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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


Nadia Ahmed 

Nadia was elected as Chair of CCHDS in February 2022 and has been on the committee since 2018, previously serving as the Executive SAS representative. She has experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Radiology and Paediatric Dentistry, carrying out her StR training in Leeds and gaining her MOrth from the Royal College of Surgeons England alongside undertaking MSc research in autotransplantation of teeth.  Nadia has completed post CCST training which led to a Fellowship in Orthodontics. Nadia currently works part time in the Hospital service in a Locum Consultant post and part time in Specialist Orthodontic practice.
Vice chair

Sheridan McDonald

Other Committee Members:

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]

Developing your skills

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