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Scottish Dental Practice Committee

Subject to the authority of the Principal Executive Committee, Scottish Dental Practice Committee represents all non-salaried general dental practitioners in Scotland practising in the NHS and/or privately; including orthodontists and assistants, working in Scotland.

What does Scottish Dental Practice Committee (SDPC) do?

SDPC’s role is to negotiate with NHS Boards, and the Scottish Government Directorate for Population Health and other appropriate bodies on matters relating to the delivery and remuneration of dental services provided by non-salaried general dental practitioners, including orthodontists and assistants, working in Scotland and to liaise with the General Dental Practice Committee and Scottish Council.


Policy Document

SDPC Policy Document Revised Sept 2018


SDPC Agenda & Reports

Agendas and meeting reports are available to download below for the Scottish Dental Practice Committee.  

SDPC Feb 2019 Agenda

SDPC Feb 2019 Report

SDPC May 2019 Agenda

SDPC May 2019 Report

SDPC Sept 2019 Agenda

SDPC Sept 2019 Report

Member updates

PSD Dental Clinical Team - Peer Review of Prior Approval Cases

Pay Uplift for Dentists in Scotland

The UK-wide Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) published its 47th Report on 23 July. The DDRB recommended a 2.5% net uplift for General Dental Practitioners. The UK Government accepted the 2.5% recommendation for dentists in England, and the BDA issued a press release calling on the Scottish Government to: accept the DDRB recommendation.  Scottish Government announced in August 2019 that the uplift would be 2.5 per cent for both pay and expenses which BDA Scotland notes does not take adequate account of the full cost of running a dental practice. The award will be made on 1 November 2019 and will be backdated to April 2019.

NHS NSS Dental Survey of GDPs/PSD

The e-Dental Programme Board has sponsored an initial survey to help understand what clinical information could be provided to General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) through access to Secondary Care Patient Health Data. The aim is to identify the potential future needs from Primary Care.


GDPs will be asked for their views on the following questions:

  • What access GDPs currently have to NHS Board or national clinical systems.
  • What information that could potentially be provided from Secondary Care would benefit GDPs during their treatment of patients.
  • Are there any specific considerations that should be taken into account to support the provision of Domiciliary Care.
  • How GDPs currently deal with information from the responses provided to referral from secondary care.

The survey deadline is 17:00hrs Friday 23rd August 2019.  Responses will be analysed and a report produced for the e-Dental Programme Board detailing the findings and recommendations.


Survey Link:


The e-Dental Discovery Survey is expected to take 10 minutes to complete.

HIS Seeking Dental Practice Inspectors

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is looking for Dental Practice Inspectors to join their independent healthcare regulatory team on a sessional basis, to help them register and inspect wholly private dental practices registered with HIS in Scotland.


HIS is looking for experienced dental practice inspectors who are familiar with the NHS Scotland dental practice inspection tools and process, which they follow.  HIS would particularly welcome applications from inspectors who can inspect sedation practices. HIS cover the whole of Scotland (including the islands), so applicants should be willing to travel.


Details of the role and how to apply are on the link below.


The portal code for the tender is below.


ITT code is itt_31142.


For an informal chat, please contact Avril Mackay, Programme Manager on 0131 314 1278 Ext 1278


The closing date for applications is 26 August 2019.

Scottish Government PCAs

Please see the attached memorandum to PCA(D)(2019)11 advising that as of 1 January 2020 Practitioner Services will only be able to accept electronic submissions of orthodontic payment claim forms and requests for prior approval. 

Memo Electronic Submission Orthodontic Payment Claim Forms and Prior Approval.pdf


The memorandum below advises of new arrangements for Quality Improvement (QI) activities undertaken by dentists for the forthcoming 3-year cycle 2019/22.

PCA(D)(2019)10 - Quality Improvement Activities - Future Arrangements for GDPs - Memorandum - 5 July 2019.pdf


The memorandum below advises of the new arrangements being introduced for the provision of enhanced skills in domiciliary care by domiciliary care dentists to care home residents.
PCA(D)(2019)9 - Dentists with Enhanced Skills in Domiciliary Care - Memorandum - 27 June 2019.pdf 


SDPC Working Groups

Work is currently on hold for these working groups until the outcomes of the Scottish Government Consultation - 'The Future of Oral Health' is known, especially about the Oral Health Risk Assessment and proposals to streamline item of service payments. Scottish Government will hold a Co-Design (Stakeholder Engagement) Event on 6 September 2019. The SDPC groups are listed below:

Review of the SDR - to look at changing the emphasis of current 'dental remuneration' SDR to a more preventative focussed system

The Development Programme for Adult Dental Services group is working towards addressing what the GDS service should be providing in terms of clinical care to adult dental patients in Scotland. 

SDPC Representatives

Grampian, Highland, Western Isles, Orkney and  Shetland

Vacant Seat
Vacant seat

Tayside, Fife and Forth Valley

Jeffrey Ellis, Coupar Angus (Executive Sub-Committee)
Vacant Seat

Lothian and Borders

Mark McCutcheon, Edinburgh 
John Davidson, Edinburgh

Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway

Donald Morrison, Kilmarnock
Gordon Stewart, Cumbernauld (Executive Sub-Committee)

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

David McColl, Glasgow (Chair)
Kenneth McDonald, Glasgow (Executive Sub-Committee)
Josephine Weir, Gourock

BDA Branch Representatives

North: Vacant seat
West - Jacqueline Frederick
East - Rachel Reid

Representatives of the Scottish Conference of Local Dental Committees

Judith Brady - Chair of LDC Conference
Lindsay Milton - Chair Elect of Conference
Clare Murphy - Conference Representative to SDPC  

Young Dentists Committee Representative

Vacant seat

Principal Executive Committee Members

Mick Armstrong, Chair of the PEC 
Eddie Crouch, Deputy Chair of the PEC
Derek Harper, Scottish Representative PEC Member (Executive Sub-Committee)

Observer Status - Scottish Orthodontic Specialist Group

Robert Irvine 

Observer Status - BMA Scottish General Practice Committee Representative

Michael Haughney

Meeting Dates 2020

Wednesday 12 February

Wednesday 20 May

Wednesday 9 September

All meetings are held at the BDA Scotland office, Forsyth House, Lomond Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK4 7TU at 13.30hrs

SDPC Constitution

SDPC Constitution Revision February 2018


BDA  Scotland Fees Guide 2019-20

BDA Scotland Fees Guide 2019-20 which takes effect on 1 November 2019 is now available to download. The document is produced as a service to BDA members. Although ever effort is made to ensure its accuracy, the BDA will not accept responsibility for any loss or damages that might result for any inaccuracies found within the guide.


Get in touch

For more information, please get in touch with the committee Secretary Nicola Kaya.