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Scottish Public Dental Service Committee

Subject to the authority of the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee, the Scottish Public Dental Service Committee (SPDSC) represents the interests and acts on behalf of dentists working in the NHS Primary Care Public Dental Service (PDS) in Scotland. 

What does ​Scottish Public Dental Service Committee (SPDSC) do?

​​SPDSC will consider and address all matters arising under Scottish Government health legislation, including amendments, extensions or consolidations affecting dentists employed in the NHS Primary Care PDS in Scotland, excluding those employed on hospital medical and dental conditions of service. 


SPDSC Policy Document

SPDSC Policy Document - June 2019


Member updates

SPDSC meeting: September 2019

SPDSC met on 17 September. 

Kate Wiseman had announced that she would be resigning as Vice Chair of the Committee, and the Chair asked for expressions of interest for her replacement. The main topics of discussion were: PSD input into the development of the "new model of care"; the recently announced 2.5% pay uplift for PDS dentists in 2019/20; potential patient access issues in some NHS Board areas; and the recent BDA Scotland survey of all NHS Boards into the extent and impact of reductions in PDS budgets and staff on local areas. It was agreed to seek further responses before considering the results in detail. Attendees also discussed: CPD courses for PDS dentists; the possible extension of the NHS "iMatter" staff engagement tool to PDS trainees; and progress towards resolving long-standing difficulties in collecting robust information on PDS activity.

SPDSC will meet again on 25 February 2020.

Concerns about the future of the PDS in Scotland

On 5 March 2019, BDA Scotland published a blog setting out a range of concerns about the future of the Public Dental Service (PDS) in Scotland. These included continued funding cuts, and workforce issues – there had been overall a reduction of 16.3% in PDS posts between 2013/14 and 2017/18 – or one in six – with the largest decrease (6.1%) between 2016/17 to 2017/18. This will inevitably have major impacts on patient care, including fewer patient appointments and longer waiting times to see a dentist, and more travel time for patients to access PDS services. The PDS also has concerns about Scottish Government plans allow 'accredited' GDPs to provide care for people in care homes. This role is currently filled by PDS dentists – and it is unclear what role the service will play in the future.


BDA Scotland has issued a survey to NHS Boards. The aim is to gather information on a number of issues to assess Boards plans for the PDS in their local area. Further responses will be sought before considering the results in detail.


NHS Pay Circular: 2019-20

NHS Pay Circular PCS(DD)2018/2 issued by Scottish Government on 30 August 2019 detailing the changes in the pay and national terms of service of all NHS employed staff. 
NHS Circular - PCS(DD)2019(2) Medical Dental Pay 2019-20 - final (003).pdf


BDA Scotland staff met with Dr D Felix, Dean of PG Dental Education, NES in September to discuss a list of areas which SPDSC had identified as the most important with regard to training for PDS dentists in Scotland.  It was agreed to hold two separate full day events by the end of the financial year.  There would also be an option to link in to the events by video-conference and courses would be advertised on the NES Portal.

Domiciliary Care: Accredited GDPs Training

The didactic training provided by NHS Education Scotland for the first tranche of accredited GDPs is now complete and the Public Dental Service mentoring element is ongoing. Further training dates will take place towards the end of the year.

Domiciliary Care: Memorandum to NHS: PCA(D)(2019)9

The memorandum advises of the new arrangements being introduced for the provision of enhanced skills in domiciliary care by domiciliary care dentists to care home residents. 
PCA(D)(2019)9 - Dentists with Enhanced Skills in Domiciliary Care - Memorandum - 27 June 2019.pdf

SPDSC Representatives

The SPDSC representatives for 2018-2020 are:


Representatives nominated by the Scottish Association of Clinical Dental Directors

Dawn Adams, Fife

Peter Ommer, Ayrshire & Arran


PDS Representatives
Graham Douglas Smith (Chair)

Kate Wiseman

Philip McCallum

Andrea Walker

Claire Livingstone

Andrew Mulford


Consultant in Dental Public Health
Albert Yeung


AR Representative
Kath McKinnon


Scottish Division of the CDS Group
Vacant seat

PEC Representatives
Mick Armstrong, Chair of the PEC

Eddie Crouch, Vice-Chair of the PEC


Meeting Dates 2020

  • Tuesday 25 February 2020 at the BDA Scotland office
  • Tuesday 23 June 2020 at the BDA Scotland office
  • Tuesday 15 September 2020 at the BDA Scotland office


Get in touch

For more information, please get in touch with the committee Secretary Elaine Bruce.