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​BDA Scotland seeks effective cooperation with the new Directors of Dentistry

30 April 2019

BDA Scotland aims to build effective working relationships and strong communication links with the new Directors of Dentistry from the NHS Boards.

The Directors of Dentistry have been set up by Scottish Government to ensure a strategic approach across primary and secondary care service planning and to focus on oral health improvements within each NHS Board.

NHS Greater Glasgow recently appointed a permanent Chief of Dentistry – Lee Savarrio –  and the other NHS Boards have appointed an interim Director of Dentistry. The Scottish Government anticipates that all substantive Directors will be confirmed by autumn 2019.

At a recent introductory meeting, BDA Scotland and a number of Directors of Dentistry discussed a range of issues, including the roles and responsibilities of the interim Directors, funding for the roles; and the Directors links within NHS Boards, and communication with Scottish Government.

The initial five priorities in the Scottish Government's Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) were also discussed, including local implementation.

The BDA has previously raised issues and concerns voiced by members over the implementation of the Plan, and the need for a viable and sustainable plan for dentistry. We have said there is not enough detail about timescales, outcomes or funding to implement the actions, and we have been calling on Scottish Government to respond.

A further meeting with the Directors of Dentistry will be arranged in the autumn, once permanent appointments have been made. We will continue to represent BDA members' views to NHS Boards and to progress specific local issues.


BDA Scotland

BDA Scotland supports, represents and promotes, the interests of all dentists working in Scotland. Working with elected committee members, we negotiate on behalf of the profession on terms and conditions, and pay and contracts. Join us.