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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

Reform of NHS Dental Services

The Scottish Government is engaging in a process to develop and shape a revised Determination 1 of the Statement of Dental Remuneration.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, in his letter of 28 June 2022, outlined plans to set up a CDO Advisory Group as part of the reform programme. NHS Boards put forward nominees from their Board areas from the dentists and members of the dental team, who volunteered to participate.

The Advisory Group was established to provide short life consultative comments and advice to the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) about the development and shape of a revised Determination I.

Representatives from the BDA Scottish Dental Practice Committee and Scottish Government will engage in meetings on payment reform for the revised Determination 1 and this work is due to start in January 2023.

Notes of all the Advisory Group workshops and the BDA and Scottish Government representative meetings, will be in the public domain and can be found here.

Notes of the meetings between BDA and Scottish Government representatives will be agreed by both parties.

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: 2022-23

NHS Pay Circular PCS(DD)2022-01 issued by Scottish Government on 5 August 2022 detailing the changes in the pay and national terms of service of all NHS employed staff.

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.