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Scottish Council

The Scottish Council is the overarching committee in Scotland consisting of representatives from the Scottish ‘craft committees’ which advises the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC) on all matters relating to dentistry in Scotland, and liaises with BDA branches and sections.

What does the Scottish Council do?

The Scottish Council considers all matters relating to dentistry, excepting those issues covered by the granting of delegated powers to the Scottish Dental Practice Committee and the Scottish Public Dental Services Committee, and to deal with all such matters in conformity with the decisions of the Principal Executive Committee. 

Member Updates

Scottish Council: 12 December 2019

BDA Scottish Council met on 12 December. Tom Scott (GDC Director, Fitness to Practice) gave a presentation on improvements GDC had made to its processes and the latest FtP performance. Members noted that the main FtP timeliness KPIs remained well below target and discussed how the GDC could communicate its more "upstream" approach to the profession.

Members also discussed: 

  • progress with the Oral Health Improvement Plan, including the planned "new model of care" for adult NHS dentistry and local resolution of low-level concerns, 
  • recent Parliamentary Questions asked on the BDA's behalf on the HPV vaccination programme for boys, 
  • the recent FOI request to NHS Boards on waiting times for paediatric extractions under general anaesthetic, 
  • discussion topics for the meeting between Scottish Council representatives and the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing in January. 
Council agreed that care of the elderly should be a major focus for BDA Scotland in 2020 – this will feed in to the UK-wide review.

The Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Scottish Committees had their annual dinner on 11 December. Guests included Chief Dental Officer Tom Ferris, Roz McMullan (BDA President), Eddie Crouch (Vice Chair, PEC) and Martin Woodrow (BDA Acting Chief Executive).

Scottish Council will next meet on 19 March 2020.

Scottish Government Oral Health Improvement Plan

BDA Scotland representatives attended the Scottish Government Co-Design event on 6 September 2019 to discuss proposals for the 'new model of care' which would involve the introduction of an Oral Health Risk Assessment (OHRA), a review the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR) and related OHIP actions. This will be the next phase in the Government's OHIP. Scottish Government has set up an OHRA design group and a group which will review the SDR; the BDA will be represented on both groups.  A third group which will consider financial issues has yet to be established.

The Scottish Dental Practice Committee has convened a working group (including representation from the Scottish Public Dental Service Committee) to build on its previous work on developing an OHRA and reviewing the SDR to ensure the BDA is contributing proactively and constructively to the new arrangements.


Paediatric Extractions under General Anaesthetic

BDA Scotland has longstanding concerns about lengthy waiting times of paediatric extractions under general anaesthetic in some NHS Boards. 

BDA Scotland issued a Freedom of Information request to all NHS Boards in December to request details about the scale of the problem in their areas. The data will be used to establish a robust evidence base, to raise the issue at a national level and to call for urgent action to tackle lengthy waiting times. 

This issue will be discussed with the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing at a meeting to be held on 4 March 2020.

HPV Vaccine for Boys in Scotland 

In August, Scottish Government formally informed NHS Boards that the HPV vaccination programme would be offered to boys in S1 during the 2019/20 academic year. BDA Scotland welcomed the announcement but has called on Scottish Government to introduce a catch-up programme for older boys. Unfortunately, Scottish Government along with the other UK administrations have decided not to offer this.

A number of Parliamentary Questions were asked on the BDA's behalf on the HPV vaccination programme at the end of last year and this matter will be raised at a meeting with J FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing on 4 March 2020.


Future Leaders Fellowship Programme

As part of the OHIP (Action 32), Scottish Government will commission NHS Education for Scotland to develop a General Dental Practitioner Fellowship Programme to enhance clinical skills, develop quality improvement skills and support remote and rural working. 

It is proposed that this will be a one-year Clinical Leadership Programme with posts offered on a part-time basis. The programme will be aimed at experienced clinicians who have worked in general dental practice for a minimum of five years (WTE).  

The closing date for applications is 9 March 2020 and interviews will be held on 31 March 2020.  Please contact Irene Black  

BDA Scotland Survey of Dentists in Scotland – Summary Report

BDA Scotland recently sought the views of dentists working in Scotland on a number of issues, the results of which can be read here: BDA Scotland 2019 survey summary report



Final response - Ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people.pdf



Scottish Council Representatives

The Scottish Council members for 2018-2020 are:


East Branch representatives

Nick Baker, Edinburgh
Colwyn Jones, Edinburgh


North Branch representatives
Robert Donald, Nairn, Chair of Scottish Council
Carly Fraser, Aberdeen


West Branch representatives

David Cross, Glasgow, Vice-Chair of Scottish Council
Robin MacDougall, Glasgow


Scottish Dental Practice Committee representatives

David McColl, Glasgow, Chair
Kenneth McDonald, Glasgow

Gordon Stewart, Glasgow


Scottish Hospital Dentists Reference Group

Manar Elkhazindar, Inverness

SPDSC Representatives

Graham Smith, Isle of Syke, Chair
Vice Chair to be confirmed


Clinical Academic Reference Group

Simon Shepherd, Dundee Dental School


Representative of Scottish Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors

John Hoayun

Young Dentist Committee Representative

Hamzah Ahmed


One member of the Principal Executive Committee elected by members in Scotland

Laura Cross, Glasgow

Principal Executive Committee Members

Mick Armstong, Chair of the PEC 
Eddie Crouch, Deputy Chair of the PEC

Meeting dates 2020

  • 19 March 2020 at the BDA Scotland office
  • 20 August 2020 at the BDA Scotland office
  • 10 December 2020 at the BDA Scotland office

Scottish Council Constitution   


To consider all matters relating to dentistry, excepting those issues covered by the granting of delegated powers to the Scottish Dental Practice Committee and the Scottish Public Dental Service Committee, and to deal with all such matters in conformity with the decisions of the Principal Executive Committee.




Voting members

Three members from each of the three BDA Scottish Branches directly elected by members.


The Co-Leads of the Scottish Hospital Dentists Reference Group, the Scottish Dental Practice Committee and the Scottish Public Dental Service Committee (provided that they are members of the Association). Should the Chair and Vice Chair from any of these committees not be a BDA member, those committees can elect a BDA member to represent the committee on Scottish Council from its voting members.

In the case of the Scottish Dental Practice Committee a member would be elected from their Executive Sub-Committee.


One representative of the Central Committee for Dental Academic Staff and one further member elected by the Scottish Dental Practice Committee.

Non-voting members

The Chair and Deputy Chair of the Principal Executive Committee.


One member of the Principal Executive Committee elected from Scotland.


One representative from the Young Dentists Committee.


One representative of the Scottish Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors  from the Scottish Committee for Hospital Dental Services.


Up to two co-opted members as and when required.


Should a Scottish Council member not attend for two consecutive meetings, taking into account the individual circumstances of the member, it will be at the discretion of the committee whether the member will continue to be a Scottish Council member.

Quorum: Five voting members


Get in touch

For more information, please get in touch with the committee Secretary Elaine Bruce: