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Employed dentists overview

Advice for salaried members in the CDS/PDS, academia, armed forces, and other employed settings through our network of workplace accredited representatives (ARs).

Leave entitlements

This advice describes the contractual annual leave entitlement of dentists employed under the national terms and conditions for the Community Dental Service (CDS) in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and the Public Dental Service (PDS) in Scotland.

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Flexible working

This advice, which is relevant to all salaried members, provides information about the right to request flexible working, including who is eligible, how to apply, and the obligations on an employer receiving such a request.

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Job planning, appraisal and pay progression

This advice provides key information about job planning and appraisal and how these inform incremental pay progression for dentists working in the salaried dental services (community dental services and public dental services).

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Bullying and harassment at work

This advice sets out the options and support available if you are concerned about bullying / harassment at work. The support available from Employment Relations Officers (EROs) and Accredited Representatives (ARs) is also explained.

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Equality and diversity

This advice describes the legal protection in place in the UK and Northern Ireland against discrimination in employment to all workers (not just employees).

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Grievance procedures

This advice, which is relevant to all salaried members, provides general information about grievance procedures. Employers are obliged to have a grievance procedure in place and this must be made available in writing to employees.

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Maternity, adoption and family

This advice concerns the right to maternity / adoption leave and pay. Information about other forms of (paid and unpaid) family related leave is also included.

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Raising concerns

This advice, which is relevant to all salaried members, concerns the protection afforded to ‘whistle-blowers’ under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. The professional duty to raise concerns under the GDC Standards is also considered.

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This advice sets out the statutory rights of employees in a redundancy situation. The contractual redundancy rights of dentists employed on NHS terms and conditions are also explained.

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Sickness absence

This advice is relevant to any salaried dentist experiencing either short or long-term absence due to ill health.

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Our Employment Relations Officers provide members with expert support to help in case of a dispute with your employer. 

If you’re an employed member, we’ll be in your corner on the toughest days of your professional life.

As your trade union, we provide advice on:

  • Defence against grievance or bullying and harassment claims
  • Disciplinary proceedings
  • Capability proceedings
  • TUPE consultations
  • Redundancy and dismissals.

Get one-to-one representation and support when you need it.

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.

Hospital dentist members

As a BDA member in hospital you can take advantage of advice and support from the BMA. Request a log in from their employment advisors for further assistance on 0300 123 1233 to access their website, including the Dr Diary app

In difficult and distressing circumstances, it is so good to have someone who understands the issues, listens to what you want, offers advice, and then fights hard on your behalf. An absolutely professional and brilliant service, which I could not have done without.

Employed member


Meet the team

Martin Jones

Head of Employment Relations
and ERO for the SE and South

Alun McLean

ERO for Wales SW England
and West Midlands

David Paul

ERO for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Chris Burns

ERO for North of England

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Community dentistry

Community and special care dentists treat many of the most vulnerable patients in our society. This collection of articles from BDJ In Practice explores the particular challenges facing dentists caring for older patients, and those with special needs.
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