The Group supports Community Dentists (salaried dentists working in
Community Dental Services (CDS), PDS, PCTDS or DACs) throughout the UK
by providing opportunities for high quality CPD, specially tailored to
CDS needs. The Group works hard to develop study days, events &
courses and the Annual Presidential and Scientific Meeting is one of the
highlights of the calendar.
Structure of the Group
The CDS Group represents dentists as
described above, working throughout the UK through its thirteen regional
Divisions. National members are then elected to the Group's General
The Group is primarily concerned with the educational and support needs
of dentists working in CDS, PDS, PCTDS or DACs. It regularly organises
postgraduate courses, often in conjunction with other specialist
societies. It has strong links with SDC which negotiates terms and
conditions of employment on behalf the above groups.
CDS Group aims
To promote the objects and aims of the
Association and to foster and maintain cordial relations between
members of the Group and other sections of the profession.
To assist and advise the Association in promoting and safeguarding the interests of all members of the Group.
advance the interests of the Community Dental Services; by the
cultivation of a professional spirit among members of the Group, by
consideration of subjects appertaining to dental and allied science, and
to promote Division and Sub-Divisions for the furtherance of these
To provide a forum for the dissemination of
information relating to the Community Dental Services and to gather
information and opinion on matters affecting the services from members
of the Group.
BDA members who are employed by an NHS Trust providing CDS, PDS, PCTDS and DACs services.
Please email Andrea Greatrex to be added to the CDS Group membership list.
CDS Annual, Presidential & Scientific Meeting 2017
The next conference will take place in Cheltenham, hosted by President Elect Diana Gould. Further details on the event, including how to book will follow.
Poster Competition at CDS Annual, Presidential & Scientific Meeting 2017
Further information to be announced.
CDS Group Management Committee
The Group Management Committee manages the affairs of the Group between annual general meetings.
Chair: Gill Greenwood
Honorary Treasurer: Jessica Rowley
President: Simon Utting 2016-2017
President Elect: Diana Gould 2017-2018
Secretary: Andrea Greatrex
Meeting dates for 2017 are 16 January, 12 June, 11 September.
Committee members travelling to meetings can find an expense claim form available to download at the bottom of the page.
Quality in Dental Services Scheme
for assessment for the QIDS scheme have been temporarily suspended
whilst discussions take place about the possibility of linking the
scheme with the BDA Good Practice Scheme.
For those services working towards the assessment please continue to do
so. At a recent assessment, the service commented that ‘all the
evidence they had collected for QIDS had proved very useful during a CQC
Trust inspection and the Trust had been very impressed’. For further
updates or queries please e-mail CDS.Group@hotmail.co.uk
CDS Group newsletter
The CDS group publishes a newsletter twice a year, giving updates on relevant events and much more. The newsletter is now sent out via email, if you are not receiving a copy please contact Andrea Greatrex.