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Scottish Council

The Scottish Council is the overarching committee in Scotland consisting of representatives from the Scottish ‘craft committees’ which advises the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC) on all matters relating to dentistry in Scotland, and liaises with BDA branches and sections.

What does the Scottish Council do?

The Scottish Council considers all matters relating to dentistry, excepting those issues covered by the granting of delegated powers to the Scottish Dental Practice Committee and the Scottish Public Dental Services Committee, and to deal with all such matters in conformity with the decisions of the BDA board.

 

Member updates

Correspondence with Scottish Government Ministers and the CDO

2022


Letter from CDO dated 1 April – de-escalation of Covid-19 IPC measures

Letter from CDO dated 4 April – changes to IPC Standard Operating Procedures

2021


Letter from CDO dated 20 December – managing the impact of Covid-19 over the Winter period


Letter from CDO dated 7 December – Infection, protection and control mitigations update


Letter from Cabinet Secretary dated 21 October – emergency funding support to be withdrawn by 1 April 2022.


Letter from CDO dated 10 September - Clarification on requirements of eligible equipment for the improvement allowance for electric speed adjusting hand pieces.

 

Letter to Cabinet Secretary dated 3 September – concerns regarding launch of free NHS dental care for 18-25 year olds on 24 August.

 

Letter from Cabinet Secretary dated 20 August – implementation of 100-day commitment to remove NHS dental charges for young people

 

Letter from CDO dated 13 August – DDRB recommendation.

 

Letter from CDO dated 8 July – review of IPC guidance.

 

Letter from CDO dated 29 June – activity measurements linked to Covid financial support suspended for NHS dental practices

 

Letter from CDO dated 21 June – SAPG-D recommendations on antibiotic prescribing

 

Letter from CDO dated 9 June – ventilation funding confirmed for NHS dental practices

 

Letter to Minister dated 3 June – joint letter from Scottish craft committee Chairs to highlight concerns about a range of issues, many of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

 

Letter to Minister on 10 March and reply dated 14 April re issues affecting dentists across Scotland

 

COVID-19 pandemic

Regular updates are provided via Coronavirus live updates.

 

PPE

Scotland: Update on PPE: Update on arrangements for PPE allocation in Scotland.


IPC

Scotland: Update on IPC: Updated FAQs on the NIPCM and SOP guidance in Scotland

 

Blogs

Scotland: Opening doors for students - How is the new bursary scheme in Scotland benefitting dental students and what other support is available to them?

 

Scotland: Putting dentistry on the political agenda - How our oral health manifesto is shaping election debate and what else the next Scottish Government needs to do to bridge oral health inequalities.

 

Scotland: Putting PDS in the spotlight - Graham Smith, Chair of the Scottish PDS Committee, highlights the massive backlog of unmet dental need and the future capacity concerns.

 

Scotland: COVID-19 impacts dental education and training - What impact has the pandemic had on dental education and training in Scotland? Colin Levey of the University of Dundee investigates.

 

Scotland: Our ongoing fight for dentists - David McColl outlines 10 things BDA Scotland is doing on your behalf right now and why it’s vital that we stick together.

 

BDA Scotland Manifesto

BDA Scotland has now published its 2021 Manifesto: Bridging the Gap: Tackling Oral Health Inequalities and is calling on the incoming Scottish Parliament to pledge its support for a five-point plan for better oral health in Scotland:

 

  • Address the backlog of unmet dental care need

  • Promote prevention to help tackle oral health inequalities

  • Ensure NHS dentistry remains sustainable

  • Improve access for vulnerable groups

  • Integrate oral health with wider public health priorities.

We are acutely aware of the growing impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having on your professional and personal lives. In light of this, BDA Scotland has been working with the Scottish Government to produce a mental health and wellbeing resource for dentists and their teams across Scotland.

 

The compilation highlights guidance and wide support resources available for you as and when you may need it. It includes a range of UK-wide resources including the NHS Occupational Health Advice and Guidance Services which we secured, alongside the Scottish Dental Practice Committee, in 2018 to support dentists and their teams. The service is delivered through the NHS Boards.

 

The new resource has also been published on Scottish Dental.

 

Please see our campaign Tackling stress in dentistry for more information.


Scottish Government PCAs

​2022
Memorandum to PDA(D)(2022)4 outlines details of the dental sustainability funding allocated to NHS practices

Memorandum to PDA(D)(2022)3 outlines changes to revised payment arrangements from April 2022   

Memorandum to PDA(D)(2022)2 details changes to the NHS Recruitment and Retention Allowances

​Memorandum to PCA(D)(2022)1 provides details of changes to the SDR from 1 February 2022
​2021

Memorandum to PCA(D)(2021)8 provides details about the revised Scottish Dental Access Initiative


Memorandum to PCA(D)(2021)7 provides details of changes to SDR regarding the 2021/2022 pay award for GDPs


Memorandum to PCA(D)(2021)6 provides details of the improvement allowance for electric speed adjusting (red band) handpieces


Memorandum to PCA(D)(2021)5 provides details of changes to Determination X of the SDR - contractors in a surrogacy arrangement

 

Memorandum to PCA(D)(2021)3 details of ventilation funding for NHS practices


Memorandum to PCA(D)(2021)02 advises changes to the calculation of maternity, paternity and adoptive leave payments, and to long-term sickness payments


Memorandum to PCA(D)(2021)01 provides guidance to GDP’s on how to receive the £500 one-off payment for helping Scotland cope with the pandemic


 

Consultations

ARHAI Scotland AGPs review

ARHAI Scotland AGPs review update: BDA Response


Universities (Scotland) Act 1966

BDA Scotland Response - Reinstating the Ability of University of St Andrews to Award Certain Degrees and Licenses.


Ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people

Consultation - Final response - Ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people.

Scottish Council Representatives

The Scottish Council members for 2022-2024 are:

 

East Branch representatives

Nick Baker, Edinburgh
Colwyn Jones, Edinburgh

 

North Branch representatives
Robert Donald, Nairn, Chair
Carly Fraser, Aberdeen, Vice Chair

 

West Branch representatives

David Cross, Glasgow
Albert Yeung, Lanarkshire

 

Scottish Dental Practice Committee representatives

David McColl, Glasgow, Chair

Josephine Weir, Vice Chair, Gourock

Harriet Liddicott, Aberdeen


Scottish Hospital Dentists Reference Group

John Ho-A-Yun, Lead

 

SPDSC Representatives

Phil MacCallum, Chair

Graham Smith, Isle of Syke, Vice Chair

Clinical Academic Reference Group

Simon Shepherd, Dundee Dental School

 

Representative of Scottish Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors

John Hoayun

Young Dentist Committee Representative

To be confirmed

 

One member of the Principal Executive Committee elected by members in Scotland

Laura Cross, Glasgow

Principal Executive Committee Members

Eddie Crouch, BDA PEC Chair
Peter Crooks, BDA PEC Deputy Chair

Meeting dates 2022

17 March
18 August
1 December

 

Get in touch

For more information, please contact committee Secretary Elaine Bruce elaine.bruce@bda.org.
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