Hospital dental staff are employed by NHS trusts on the same basis
as their medical colleagues, both in training and career grades.
provide secondary care services and consultant back-up for those in
primary care in the General Dental Service and Salaried Service,
together with emergency trauma services.
The main specialties practised
are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry
and Restorative Dentistry, together with its sub-specialties of
Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Endodontics. There are also the
additional dental specialties, which include Oral and Maxillofacial
Radiology, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Microbiology.
Advice on how to get into dental speciality training can be found in Guide to dental specialty training.
working in hospitals throughout the UK are supported by the Central
Committee for Hospital Dental Services (CCHDS) and the Hospitals Group.
is concerned with all matters that involve hospital dental staff,
including issues related to hospital dentistry and acts as a conduit
between hospital dental staff and the British Medical Association (BMA)
which negotiates hospital terms and conditions of service.
Hospitals Group provides opportunities for high quality continuing
professional development, tailored to hospital dentists’ needs, and for
social contact with colleagues. The group runs study
days, events and courses, and the Annual Presidential and Scientific
The group’s remit is to promote public welfare by
encouraging and serving the scientific, clinical and social interests of
members of the dental profession in the hospital service.