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Public Health

Dentists working in Public Heath, for Public Health England and for local authorities, are supported and represented through the BDA’s Dental Public Health Committee.​

The Dental Public Health Committee (DPHC) is an autonomous committee of the BDA and is concerned with all matters that affect those dentists who work in public health in the UK. Public Health dentists from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are represented on the committee.

The Chair of the DPHC is Dr Anna Ireland and the Secretary of the DPHC is Ian Oakley. The work of the Committee is supported by the BDA’s employment relation team and the Committee works with other organisations to promote and protect the rights and interests of public health dentists.​

Meet the DPHC members

Dr Anna Ireland
Chair of the DPHC
Consultant (England-South)

​Anna qualified from the University of Dundee in 1990. Following qualification she spent 8 years in Cornwall working mainly in General Practice but with additional roles in clinical audit and secondary care. In 1999 Anna relocated to the Home Counties to take up a role in the community dental service (CDS) in Buckinghamshire, eventually becoming Clinical Director for the service. 

Whilst with Buckinghamshire CDS Anna completed a Masters in Public Health and in 2008 she was accepted into Dental Public Health specialist training. Anna’s first Dental Public Health Consultant post was in North Central London and for the last five years she has been a Consultant working across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. 

Anna has been involved in education and training throughout her career. She was a committee member and presiding examiner for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses and is currently an Educational Supervisor for Dental Core Training and Specialist Training. She is also an examiner for the Dental Public Health Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination. 

Anna has chaired the BDA Dental Public Health Committee since 2015.

Kamini Shah

Consultant (England-North)

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Desmond Wright

Consultant (England-London)

​Desmond Wright qualified from the London Hospital Medical College and worked in hospital and general dental practice before commencing higher training in dental public health.

He is currently working as a Consultant in Dental Public Health in the Public Health England London Integrated Region and Centre. His current interests are in dental service redesign, service evaluation and assessing the dental needs of excluded and vulnerable groups. He is the dental epidemiology coordinator for London and has been an educational supervisor for the dental core and higher specialist training in dental public health for over 15 years.

He has been a member of the BDA Dental Practice Committee since 2015.
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Linda Hillman
Consultant (England-Eastern)
​Linda Hillman is a consultant in Public Health England for the East of England Centre, well-known to colleagues through national and regional networks. Since her appointment in 1999. 

Linda has witnessed several major service reorganisations and often had responsibilities to manage and support other staff. These experiences established her determination to ensure the specialty is adequately promoted, and that there is advocacy and support for colleagues if they need it.

Linda completed both undergraduate and specialist training in Cardiff, and before specialising worked in several branches of NHS dentistry, including general, community and hospital dental services.
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Michael Donaldson
(Northern Ireland)

Michael is Consultant in Dental Public Health and Head of Dentistry at the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board. In this role he is responsible for commissioning all primary care, community and hospital dental services across Northern Ireland.  He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. His research interests include oral health improvement and primary care dentistry. He is an honorary senior lecturer in dentistry at the University of Manchester and is an Expert Advisor for NICE.

Albert Yeung

Consultant (Scotland)

​Albert Yeung is a Consultant in Dental Public Health at NHS Lanarkshire in Scotland. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer of the University of Glasgow. He is a Professional Adviser to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman. He is also the Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Dentistry (Second Edition).

Originally from Hong Kong, Albert studied dentistry in Glasgow. He has a diverse background of working experience in dentistry in the UK, including general dental practice, hospitals, community dental service and teaching in dental schools.

Albert serves as an editorial board member of several scientific journals. He is one of the two dentists being appointed to be an assessor for the UK Public Health Register. He is also an examiner for the General Dental Council’s Overseas Registration Examination, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Nigel Monaghan

Consultant (Wales)

To be elected
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