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.
Correspondence with Scottish Government Ministers and the CDO
Letter to Minister on
10 March and reply dated 14 April re issues affecting dentists across Scotland
Regular updates are provided via Coronavirus live updates.
Scotland: Update on PPE: Update on arrangements for PPE allocation in Scotland.
BDA Scotland is working closely with NHS National Services Scotland and regular updates are provided via the
Coronavirus live updates.
Scotland: Putting dentistry on the political agenda - How our oral health manifesto is shaping election debate and what else the next Scottish Government needs to do to bridge oral health inequalities.
Scotland: Putting PDS in the spotlight - Graham Smith, Chair of the Scottish PDS Committee, highlights the massive backlog of unmet dental need and the future capacity concerns.
Scotland: COVID-19 impacts dental education and training - What impact has the pandemic had on dental education and training in Scotland? Colin Levey of the University of Dundee investigates.
Scotland: Our ongoing fight for dentists - David McColl outlines 10 things BDA Scotland is doing on your behalf right now and why it’s vital that we stick together.
BDA Scotland Manifesto
BDA Scotland has now published its 2021 Manifesto: Bridging the Gap: Tackling Oral Health Inequalities and is calling on the incoming Scottish Parliament to pledge its support for a five-point plan for better oral health in Scotland:
Address the backlog of unmet dental care need
Promote prevention to help tackle oral health inequalities
Ensure NHS dentistry remains sustainable
Improve access for vulnerable groups
Integrate oral health with wider public health priorities.
The BDA is acutely aware of the growing impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having on your professional and personal lives. In light of this, BDA Scotland has been working with the Scottish Government to produce a
mental health and wellbeing resource for dentists and their teams across Scotland.
The compilation highlights guidance and wide support resources available for you as and when you may need it. It includes a range of UK-wide resources including the NHS Occupational Health Advice and Guidance Services which we secured, alongside the Scottish Dental Practice Committee, in 2018 to support dentists and their teams. The service is delivered through the NHS Boards.
The new resource has also been published on the
Please see our campaign Tackling stress in dentistry for more information.
Scottish Council Representatives
The Scottish Council members for 2018-2021 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
Graham Smith, Isle of Syke, Chair
Phil McCallum, Vice-Chair
Clinical Academic Reference Group
Simon Shepherd, Dundee Dental School
Representative of Scottish Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors
Young Dentist Committee Representative
One member of the Principal Executive Committee elected by members in Scotland
Laura Cross, Glasgow
Principal Executive Committee Members
Eddie Crouch, BDA PEC Chair
Peter Crooks, BDA PEC Deputy Chair