The following pages include BDA policy
activity around public health issues and the public health
workforce. There are a wide range of clinical topic areas such as
tobacco, older people, homelessness, infective endocarditis and
bisphosphonates among others. This section also includes work by the BDA
to protect the dental public health workforce.
Workforce update (July 2013)
Long-overdue confirmation that gaps in the CDPH workforce are to be filled has been given a cautious welcome by the BDA.
A letter from Public Health England to BDA Dental Public Health
Committee Chair Christopher Allen this week confirmed that 4.5 permanent
posts and 4.4 12-month contract posts previously frozen by PHE are now
to be recruited. Those recruitments will reduce the inequity in the
distribution of England’s CDPH workforce for the immediate year,
although the longer-term future of the posts recruited as 12-month
contracts remains uncertain.
The recruitments follow years-long BDA lobbying stressing the importance
of ensuring the expertise of CDPHs is available in all areas. The BDA
campaign ran during the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill and
has continued since it was passed. In May 2013, Dr Allen wrote to Public
Health England reiterating the importance of advertising the posts and
warning a failure to do so could jeopardise a Government commitment to
improve child oral health.
The BDA has written to Public Health England to request that these vacancies are advertised as soon as practicable.
Workforce update (February 2013)
several months of tough negotiations, we are pleased to report that
Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that consultants in dental
public health (CsDPH) will retain NHS terms and conditions and that all
those appointed to consultant posts in future will have access to the
NHS package. Alongside this, funding for several ‘frozen’ posts around
the country has been released, ensuring appropriate dental public health
coverage across England.
As a result of these changes, the BDA has formalised arrangements for
the dental public health workforce and has created a central committee
for dental public health, which will be elected in autumn 2013. The
committee, which will represent consultants, trainees and academics,
will have a UK-wide remit. More details on elections will be made
available in due course.
PHE, a civil service organisation, assumes its responsibilities on 1
April 2013. Arrangements for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales remain
Please contact Rachel Noble for further information.
Workforce update (September 2012)
BDA and its Dental Public Health Committee continues to work with
Public Health England (PHE) on issues affecting the transfer of the
dental public health workforce to its new employer. Although PHE has not
yet arrived at a final offer on terms and conditions, the organisation
has been established as a civil service body. The BDA is participating
in negotiations to determine the final package and we believe strongly
that Consultants in Dental Public Health maintain their NHS terms and
conditions, rather than transferring to civil service terms.
Alongside this, the BDA is a member of the Public Health Taskforce,
which meets regularly to discuss issues affecting all aspects of public
health raised in the transfer.
New Public Health staff workforce survey (27 June 2012)
support the BDA’s lobbying activity on the transfer of service to
Public Health England (PHE), we are conducting a short workforce survey
to ascertain current staffing levels in PCTs across England. This
information will be submitted to PHE, and the BDA will continue to push
for the sensible transfer of staff to avoid further fragmentation of our
The surveyis available online and returns should be submitted by 9 July 2012.