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The CCHDS considers and decides on policy stances including negotiating pay and contracts, and terms and conditions. It also works closely with the British Medical Association (BMA), which negotiates hospital contracts. The Committee has an Executive Sub-Committee, which consists of the Chair, Vice Chair and one elected representative each from Consultant, SAS, and Trainee members. The Committee fulfils the role of the Hospital Group, and therefore there is a position of Treasurer of the Group on the Executive.

Our priorities 

  • Advising on all matters relating to the provision, maintenance, and enhancement of an efficient, effective, and sufficiently remunerated hospital dental service
  • Encouraging future dental professionals into a long and rewarding career in hospital dentistry
  • Committing, alongside the BMA, to pay restoration for trainee and consultant hospital dentists including balloting members in response to the Government’s failure to respond to calls for sufficient pay uplifts
  • Providing career resources, such as organising the Annual Hospital Dental Services Study Day and Hospital Dental Service careers webinars and contributing to the annual Student’s Career Guide.

Our team

Interim Chair

Peter Dyer

Peter graduated in dentistry from the Royal Dental Hospital, London in 1979 during which time he was the president of the British Dental Students' Association and in medicine from University College Hospital, London in 1988. He completed his training as a senior registrar at the Royal London Hospital and was appointed consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in 1998 with a special interest in facial trauma, orthognathic surgery and oral medicine. He co-edited the Handbook of Immediate Care and has contributed chapters about dento-facial trauma in a number of textbooks. Peter worked as the medical director for the Trust and is now responsible for the appraisal and revalidation of the medical staff. He is a clinical senior lecturer in oral surgery at UCLan, teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates. He was President of the BDA in 2017-18 and the Chair of CCHDS from 2015-22. Peter is married to Vicky, a consultant in restorative dentistry and they have two children.
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Vice chair

Sheridan McDonald

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Get involved and get in touch

The CCHDS is supported by Stuart Abrahams, Senior Policy Adviser for Employed Dentists, who can be contacted via email: [email protected], and Eleanor Day, Committee Secretary who can be contacted via email: [email protected].

Queries specifically related to industrial action can be directed to [email protected]

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