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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 those dentists who work in public health in the UK. Dentists from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland working within the specialty are represented on the committee.

In 2020 and 2021 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 has focused on the closure of Public Health England on 30 September and the transition to other employing organisations. Since 1 October, 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 Nicola Hawkey nicola.hawkey@bda.org


Pictured left to right: Albert Yeung, Robert Witton (Chair), Nigel Monaghan, Anna Ireland, Alison Lockyer and Ellis Friedman


Meet the DPHC members

Dr Robert Witton
Chair of the DPHC
Consultant (England-South)

Robert has a particular interest in community–based dental education and oral health improvement. He plays a key role in the University of Plymouth dental school's award winning social enterprise clinical service provider (Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise CIC) and its partner community engagement team (CET). The CET has particular expertise in working with vulnerable and disadvantaged community groups to address oral health inequalities for the benefit of dental education and communities.


Robert began his career as an Army Dental Officer and during this time undertook hospital posts in oral and maxillofacial surgery, restorative dentistry and urgent dental care completing postgraduate clinical training. After leaving the army, Robert worked at Portsmouth Dental Academy and helped to establish an NHS dental practice at Portsmouth University. Subsequently he completed NHS higher specialist training in dental public health in the southwest, and has remained in the region since then working for Plymouth University, Public Health England the NHS and its related partners. 


His interests include patient safety and clinical quality improvement, children's oral health, dental education and developing dental services for at risk groups. 

Robert has chaired the BDA Dental Public Health Committee since October 2019.

Kamini Shah

Consultant (England-North)

​Kamini is the Vice-Chair of the Committee.
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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)

​Nigel worked in Hospital, Community and General Dental Practice before training in Dental Public Health. Appointed as a Consultant in Dental Public Health 1999, and as a Public Health Director from 2003-2008, he has been visiting Professor in Public Health at the University of South Wales since 2012. He has a developing interest in the implications of complexity science for health and healthcare.
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