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Employment relations

All members employed on national terms and conditions can access help for employment issues, regardless of which membership package they have chosen. This includes members in the community dental service, hospital dentists, those employed by dental schools, members working in the armed forces and a variety of employed roles within the NHS.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we answer your frequently asked questions on redeployment.


​Contact us


Tel: 0207 563 4582


We may record telephone conversations that are advisory in nature to offer you additional security, resolve complaints and improve our service standards. Conversations may also be monitored for staff training purposes. You will be alerted to this when you call.


​BMA Employment advice (Hospital dentists)

Tel: 0300 123 1233


The BMA supports BDA members working under hospital terms and conditions, call 0300 123 1233 if you are a hospital dentist seeking employment relations support.


Employment relations - BDA Accredited Representatives  ​

Employment relations - Bullying and harassment at work

Employment relations - Disciplinary and Capability procedures

Employment relations - Employment contracts

Employment relations - Equality and diversity

Employment relations - Flexible working

Employment relations - Grievance procedure

Employment relations - Indemnity and clinical representation

Employment relations - Job planning, appraisal and pay progression
Employment relations - Leave entitlements

Employment relations - Maternity adoption and family

Employment relations - Raising concerns
Employment relations - Redundancy

Employment relations - Sickness absence

Employment relations - TUPE

Employment relations - Unsocial hours working in the CDS (England)

​Local workplace reps

​We have a network of trained local workplace reps, called accredited reps (ARs) in the salaried service, and dental university accredited reps (DUARs) in universities. Your local AR or school rep may be able to help with your query and will refer appropriately any issue needing specialist support.

​Collective representation

​At a national level dentists working in the different areas of dentistry are represented by the committees for each country and craft group, such as the Welsh Committee for Community Dentistry; the Armed Forces Committee. Locally, salaried service and university dentists are represented on the staff side by the a workplace rep. Where there are particularly complex or contentious local issues (such as consultation on redundancy), an Employment Relations Officer may represent groups of members.​

​Terms and conditions of employment

​Community dental service dentists

Terms and conditions and model contract
Pay circulars
Terms and conditions
Pay circulars
Terms and conditions 
Pay circulars
Northern Ireland

Terms and conditions

Pay circulars 

Clinical academic dentists

Universities are independent organisations with the freedom to set terms and conditions for their staff, including dentists. Although clinical academics' terms and conditions are often based on the appropriate NHS terms and conditions, this is not always the case.






Northern Ireland