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Public Health

The Dental Public Health Committee (DPHC) is a craft committee of the BDA and is concerned with all matters that affect dentists who are working in public health across the UK. Dentists from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland working within the specialty are represented on the Committee.

Since 2020, Dental Public Health teams across the UK have been at the forefront of the COVID pandemic response across Public Health England, Public Health Wales, NHS Boards in Scotland and Northern Ireland and in Local Authorities.


In 2021 the committee focused on the closure of Public Health England on 30 September and the transition to other employing organisations. Since 1 October 2021, the majority of consultants have moved to NHS England and Improvement and a smaller number have moved to the Department of Health and Social Care's Office for Health Improvement and Disparities. Trainees will continue to be attached to consultants for the relevant training pathway. The BDA has secured Trade Union recognition with the UKHSA and Department.


The Chair of the DPHC is Professor Robert Witton. The committee works across the BDA and with external organisations, including BASCD to promote and protect the rights and interests of public health dentists.


For more information about the work of the committee please contact the Senior Policy Adviser for Employed Dentists, Stuart Abrahams (stuart.abrahams@bda.org), or the Committee Secretary Eleanor Day (eleanor.day@bda.org).


Meet the DPHC members

Voting members

Rob Witton (Chair) - Consultant (England)

Anna Hunt (Vice Chair) - Consultant (England)

Kamini Shah - Consultant (England)

VACANT - Consultant (England)

Michael Donaldson - Consultant (Northern Ireland)

Jacky Burns - Consultant (Scotland)

Anup Karki - Consultant (Wales)


Semina Makhani - Office of Health Improvement and Disparities representative

Kamini Shah - NHS England Partnership Forum Local Negotiating Committee Sub-group representative

Yvonne Dailey - NHS England Partnership Forum Local Negotiating Committee Sub-group representative