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Scotland 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?

Scottish Council Member Updates

Scottish Government Oral Health Improvement Plan

At a meeting between the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Scottish Dental Practice Committee (SDPC), BDA Scotland and Scottish Government on 6 December 2018, progress with the OHIP was discussed and the BDA sought clarity around priorities, timescales and BDA involvement. Scottish Government plans to implement the actions over several phases but has no definite timescales in place.

The first meeting of the Scottish Government GDPs with Enhanced Skills in Domiciliary Care Implementation Group was held on 13 December 2018. The Chair of SDPC attended the meeting.

Meeting with the Minister for Public Health, Sport & Wellbeing

Representatives from the BDA’s Scottish Council met with J FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport & Wellbeing at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 21 November 2018. The main items discussed were: the Scottish Government’s Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP), including OHIP proposals around domiciliary care; water fluoridation; dentists’ pay and morale; extended waiting times for paediatric extractions under general anaesthetic across a number of NHS Boards; IT strategy; and the introduction of an HPV vaccination programme for boys.

BDA Scotland Oral Cancer Action Plan and Scottish Parliament event

BDA Scotland launched its Oral Cancer Action Plan on 13 November at its 'Stand Up to Oral Cancer' event at the Scottish Parliament. The Plan reviews the key trends in oral cancer, including incidence, mortality and estimated costs, and is structured around three key themes: prevention, early detection and joined-up services. It also contains a number of recommendations for Scottish Government and NHS Boards. There was considerable press, tv and radio coverage of the launch, in particular concerns about the proposal to extend the dental check recall interval for "low-risk" patients.


Around 50 people attended the Parliament event, including Government Ministers and other MSPs, dentists, representatives from other professions, health organisations, Royal Colleges and cancer charities, and several oral cancer survivors. Anas Sarwar MSP sponsored the event, and recently tabled a motion on oral cancer (drafted by the BDA) in the Scottish Parliament. The event comprised a series of short presentations (including a survivor's personal story) followed by an interactive session that mirrored the Action Plan themes. Informal feedback indicates that attendees found it a useful and informative event, and a good networking opportunity

HPV Vaccine for boys in Scotland

Scottish Government has announced it will implement a HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination programme for boys following a report from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. Although Scottish Government has confirmed that it aims to implement the programme as soon as possible, BDA Scotland is urging the Government to set out clear timescales for implementation and include a catch-up programme for all boys of appropriate age.

General Dental Council

The Chair of Scottish Council, the Chair of Scottish Dental Practice Committee and the BDA National Director met with T Scott, GDC Director, Fitness to Practice and I Jackson, GDC Scottish Director on 7 November to discuss the latest GDC Fitness to Practice performance and other issues. BDA Scotland subsequently published a blog about the meeting.

Scottish Obesity Alliance

The Scottish Obesity Alliance launched its Manifesto on Wednesday 5 December 2018. The Alliance is a forum for organisations to collaborate to influence policy and practice on obesity prevention in Scotland and works to influence the Scottish and UK Governments policy on overweight and obesity. Scottish Council agreed to join the Alliance. 

BDA Honours and Awards

The closing date for the next round of BDA Honours and Awards applications is 31 May 2019.

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
Gerard Boyle, Glasgow, Vice-Chair
John Glen, Cowdenbeath


Scottish Hospital Dentists Reference Group

Manar Elkhazindar, Inverness
Laura Cross, Glasgow


SPDSC Representatives

Graham Smith, Isle of Syke, Chair
Kate Wiseman, Glasgow. Vice-Chair


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

Derek Harper, Kirkcaldy

Principal Executive Committee Members

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


Voting members

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

The Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Scottish Committee for Hospital Dental Services, 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.


Five voting members

Meeting dates 2019

  • 21 March 2019 at the BDA Scotland office
  • 15 August 2019 at the BDA Scotland office
  • 12 December 2019 at the BDA Scotland office

Agendas and reports for previous meetings of Scottish Council:

Get in touch

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