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Scottish Hospital Dental Reference Group

To provide a channel of communication between hospital dental staff and those who negotiate their terms and conditions of service.

During the last round of BDA Triennial Elections, there were not enough nominations for the Scottish Committee for Hospital Dental Services to continue.  It was therefore decided to establish the Scottish Hospital Dental Reference Group.

What does ​Scottish Hospital Dental Reference Group (SHDRG) do?

SHDRG will advise NHS Boards and the Scottish Government on matters relating to the provision of hospital dental services in Scotland and will liaise with, and send representatives to the Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services and the Scottish Council of the British Dental Association.


Member Updates

Correspondence with Scottish Government Ministers and the CDO

  • Arrangements for the Distinction Awards and Discretionary Points Schemes for consultants dated 17 June 2022
  • Letter from the CDO dated 9 June – ventilation funding confirmed for NHS dental practices
  • Letter to Minister dated 3 June - joint letter from Scottish craft committee Chairs to highlight concerns about a range of issues, many of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
  • Letter to the CDO on 29 March and reply dated 8 April re issues affecting PDS and HDS dentists across Scotland
  • Letter to Minister on 10 March and reply dated 14 April re issues affecting dentists across Scotland
  • Letter to the Minister of 3 November and reply dated 10 November 2020 re remobilisation plans for the HDS

COVID-19 Pandemic

Regular updates are provided via Coronavirus live updates.


Blogs

Hospital dentistry: Contracts and other issues facing SAS grade dentists - John Ho-A-Yun, Lead of SHDRG outlines the issues facing SAS grade dentists in hospital dentistry.  

Scotland: COVID-19 impacts dental education and training - Colin Levey of University of Dundee investigates what impact the pandemic had on dental education and training in Scotland.


Scottish Government Directors communications

03 November 21 - Annual leave buyback and carry over 2021-22

02 February 21 - Stay at home regulations: Working from home

22 January 21 - Annual leave in 2020-21 and carry forward to 2021-22

18 January 21 - COVID-19 enhancing workforce capacity

08 January 21 - Cross-border healthcare and patient mobility in Europe - EU exit


NHS Pay Circular 2022/23

NHS Pay Circular PCS(DD)2022-01 issued by Scottish Government on 5 August 2022 detailing the changes in the pay and national terms of service of all NHS employed staff.


SHDRG Terms of Reference/Membership

Remit
As part of the BDA Triennial Elections process, it was agreed to continue with the Scottish Hospital Dentists Reference Group for the 2022-2025 triennium. The Group will provide a channel of communication between hospital dental staff and those who negotiate their terms and conditions of service. The Group will also advise NHS Boards and the CDO / Scottish Government when required on matters relating to the provision of hospital dental services in Scotland. 

Membership
One consultant representative, one representative of Scottish Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors and one representative of training grade will be elected to the BDA Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services on a triennial basis. 

The Lead of the Scottish Hospital Dental Reference Group will sit on BDA Scottish Council.

Consultant Representative
Currently Manar Elkhazindar, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, NHS Highland 
 
Representative of Scottish Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors
Currently John Ho-Ay-Yun, Specialty Dentist, NHS Fife
 
Representative of Training Grade
Currently Christopher Wright, Specialty Registrar in Orthodontics, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School.

The group will invite representatives from external committees and groups to meetings as appropriate. These may include:

  • Consultants or Specialists from the Scottish Universities
  • Consultants or Specialists from the Royal Colleges 
  • Representatives from the BMA 

Meetings
The group will meet at least twice per year, one of which will be face to face. 

May 2022 



Get in touch

For more information, please contact committee Secretary Elaine Bruce elaine.bruce@bda.org.