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​Getting all dentists' voices heard: BDA launches major review of governance

10 February 2020


The BDA is asking all dentists to help set out ideas to help the body better reflect the profession it serves.   


The survey, launched today, forms part of an important review into BDA governance and policy making processes looking at practical ways to better reflect the diversity that exists within dentistry, whether in terms of gender, ethnicity, age or type of practice. This could be through providing opportunities for leadership training and shadowing, as well as mentorship and encouraging younger dentists to get involved with the BDA at national and local levels.


The BDA is asking members for views on election processes and ideas such as protected seats for dentists in particular areas of practice or particular characteristics, such as gender or ethnicity, on our Principal Executive Committee which determines the strategic direction of the BDA, deciding on how best to work for our members.


Currently, for most BDA committees, elections are conducted on an openly competitive basis, with some seats already protected on a geographical basis to ensure a spread of representation across the country.


The survey is open to all dentists. Everyone completing the 5-minute survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a £200 gift card


BDA Chief Executive Martin Woodrow said:


"Today all associations and trade unions are facing up to similar challenges, to reflect and look like the professions they serve.


"We recognise the work that needs to be done to ensure the voices of an increasingly diverse profession are heard at the top table.


"Practice owner and associate, general practice and community, male and female, we know this diversity takes many forms.


"We are determined to take a lead. And that has to start with the views of this profession - members and non-members alike."