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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

Correspondence with Scottish Government Ministers and the CDO

  • Letter to Chief Executives dated 1 November - Winter Preparedness Funding for the PDS
  • Letter from the CDO dated 9 June – ventilation funding confirmed for NHS dental practices
  • Letter to Minister dated 3 June – joint letter from Scottish craft committee Chairs to highlight concerns about a range of issues, many of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

  • Letter to the CDO on 29 March and reply dated 8 April r​e issues affecting PDS and HDS dentists across Scotland

  • Letter to Minister on 10 March and reply dated 14 April re issues affecting dentists across Scotland

  • Letter to the Minister on 3 November with reply dated 10 November 2020 re remobilisation plans for the PDS
  • Letter to the Minister for Public Health and Sport on 30 June 2020 with reply dated 27 July 2020 re PDS budget

COVID-19 Pandemic

Copies of BDA correspondence with the Minister for Public Health Sport and Wellbeing and the CDO can be read on the SDPC section as well as all recent PCAs relating to COVID-19.

Regular updates are provided via Coronavirus live updates.


Scotland: Putting PDS in the spotlight - Graham Smith, Chair of the Scottish PDS Committee, highlights the massive backlog of unmet dental need and the future capacity concerns.

NHS Circulars

NHS Pay Circular: 2020-21

NHS Pay Circular PCS(DD)2020/02 issued by Scottish Government on 24 August 2020 detailing the changes in the pay and national terms of service of all NHS employed staff.
NHS Pay Circular PCS(DD)2020/02  Medical Dental Pay 2020/21

SPDSC Representatives

The SPDSC representatives for 2022-2024 are:


Representatives nominated by the PDS Leads Group

Alison Milne, NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Geraldeen Irving, NHS Lanarkshire


PDS Representatives

Philip MacCallum (Chair)
Graham Douglas Smith (Vice Chair)
Claire Livingstone
Jennifer Szuster
Graeme Proctor


Consultant in Dental Public Health
Jacky Burns


AR Representative
Kath McKinnon


Scottish Division of the CDS Group

Graham Smith

PEC Representatives

Eddie Crouch, BDA PEC Chair
Peter Crooks, BDA PEC Deputy Chair

Meeting dates 2022

Tuesday 22 February

Tuesday 21 June 

Tuesday 20 September



Get in touch

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