisdom tooth to grow normally, it usually emerges at an angle or gets stuck.  These impacted wisdom teeth often become infected, damage adjacent teeth or cause other dental problems. As many of you probably know, these wisdom tooth problems are often very painful for the patient. Sometimes X-rays and scans show that the root of the infected tooth is very close to a nerve and needs to be treated with extra care, as there is a risk of permanent lip numbness if the nerve is damaged during the procedure. These are high-risk cases.

At least two vastly different methods can be recommended for the same patient depending on the surgeon they see.

The surgeon could take out the entire tooth including its roots. This is known as complete surgical removal. An alternative operation called coronectomy is available for the 1 in 5 patients who are at risk of nerve damage. This involves removing the visible part of the tooth while leaving the roots in the gum.

The publication concludes that coronectomy may prevent permanent nerve damage in high-risk cases, however there is a gap in evidence and knowledge to support coronectomy. This shows uncertainty over the best way to treat high-risk cases. As a result, further studies are needed to determine the effectiveness and safety of coronectomy.

Fortunately, NFORC is on the case. In partnership with Mr Geoff Chiu, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Professor Paul Coulthard, Dean for Dentistry and Director at the Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, we will be carrying out further research on 4,000 patients to find out which procedure (complete surgical removal or coronectomy) benefits patients more and which have more complications.

We would like to thank Ahmed Omran, who first proposed the research, Geoff Chiu, Amrita Bose, Roberta Maroni (our very helpful statistician), Jagtar Dhanda, Douglas Hammond, Clare Moynihan, Antonio Ciniglio and the reviewers who have dedicated their time and efforts for the successful publication of this paper.

The current perspectives of the surgical management of mandibular third molars: the need for further research” is now published in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, which you can read here.

Christmas Carols 2019

Thank you to all our supporters and friends – old and new – who attended this year’s Christmas Carols on Wednesday 18th December 2019, making it one of our most attended event.

We hope everyone enjoyed the festive evening and the beautiful music provided by the Chelsea Opera Group and their Director, Lindsay Bramley.

We are very grateful to the choir and the staff at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great for hosting the carols at their stunning church.

BAOMS Chair Patrick Magennis comments on the SEND publication in The OTJ Journal November 2019 issue

“This open access paper funded by charity Saving Faces and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is ground-breaking. OMFS cancer surgeons from all over the UK were involved in the study, and British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) is proud that this research was completed and published.

The study was possible because of a unique collaboration between 68 UK-based surgeons treating 614 patients at 27 UK hospitals. The research compared leaving or taking out neck glands that did not have obvious secondary cancers at the same time as removing the patient’s small mouth cancer. OMFS know that between 20 and 30 in every 100 patients with small mouth cancers have tiny microscopic cancer deposits in their neck glands that can’t be picked up by any scanners. Now OMFS have the evidence about the risks and benefits of removing the neck glands in early mouth cancer. This information will help patients participate in decisions about their treatment.

To mis-quote John F Kennedy in this the 50th anniversary year of the moon landings, OMFS surgeons want to do randomised surgical trials ‘not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone’.

This paper is a credit to all involved.”

– Patrick Magennis, British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) Chair and Saving Faces Deputy Chair of Trustees

Click here to read more about the SEND paper.

Click here to read the full November 2019 issue of The Operating Theatre Journal.