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BDA 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 BDA's Principle Executive Committee, our executive board, which sets our policy and strategic direction.

We seek 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 regualr events, most of which are free for members.


Latest news and blogs


​5 Nov 2019
Westminster report recommendation for new Northern Ireland Oral Health Strategy highly significant
​17 Oct 2019
Oral health take centre stage at Stormont
​10 Oct 2019
Get involved with the Northern Ireland Branch Council and BDA Benevolent Fund
​2 Oct 2019
Consultation launches for an 'opt-out' levy model for Northern Ireland LDCs
​17 Sept 2019
Northern Ireland needs to reconnect oral health with wider health policy
​3 Sept 2019
Decade-long collapse in NI dentists' earnings' confirmed by latest official figures 
​14 Aug 2019
BDA Northern Ireland welcomes online access to pension statements
​14 Aug 2019
Blog: Should dentists 'do less' to avoid punitive taxes on thier NHS pensions?
​9 Aug 2019
Mark Bishop elected to BDA Board
​23 July 2019
More timely pay uplifts called for by Northern Ireland Practitioners
​16 July 2019
Dentists express concern Statement of Dental Renumeration errors

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

​May 18

​GDC Clear and Certain: a new framework for fee setting

BDA response to GDC Clear and Certain: a new framework for fee setting

​April 18

​SDCEP - Phase-down of Dental Amalgam Use
BDA response - SDCEP Amalgam consultation



​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
​Practice Management Consultant for Scotland and Northern Ireland


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.