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Community Dental Services Group

The Community Dental Services Group supports community dentists (salaried dentists working in the Community Dental Service, Public Dental Service (in Scotland), a PCT Dental Service, or a Dental Access Centre by providing opportunities for high-quality CPD, specially tailored to community dentists.

The CDS Group represents dentists working in community dentist roles, working throughout the UK, organised by its thirteen regional divisions.


National members are elected to the Group's General Management Committee.


What does the CDS Group do?

The CDS Group focuses on supporting the educational and career development needs of dentists working in community dental roles.


We organise postgraduate courses, sometimes in conjunction with specialists societies. We link with the England Community Dental Services Committee and the Scottish Public Dental Services Committee, who negotiate on terms and conditions of employment on behalf of community dentists.


We aim to:


  • Promote the objects and aims of the BDA and to foster and maintain valuable relations between members of the CDS Group and other areas of the dental profession.
  • Assist and advise the BDA in promoting and safeguarding the interests of all members of the CDS Group.
  • Advance the interests and profile of those working in the community dental service; by the cultivation of a professional spirit among members of the CDS Group, by consideration of subjects relevant to dental public health and science
  • Provide a forum to share information amongst those working in the community dental service and to provide a voice for those members.
  • Develop study days, events & courses and the Annual Presidential and Scientific Meeting is one of the highlights of the calendar.

How can I get join?

BDA members who are employed by an NHS Trust providing CDS, PDS, PCTDS and DACs services, can join the group - please email the Secretary to be added to the CDS Group membership list.
Tick the relevant box/es in your MyBDA to ensure you are getting regular news updates from us.

CDS Annual, Presidential & Scientific Meeting 2019  

The CDS Group Annual Presidential and Scientific meeting takes place 3-5 October 2019 at York Racecourse, hosted by President-Elect Gill Greenwood.
Further details and how to book to follow.

Annual Poster competition

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 competition to be held at the CDS Group Annual Presidential and Scientific Meeting. 

Applications must be received by Monday 29 July 2019 with posters ready for submission by Monday 9 September 2019. At least one of the authors must be registered to attend the conference by the application closing date. 

Submit your application along with the application and criteria. 

Download the application form and criteria.

CDS Group Management Committee members

Members of the Management Committee are:


  • Chair: David Barber
  • Honorary Treasurer: Kat McDermott 
  • President: Jude Anderson 2018-2019
  • President Elect: Gill Greenwood 2019-2020
  • Secretary: Andrea Greatrex

Would you like to get involved?

We are always welcome any new members who would like to join our Management Committee, please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Any questions?

For more information about the work of the CDS Group or how to get involved, please contact the Group Secretary.