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.
Scottish Joint Negotiating Forum
The Scottish Joint Negotiating Forum, comprising of the Interim Chief Dental Officer, Scottish Government officials, a representative from NHS Employers, BDA Scotland staff and representatives from the Scottish Public Dental Service Committee, met on 7 May 2019. The main topic of discussion was the Public Dental Service (PDS) budget and the continued cuts from Scottish Government and NHS Boards resulting in concerns about the future of the PDS.
The Forum also discussed the 'rebalancing' of the PDS and General Dental Service within NHS Boards resulting in the continued reduction in PDS dentists across Scotland.
Other issues included: the proposed arrangements for domiciliary care, including the training, mentoring and funding of enhanced skills GDPs; and mediated entry to specialist lists with the possible re-establishment of the mediation process.
In future, separate meetings will be held with Scottish Government workforce officials on PDS terms and conditions, and with the CDO's team on other issues such as morale and motivation. BDA Scotland will liaise with NHS Boards on local issues, and – where appropriate – raise concerns with the Scottish Government.
BDA Scotland meeting with Interim Directors of Dentistry: April 2019
The OHIP included a commitment to establish a Director of Dentistry (DoD) in each NHS Board. The DoDs are expected to ensure a more strategic approach primary and secondary care service planning and oral health improvement within each Board. All Boards have appointed an interim DoD, and BDA Scotland staff and the Chairs of the BDA Scotland committees held an informal introductory meeting with eight of the interim DoDs on 10 April. The aim of the meeting was to work towards building an effective working relationship and strong communication links between the BDA and interim DoDs.
The meeting was informative and issues discussed included: the roles and responsibilities of the interim DoDs; timescales for the recruitment of substantive DoDs; funding for the roles; and DODs' links within NHS Boards and with Scottish Government. The initial five priorities of the OHIP were also discussed, and the various actions in Phase 2 of the Plan. It was agreed that good communication was essential between the DoDs, Scottish Government, the BDA, and the dental profession and that the meeting had been a useful forum for sharing information and views.
A further meeting will be arranged in the autumn when the substantive DoDs have been appointed.
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 – NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Meeting
BDA Scotland staff and a representative of SPDSC met with Dr David Felix, Postgraduate Dental Dean and Director of Dentistry NES, on 6 March 2019. The main issue discussed was the provision of Continuing Professional Development training opportunities for PDS dentists. BDA Scotland will canvass SPDSC members for their views on the likely demand for PDS-oriented events, including locations and mode of delivery such as taught courses and webinars. The BDA will then discuss with NES who is best placed to deliver these training opportunities.
SPDSC Meeting: February 2019
SPDSC met on 26 February 2019. The main items of discussion included: the lack of the progress by Scottish Government on the recruitment of a new Chief Dental Officer; the PCA published by Scottish Government providing some detail on the latest progress in relation to the various phases of the Scottish Government Oral Health Improvement Plan; the review of management structures currently being undertaken in NHS Lothian; waiting times for paediatric extractions in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; and the continuing problems associated with '7000' codes used to measure activity in the PDS. Other issues discussed included the reintroduction of educational events for PDS dentists in Scotland, the updated SPDSC Policy Document; and relevant aspects of the BDA's DDRB submission.
NHS Pay Circular
NHS Pay Circular PCS(DD)2018/2 issued by Scottish Government on 5 September 2018 detailing the changes in the pay and national terms of service of all NHS employed staff.
Scottish Joint Negotiating Forum
The Scottish Joint Negotiating Forum (SJNF) is a tri-partite group Chaired by the Chief Dental Officer and comprises representatives from the BDA and its Scottish Public Dental Service Committee (SPDSC), the Scottish Government Directorate for Population Health and NHS Employers.
The Chair, Vice-Chair and one of two Clinical Directors nominated by the the Directors of Clinical Dental Services represent SPDSC the forum along with the BDA Scotland National Director, BDA Scotland Policy Adviser and the BDA Scotland Employment Relations Officer.
The Forum usually meets three times a year and its purpose is to discuss, consult and negotiate on all matters affecting primary care salaried dental services in Scotland. This includes terms and conditions, remuneration and other aspects of the delivery of salaried dental services.
The next meeting of SJNF will be held on 7 May 2019.
SPDSC Policy Document
SPDSC has produced a policy document whose purpose is to ensure that each of the key issues delivered by the Public Dental Services is addressed in terms of considered and developed policies by SPDSC. The document will enable the committee to make decisions which have been informed by the policies set out in the document.
Subject to the authority of the Principal Executive Committee, which shall be renewable annually, to represent the interests and act on behalf of dentists working in the NHS Primary Care Public Dental Service (PDS) in Scotland. It 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.
Two representatives nominated by the Directors of Clinical Dental Services; six PDS dentists, of whom there will normally be a minimum of two basic grade salaried dentists and two senior or specialist PDS dentists. Should the Chair and Vice Chair from the committee not be a BDA member, the committee can elect a BDA member to represent the Scottish Public Dental Service Committee on Scottish Council from its voting members.
The Chair and Deputy-Chair of the Principal Executive Committee.
One representative nominated by the Consultants in Dental Public Health/Chief Administrative Dental Officers in Scotland.
One observer nominated by the Scottish Accredited Representatives Committee, which shall be reviewed annually.
One representative nominated by the Scottish Division of the Community Dental Services Group of the BDA.
Up to two co-opted members as and when required.
Should an SPDSC member not attend for two consecutive meetings, taking into account the individual circumstances of the member, it will be at the discretion of the committee whether the member will continue to be an SPDSC member.
Five voting members
The SPDSC members for 2018-2020 are:
Directors of Clinical Dental Services
Dawn Adams, OBE, Fife
Peter Ommer, Ayr
Salaried Dentists Representatives
Claire Livingstone, Borders,
Philip McCallum, Highland
Andrea Walker, Highland
Graham Douglas Smith, Isle of Skye (Chair)
Kate Wiseman, Glasgow (Vice-Chair)
Andrew Mulford, Edinburgh
Representative nominated by the Consultants in Dental Public Health/Chief Administrative Dental Officers in Scotland (Observer)
Albert Yeung, Bothwell
AR Representative (Observer)
Kath McKinnon, NHS Orkney
Scottish Division of the CDS Group (Observer)
1 representative: TBC
Principal Executive Committee Members
Mick Armstrong, Chair of the PEC
Eddie Crouch, Deputy-Chair of the PEC
Please find Information on the England Community Dental Service Committee.
Meeting Dates 2019
Tuesday 26 February 2019
Tuesday 25 June 2019
Tuesday 17 September 2019
Meetings will be held at the BDA Scotland office at 14:00hrs
Agendas and reports