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​​Working for you: Impact Report 2017-2018

Working for you: Impact Report 2017-18 is a summary of what we have all achieved over the past year. It includes case studies on how we have supported individual members, alongside featuring ways we, and our members, are representing and promoting dentistry.


​​Getting UK dentistry the recognition it deserves


Susie SandersonDentistry is a profession that I am proud to be a member of.

Dentists work in many different settings across the UK, under different contractual arrangements and sometimes in very stressful environments.

Regardless of where we work, we take on huge responsibilities to patients, to colleagues and to other staff.

What binds us all together is our desire to uphold the highest
standards in clinical practice and to make the UK a world leader
in dentistry.


We share the ambition to make sure that our patients receive the best

care we can offer.


Susie Sanderson 

BDA President​​​​​




​Representing dentists 

Five key moments

Demanding a sustainable future for dentistry

Each year we use your evidence to fight for a fairer pay for associates, practice owners, community dentists (PDS in Scotland), and we call for pay parity for dental clinical academics. 

We work across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and provide evidence to the Governments on your behalf. 

We want an end to the public sector pay cap for doctors and dentists – we believe the continued decline in income for dentists is affecting not just the profession, but the access to care dentists can provide for patients.

Fighting red tape: GDPR and compliance

We believe patients and practitioners deserve an effective and efficient dental regulator and we are campaigning for 'right-touch' regulation (as outlined by the PSA): proportionate, consistent, targeted, transparent, accountable and agile.

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Championing patient care and access for all

We want to see a properly funded dental service, where patients can secure access regardless of their income or their postcode.

We’ve exposed how government policy has led to millions of low income and vulnerable patients turning away from NHS dentistry, thanks to an aggressive approach to fines for ‘misclaiming’ free care. 

Find out more

Not giving up on improving oral health

We know that failure to invest in prevention carries a multi-million-pound cost to this country and the health service.

We’ve continued working behind the scenes on oral health and are delighted this year to see a breakthrough in our call to expand the HPV vaccinations programme to boys, which will help fight the tide of rising oral cancer rates across the UK. 

Dentistry past, present and future

We continue to work to raise the profile of dentistry in the media and this year we supported the NHS70 birthday campaign, encouraging dentists to share their stories of dental treatment under the NHS.

Supporting you throughout your career

​​How we can support you​


Trade Union representation100 advice publicationsBDJ JobsCPD HubFinancial services Lloyd and WhyteAdvisory serviceInto practice appCareer talksEducation for the dental teamMediation and tribunal representationAssociate contract checkingProfessional development through conferences and eventsFree ilearn webcastsBDJ PublicationsLibraryTemplate policies (expert mmbers only)Employment tribunal representation How we support



​Bringing dentists together



​​What next?

Peter Ward, Chief Exec, BDA

We will keep representing your collective interests, whether in terms of contracts and pay or in important areas of health policy, and of course providing you with expert advice and representation at an individual level.


Looking forward we are committed to enhancing our local service offerings through branches and sections.


Providing holistic CPD solutions for dentists and their teams. 


Using technology to support our more traditional ways of engaging members, and investigating professional indemnity and the cost of its provision .


Thank you for your continuing support through your membership which

enables us to do all of these things for and with you.



Martin Woodrow

Acting Chief Executive, British Dental Associat​​ion



Find out more about the BDA's strategic direction