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Northern Ireland

We provide a local point of contact for BDA members living and working in Northern Ireland, as well as providing strategic support and advice to BDA committees in Northern Ireland.

BDA Northern Ireland and its elected committee members seek to improve conditions for the delivery of dental services across the country, negotiating with elected representatives and Government bodies.

Dentists working in Northern Ireland are represented through the Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee, Northern Ireland Salaried Dentists Committee, and Northern Ireland Council

Northern Ireland is also represented through one seat on the board (PEC), which sets our policy and strategic direction.

BDA NI seeks to influence other key-decision makers, including educational institutions, elected representatives, statutory, and non-statutory organisations.

Our committees meet regularly to consider the issues affecting the dental profession and patient care. BDA representatives take these issues forward into discussion and negotiation with elected representatives, Government bodies and the range of bodies responsible for delivery of health and social care.


BDA Northern Ireland also has an active Branch and groups which run regular events, most of which are free for members.


Latest news and blogs

Coronavirus - latest information for dental practitioners


Find our latest blogs online.


​8 April 20
Coronavirus: A first hand account of working in an urgent dental care centre in NI
​2 April 20
COVID-19 in Northern Ireland: Your issues are being heard
​1 April 20
COVID-19: NI dentists volunteer in huge numbers for new emergency service
​20 March 20
Financial support measures a 'vital lifeline' to NI dental practices
​19 March 20
COVID-19: Financial mitigation measures 'at final stage' in Northern Ireland
​18 March 20
Making the case for dentistry at Stormont
​13 March 20
COVID-19: ​Important progress made in Northern Ireland on financial mitigation measures
​5 March 20Minister approves pay award for dentists in Northern Ireland
​18 Feb 20 Levy Fund change comes in to effect from 1 March 2020
​10 Feb 20Getting all dentists' voices heard: BDA launches major review of governance
​6 Feb 20An update on the pay uplift for dentists in Northern Ireland

Consultations (NI and UK wide)

​March 19

DoH Hyponatraemia Implementation Programme
BDA NI Duty of Candour Workstream submission

​August 18

​Westminster Inquiry - funding priorities 2018-19 Health Budget

BDA response to Westminster Inquiry - funding priorities for 2018-19 Health Budget



​BDA Northern Ireland

The Mount,
2 Woodstock Link,


Tel: 020 7935 0875


​Staff based in Northern Ireland

Tristen Kelso​

Iain Hoy
National Director, BDA Northern Ireland

Senior Policy Advisor
Laura Orr
Committee and Administration Support Officer

Staff based outside Northern Ireland

​Alan Pitcaithley

David Paul
​Practice Management Consultant for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Employment Relations Officer


We may record telephone conversations to offer you additional security, resolve complaints, for regulatory compliance and to improve our service standards. Conversations may also be monitored for staff training purposes. You will be alerted to this when you call.