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Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services

The Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services (CCHDS) is a craft committee of the BDA. It is concerned with all matters that affect dental staff working in hospitals on dental and medical terms and conditions across the UK (Consultants/SAS/Dentists in Training). It advises the BDA and its other committees on all matters relating to the provision, maintenance and enhancement of efficient, effective and economical hospital dental services.

The committee has changed its remit slightly for 2022 and will have an even spread of representatives from across the three hospital grades; Consultant, SAS dentists and dentists in training with representation from across the UK. Over the COVID pandemic the committee has worked hard to ensure that dentists across the UK have been supported.


  • In 2020 the CCHDS agreed with NHS Employers for a light-touch appraisal for all employed dentists to ensure that health and wellbeing could be supported as an onerous appraisal system would be an additional stress on an overstretched workforce
  • In 2020/2021 the CCHDS has been involved in discussions in Northern Ireland around DCT pay. The committee has met with the Department of Health, and written to the Minister of Health to try and address the issue.
  • In 2021 the CCHDS was involved in the negotiations around the two new SAS contracts. More information about the negotiations is available on the BMA website and below.


DCT poster competition

The CCHDS is holding a virtual poster competition this year for BDA members. The deadline for submission was 22 October 2021. Posters were accepted based on their abstracts, and all entrants were notified, if their abstract had been selected, to progress to the poster competition.



Friday 8 October      
Invitation to submit abstracts opens
Friday 22 October  
Deadline closes for submission of abstracts
Friday 29 October 
All successful abstracts will be invited to submit a poster
Friday 12 November   
Deadline closes for submission of posters
Friday 26 November 
Winners are announced



New SAS contracts

In spring 2020 the BDA was pleased to announce that SAS members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new SAS contracts

The BMA held separate referendums in England and Wales and in both there was also an overwhelming majority in favour of the new contracts. As a result the new SAS contracts were introduced from 1 April in England and Wales. 

SAS dentists had the choice to move to one of the new contracts or remain on their old contracts if they wished. The window for expressions of interest closed on 30 September 2021. 

Because of the announcement of the 3% DDRB uplift, the BMA and NHS Employers are asking for Trusts to keep the window open longer to allow individuals to still make expressions of interest. New starters will automatically be offered one of the two new contracts.


Consultant contract

Heads of Terms

The BMA agreed to enter into formal negotiations with NHS Employers in September 2013 on a new contract for consultants working in England and Northern Ireland. 

As of 2019 the negotiations have been suspended due to the BMA's protests over the government's implementation of the DDRB pay implementation. 

The BMA negotiates on behalf of those dentists employed on hospital medical terms and conditions, and the BDA had a seat on the BMA's contract reference group.


Meet the CCHDS members 2018 - 2022

The Committee consists of consultant members, staff and associate specialist members and trainee representatives all elected nationally.


CCHDS has close links with the British Medical Association (BMA), in particular the Central Consultants Committee (CCC), The Staff, Associate Specialists and Specialty Doctors Committee (SASC), Junior Doctors' Committee (JDC), and the Joint Medical Consultative Council (JMCC).


The BMA also provides employment advice on behalf of the BDA to members employed on hospital terms and conditions. 


The Committee also has an Executive, which consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair and one elected representative each from the Consultants, SAS and Trainee members.


​Consultants (England)

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Peter Dyer 
Chair of CCHDS
Peter graduated in dentistry from the Royal Dental Hospital in 1979 during which time he was the president of the British Dental Students' Association and in medicine from University College Hospital, London in 1988. He completed his training as a senior registrar at the Royal London Hospital and was appointed consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in 1998 with a special interest in trauma and orthognathics. He co-edited the Handbook of Immediate Care and has contributed chapters about dento-facial trauma in a number of textbooks.

Peter worked as the medical director for the Trust and is currently the responsible officer overseeing the appraisal and revalidation of the medical staff. He is married to Vicky a consultant in restorative dentistry and they
have two children.
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Amerjit Singh
Amerjit Singh, is a Consultant Orthodontist at Southend and Basildon Hospitals appointed in 2002. He obtained a degree in Biochemistry with honours in 1988 (University College London) and then went on to qualify in Dentistry in 1992 (London Hospital Dental School), obtaining the Fellowship in Dental Surgery (Royal College of Surgeons of England) in 1996. He completed his Masters degree in Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Institute, University of London in 1998 and his Membership in Orthodontics in 1999 (Royal College of Surgeons of England). He obtained the Fellowship in Orthodontics FDS.Orth (RCS Eng) in 2002.

His special clinical interests are the treatment of adults with underlying jaw deformities, the management of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea / snoring with Mandibular Advancement Splints and the training of specialist orthodontists. He also works in a specialist consultant private practice in Billericay in Essex. He has published research articles, presented papers and posters at a large number of regional and national meetings. He is actively involved in the training of dentists wishing to train on the 3 year postgraduate training programme linked into the Royal London Hospital, leading them to Specialist Accreditation with the GDC.
Out of work he enjoys travelling, reading and swimming.
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Basheer Dawood
Basheer Dawood is a Consultant Orthodontist currently at Russells Hall Hospital in the West Midlands with over 24 years experience in orthodontics. Prior to his orthodontic career he had a wide range of experience in general dentistry in Asia and was a flying dentist in the Far East delivering basic dental care to rural populations deep in the jungle via government sponsored helicopter services. After this period Basheer decided to specialise in Orthodontics achieving his MOrth and MSc in Bristol and later completing his specialty FDS(Orth) training linked between Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and Bristol. 

Basheer has been committed to delivering high quality orthodontic care in all branches of the specialty and has special interests in orthognathic cases. Within the CCHDS, Basheer hopes to contribute to the various challenges the hospital service is facing specifically in orthodontics. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling to the Far Fast, reading science fiction, chatting to the global village on social media and as best as possible keeping to thrice weekly visits to the gym.
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Nicky Stanford
​​Nicky Stanford works as a Consultant Orthodontist at the Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospitals. He has been a member of the CCHDS as a Specialty Trainee from 2012-2014, acting as a cross-rep on the BMAs Junior Doctors' Committee providing input on behalf of BDA members on the negotiations for the 2016 Junior Doctors' contract. 

He became a consultant member of the CCHDS in 2017 and was elected by the committee onto the executive at the start of the recent triennium in 2018. He currently provides cross-representation on the GDPC and sit as the BDA's representative on the NHS England committee overseeing the pilot scheme for prior approval of Orthognathic surgery, Implant placement and TMJ replacement surgery.

Nicky strongly believes that the CCHDS should have an important role to play in representing hospital dentists at a national level and I am proud to represent my fellow consultants in my current position. Nicky is a member of the Executive.
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Robert Bunyan
Rob Bunyan qualified in Dundee in 1979. In 1996 he began Staff Grade Associate Specialist posts in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Lincoln, Bedford and Luton and Dunstable Hospitals. He has been appointed an honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at Luton and Dunstable. His Specialty interests include the prevention of osteoradionecrosis in cancer patients, peri-radicular surgery, orthodontic related surgery, the use of implants in rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patient, sedation and teaching of Oral Surgery to trainee surgeons.

He is a Past President of The British Association of Oral Surgeons. He is a keen cyclist and runner and passionate about music. 
Jinesh Shah
Jinesh Shah

​Jinesh completed his undergraduate BDS degree from University College London Dental School. He then spent some time in general dental practice before deciding to specialise in Orthodontics. He completed his specialty registrar training at Charles Clifford Dental Hospital and Queens Medical Hospital and his post CCST training at Liverpool University Dental Hospital and Countess of Chester Hospital. He is now working as a Consultant Orthodontist at the Royal Stoke University Hospital for the past 7 years. Before specialising in Orthodontics, Jinesh has had a wide range of experience working in general practice as well as hospital specialties which has been very valuable in his present post which involves treating complex multidisciplinary cases. He has joined BDA CCHDS committee as there are several areas in the hospital consultant service under review and it is important to have strong representation during negotiations from the BDA to ensure that the new contracts and policies are beneficial to the consultants and junior doctors who work hard providing the best care to patients in the NHS.

In his spare time, Jinesh loves to travel and explore different places and cultures in the world. He also likes outdoor activities trekking and mountain climbing.

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Joanna Dancer

​​Dr Joanna Dancer qualified in Dentistry with a BChD at Leeds Dental School in 1984, and after a series of junior hospital posts she completed her Orthodontic Specialist Training at Leeds Dental Institute in 1993. She was appointed as Consultant in Orthodontics in Carlisle Hospitals NHS Trust in 1996.  Since 2003 Joanna has been a part-time Consultant in Orthodontics at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and became Chair of Lancashire Orthodontic Clinical Network when it was formed in 2013. In the past Joanna has been Chair and Secretary of the BOS Training Grades Group and a member of the BOS Council, as well as Editor of the BOS News from 1997-2000. She became Deputy Director of the BOS Clinical Practice Directorate in 2017 with a particular interest in furthering the BOS's work in supporting the development of Orthodontic MCNs nationally.

Staff and Associate Specialist grades (England)

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Peter Brotherton
Pete Brotherton has had an interest in the BDA and Oral surgery since commencing his secondary care post over 20 years ago. In addition to this he has been the Chair and past President for the BDA's Hospital Group (which serve as the educational committee for Hospital dentistry with the BDA). He has organised several national study days for both this group and the CCHDS. He is the current Yorkshire President for the BDA. He has been the Vice chair for the CCHDS for 7 years, demitting office recently.
He was involved with the development of the Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine Commissioning guide with NHS England and has sat on the SAC for Oral Surgery. He was also involved with the British Association of Oral Surgeons council for 17 years. In his day job he is a Specialist in Oral Surgery and Associate Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. He is the Training Programme Director for Dental Core Trainees and acts as the SAS tutor for his trust.
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Julia Winterburn
​Julia Winterburn is a SAS in Oral Surgery at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon ever since. Julia graduated from Sheffield in 2010. She spent 2 months volunteering for Facing Africa in Ethiopia treating and looking after patients undergoing facial reconstructions following NOMA. She spent 2 years in Australia working in Oral Surgery at Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne (including postgrad teaching). Also worked part time in private practice and public emergency clinics. She holds a PgCert in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (University of Bristol 2017).

In her spare time is likes to keep active, walking her dog, cycling, running, Thai boxing, Pilates. She lovea wildlife, birds and photography. Julia is a member of the Executive.
​Sami Stagnell
​​Sami Stagnell is a Specialist in Oral Surgery and currently runs oral surgery services across the South Coast. He has worked throughout primary and secondary care as well as an Honorary Clinical Teacher and one of the first Fellows in Clinical Leadership with HEE. He is an active member of many societies, and is a returning YDC member, having served as Vice-Chair during the 2015-17 term of office. He is passionate about representing the interests of young dentists, to ensure the profession develop and improves.

In his spare time, he enjoys time with his young family, cycling, Crossfit and skiing.
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​Nadia Ahmed
​Nadia Ahmed qualified from Sheffield Dental School in 2007. Following this, she gained extensive experience in secondary care, in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiology, Paedodontics and Oral Medicine. She completed a Postgrad Certificate in Health Research from the University of Leeds in 2011. She carried out her Specialist training in Orthodontics in Leeds and gained her MSc in 2015 and MOrth from RCS London in 2016. She carried out research into the outcomes of tooth autotransplantation as part of her MSc. She currently works in Specialist practice treating mainly NHS patients and as an Associate Specialist in Orthodontics in Kettering hospital where sees more complex cases and is involved with the care of Orthognathic patients. 

Alongside her clinical work, she has recently been appointed an MJDF examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons. Her outside interests include cake decorating, oil painting, hill walking and Bollywood dance.

Romana Ahmed

​Romana Ahmed qualified from the University of Manchester in 2014. She is currently working part time as an SAS in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Romana has always played an active role within the BDA, namely in the Oldham/Rochdale section. She is also a treasurer for the East Lancashire and East Cheshire branch. Romana was politically active in the junior doctors contract dispute and with the support of her MP raised awareness of the issues in the Houses of Parliament. 


Recreationally she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors and interior designing. 


Sagar Shah

Sagar completed his undergraduate training at the University of Birmingham. Following his vocational training, he gained experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery across hospitals in Nottingham and London. During this time he completed his membership exams for the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.


Sagar currently works in the oral surgery department at Kings Dental Institute as a Specialty Dentist and Honorary Clinical Tutor. To support his role as an educator, he completed a PG Cert in Clinical Education through which he was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. He also works part-time as a GDP offering NHS and private dental care.


Sagar is currently on secondment with the Chief Dental Officer’s Clinical Fellowship Scheme, working with NHS Business Services Authority - Dental Services.


In his spare time he enjoys current affairs, running, travelling and supporting West Ham United FC.

Trainees (UK)

Susan Welford
​Suzie is currently an ST2 in Paediatric Dentistry at Leeds Dental Institute. She graduated in 2010 and undertook training positions in Oral Surgery, Oral med, restorative and OMFS.  After working in general practice in New Zealand she returned to Leeds to commence StR training and an MRes investigating Dental Anxiety.​

Anurag Srinivas
​Anurag Srinivas has been elected for the first time to CCHDS committee. He is currently a DCT 1 working in South Wales and is looking to further his career in the Hospital Dental Services. With a keen interest in teaching and education he is looking forward to representing dental trainees on this committee.


His outside interests mostly involve keeping active- tennis, squash and running. He also enjoys visiting his local cinema. Anurag is a member of the Executive.

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​Ursala Jogezai is a DCT 3 currently in restorative dentistry at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. This is the specialty I wish to pursue long term as I find it both very challenging and rewarding. I particularly enjoy rehabilitation of oncology patients as well as periodontics especially surgical periodontics. She served as vice chair on the young dentist committee between 2015-2017 and found the experience very rewarding. Being a hospital dentist, she wishes to be pro-active in representing her group. As a very small select cohort it is important that there is a platform where voices can be heard. Apart from dentistry. Ursala loves to travel and read. She has undertaken a foundation certificate in yoga and practices both yoga and meditation on a daily basis to keep herself healthy physically as well as mentally and emotionally. 
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Priya Bahal
​Priya is the current Periodontal Academic Clinical Fellow at Guy's Hospital, London. She graduated from the University of Bristol and since then has undertaken a number of roles. Her VT was completed in the picturesque Teignmouth, South Devon and she then completed a DF2 rold in Worcester which was split between Max Fax role and the community dental services. Priya then undertook a Restorative Career Development Post at King's Dental Institute in London before moving back to Bristol where she worked as a Restorative Speciality Dentist. She then joined the Clinical Trials team at Bristol Dental School where she ran a clinical trial for her research MSc and throughout all this time Priya has maintained her interest through working in NHS and private practice.


Currently she is undertaking the MClinDent in Periodontology with King's College, London and her current research will form the basis of her future PhD application. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, sewing and baking lovely sweet treats!

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Adam Jones
​Adam graduated from Leeds Dental Institute in 2010 and undertook core training positions in Oral Surgery in the North West before a period working overseas in General Practice. He has recently returned to Leeds where he works as a dental core trainee. With interests in academic oral surgery and dental education both in the UK and developing world, he has recently returned from a trip to Tanzania working with dental development charity Bridge2Aid. Through the CCHDS he hopes to represent the interests of young Oral Surgeons in both training and SAS roles.


Outside of dentistry he enjoys competing in multisport and trail running events.

Consultant (Scotland)


Laura Cross
Laura Cross
​Laura Cross is a Consultant and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor in Restorative Dentistry. She has enjoyed being involved in the Scottish Committee for Hospital Dental Services and is looking forward to coming along to CCHDS to gain experience of working with the BDA at a UK level. She hopes that her membership of the BMA's Local Negotiating Committee in Glasgow and the BMA Scottish Consultants' Committee will be of value to CCHDS. She hopes that by raising awareness of the BDA's work amongst my colleagues locally and across Scotland more people might be motivated to become more involved in the BDA in the future. 

Outside of work she enjoys running, hill-walking, cooking and travelling abroad.
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​Manar Elkhazindar is a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry/ NHS Highland providing a range of specialist restorative services to Scottish Highland and Western Isles. Her work in rural Scotland had highlighted the need for more equitable distribution of health care and the value of managed clinical networks MCNs. As previous chair of Scottish Committee for Hospital Dental Services she enjoyed working with colleagues debating myriad of challenges facing hospital dentistry, e.g., shortage of staff, limited funding and the implementation of the Oral Health Plan in Scotland. She feels there is still more work to do, such as regulation for hospital managers and refuting waiting time as the only measure of quality in healthcare.

Consultant (Northern Ireland)

​Gerry McKenna
​Gerry McKenna is a Senior Lecturer / Consultant in Restorative Dentistry working in Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). He completed his undergraduate dental degree at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne before undertaking junior hospital positions in Edinburgh and Dundee. He was awarded his PhD in 2012 from University College Cork and completed higher specialist training in Restorative Dentistry in 2014. He is an active clinical researcher and is a Principal Investigator within the Centre for Public Health in QUB. His research is focused on improving oral health for older patients including nutritional and quality of life outcomes. He is the incoming vice-president of the Geriatric Oral Research Group (GORG) at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and is past president of the European College of Gerodontology (ECG). 

Gerry has two young children who occupy much of his free time but occasionally he does enjoy a round of golf. He is a long suffering follower of Liverpool Football Club.

Consultants in Dental Public Health in England

​Kamini Shah

Consultant dental staff through the Association of Dental Hospitals

Ewen McColl

Joint Meeting of Dental Faculties

Andy Edwards

Future meetings

8 November

If you would like further information regarding the CCHDS please contact Nicola Hawkey