Bernie Speculand, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, has been elected as the new Chair of the British Dental Association’s Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services (CCHDS) for the 2012/14 triennium. He had been vice-Chair of CCHDS in the last triennium.
Mr Speculand is a consultant at University Hospital Birmingham. He also holds consultant posts at Birmingham Dental Hospital and at City Hospital. His clinical interests are TMJ surgery, including joint replacement surgery, maxillofacial trauma, salivary gland disorders and dental implant surgery.
Thanking CCHDS members for electing him to the office of Chair, Mr Speculand, said:
“It is a great honour to be elected Chair of the Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services. The profession is currently facing significant challenges, not least the uncertainty surrounding the implementation of the new Health and Social Care Act, the erosion of pensions and critically, a reduction in NHS funding.
“We have yet to see the full impact these changes will have on our ability to deliver hospital dental services to the high standard our patients deserve. The new committee will have to resolve how best to accommodate these changes in the interest of the profession and patients alike.”
Mr Speculand qualified in dentistry in 1971. In his spare time he enjoys running, skiing, and windsurfing. He also enjoys foreign languages, including French and Italian.
The new chair of CCHDS will be supported by Bill Ipp, the newly-elected Vice Chair. Bill Ipp is consultant orthodontist at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals.
The Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services deals with all matters affecting those engaged in hospital and consultant led NHS and private dental practice.