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About our work

The BDA and its elected committees seek to improve conditions for the delivery of dental services across Northern Ireland, negotiating with elected representatives and government bodies, as well as influencing other key-decision makers, including educational institutions and non-statutory organisations.

National priorities

In Northern Ireland we have found a dichotomy between dentists enjoying significant growth in private earnings and those for whom NHS dentistry is increasingly failing to generate sustainable returns. We look to the Government to establish a model of care that properly incentivises NHS care.

We are calling on the Government to:

  • Present a GDS contract that is attractive and financially sustainable
  • Target better oral health for children and the older population, guided by an updated Oral Health Strategy
  • Deliver a Dental Workforce Plan incorporating, 'a people-first approach'
  • Get to grips with oral health inequalities 
  • Apply a strategic approach to dental reform.

Committee representation

Dentists working in Northern Ireland are represented through the 

Northern Ireland also holds one seat on the Principal Executive Committee (PEC), which sets our policy and strategic direction.

Staff based in Northern Ireland

Tristen Kelso​ - National Director, BDA Northern Ireland

Julie Williams-Nash - Senior Policy Advisor

Johan Warwick - Committee and Administration Support Officer

Staff based outside Northern Ireland

​Alan Pitcaithley - ​Practice Management Consultant for Scotland and Northern Ireland

David Paul - Employment Relations Officer

Stay in touch 

Members: If you'd like to be kept informed about developments make sure your contact details are up-to-date on your My BDA account and tick the boxes 'News & campaigns' and 'Member newsletters' under 'Communication preferences' to get latest news updates.

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Contact our Northern Ireland office

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Upcoming events 

BDA Northern Ireland has an active Branch which run regular events, most of which are free for members. Our Northern Ireland branch programme covers all of the events coming up for the year.