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Scottish Dental Practice Committee

Subject to the authority of our board, the Scottish Dental Practice Committee represents all non-salaried general dental practitioners practising in the NHS or privately, including orthodontists and assistants, working in Scotland.

What does Scottish Dental Practice Committee (SDPC) do?

SDPC’s role is to negotiate with NHS Boards and the Scottish Government Directorate for Population Health and other appropriate bodies, on matters relating to the delivery and remuneration of dental services provided by non-salaried general dental practitioners, including orthodontists and assistants, working in Scotland and to liaise with the General Dental Practice Committee and Scottish Council.


Members updates

SDPC correspondence with Scottish Government Ministers and CDO


Letter from Cabinet Secretary dated 23 September – next steps for multiplier reform

Letter to Cabinet Secretary dated 5 September – waiting lists for paediatric extractions under general anaesthetic

Letter from CDO dated 19 July – reminder about SG NHS survey and CDO Advisory Group

Letter to Cabinet Secretary dated 13 July – dismay at reduction of IoS multiplier

Letter from Cabinet Secretary dated 28 June next steps for multiplier reform

Letter to CDO dated 15 June – retaining IoS multiplier at its current level


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

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

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Letter from Cabinet Secretary dated 21 October – emergency funding support to be withdrawn by 1 April 2022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 to Cabinet Secretary dated 17 June - priority issues facing the dental profession


Letter from Cabinet Secretary dated 15 June – legislative instrument for free NHS dental care for young people


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 CDO dated 17 May - update on financial support, ventilation and other issues.


Letter from CDO dated 13 April - update on ventilation survey, LFD testing and the COVID-19 Surveillance Programme


Letter from CDO dated 31 March - ventilation survey for NHS practices


Letter from CDO dated 23 March - Scottish Government to address maternity pay shortfall


Letter from Minister dated 16 March - new intermediate funding arrangements for NHS dentistry outlined


Letter to Minister dated 10 March with reply from CDO dated 14 April - introduction to committee chairs and current issues in dentistry


Letter to Cabinet Secretary dated 16 February with reply from CDO dated 24 February - support for UK, EU, international and final year Aberdeen students


Letter to Cabinet Secretary dated 2 February with reply dated 15 February - request for support for dental students who are required to take additional periods of study


Letter to Cabinet Secretary dated 19 January with reply dated 20 January - call to reduce bureaucracy for COVID vaccination training


Reply from Cabinet Secretary dated 13 January - request for capital funding for ventilation


Letter from CDO and National Clinical Director dated 8 January - advice for wholly private practices following latest lockdown


Letter from CDO dated 5 January - activity measurement delayed following latest lockdown


Reform of NHS Dental Services

The Scottish Government is engaging in a process to develop and shape a revised Determination 1 of the Statement of Dental Remuneration. 

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, in his letter of 28 June 2022, outlined plans to set up a CDO Advisory Group as part of the reform programme. NHS Boards put forward nominees from their Board areas from the dentists and members of the dental team, who volunteered to participate.

The Advisory Group was established to provide short life consultative comments and advice to the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) about the development and shape of a revised Determination I.

Representatives from the BDA Scottish Dental Practice Committee and Scottish Government will engage in meetings on payment reform for the revised Determination 1 and this work is due to start in January 2023.

Notes of all the Advisory Group workshops and the BDA and Scottish Government representative meetings, will be in the public domain and can be found here.

Notes of the meetings between BDA and Scottish Government representatives will be agreed by both parties.


Pay Uplift for Dentists in Scotland

On 1 December the Scottish Government applied a 3% pay uplift for GDPs. This was the figure recommended in the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) report for 2021/2022, and was backdated to 1 April. We expressed our disappointment that the uplift was not applied to all allowances – we estimate the true increase to be around 2.2%-2.3%, rather than the full 3%.

To reflect the latest uplift, we have updated our Fees Guide  which aims to assist practices by summarising the most frequently used codes and charges listed in the SDR.


We are awaiting information regarding the 2022/2023 pay award and are expecting the DDRB to publish their report in July 2022. 

Scottish Government PCAs


Memorandum to PCA(D)(2022)8 Amendment No 158 to the SDR – Pay Award for GDPs

Letter from Cabinet Secretary dated 04 October – PCA(D)(2022)7 – Reintroduction of patient signatures / revised forms GP17(PR), GP17(O)(PR)

Memorandum to PDA(D)(2022)6 outlines several changes to various individual and practice dental allowances within the SDR

Memorandum to PDA(D)(2022)5 outlines the process for practices to apply for the Improvement Allowance to replace and/or repair dental equipment

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

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)4 provides details of the 100-day commitment – removal of NHS dental charges for young people

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



SDPC Working Groups

There are currently no active SDPC working groups. Further details to be added in due course.

SDPC Representatives

Grampian, Highland, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland
Morven Gordon-Duff, Aberdeen
Michelle Hutcheon, Orkney 
Tayside, Fife and Forth Valley
Jeffrey Ellis, Coupar Angus (Executive Sub-committee)
Gillian Lennox, Stenhousemuir (Executive Sub-committee)
Lothian and Borders
Karen Polland, Livingston
John Davidson, Edinburgh
Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway
Donald Morrison, Kilmarnock
John Hyland, Hamilton 
Greater Glasgow and Clyde
David McColl, Glasgow (Chair and Executive Sub-committee)
Clare Murphy, Glasgow (Executive Sub-committee)
Josephine Weir, Gourock (Vice Chair and Executive Sub-committee)
BDA Branch Representatives
North - Carly Fraser 
West - Jacqueline Frederick
East - Rachel Reid
Representatives of the Scottish Conference of Local Dental Committees
Christina Ferry - Chair of LDC Conference
Hazel Hannigan - Chair Elect of Conference
Helen Dennison - Conference Representative to SDPC
Early Career Dentist Representative
Harriet Liddicott, Aberdeen 
Associate Dentist Representative
Matthew Dickie, Nairn 
Principal Executive Committee Members
Eddie Crouch, Chair of the PEC 
Peter Crooks, Deputy Chair of the PEC

Observer Status - Scottish Orthodontic Specialist Group
Colin Chambers
Observer Status - BMA Scottish General Practice Committee Representative
Susannah Mitchell


Meeting dates 2022

Wednesday 9 February

Wednesday 11 May

The initial meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 14 September 2022 however, it was delayed and moved to Wednesday 28 September 2022.


All meetings are currently held by videoconference at 13:30hrs.


SDPC Constitution

SDPC Constitution Revision August 2021


BDA  Scotland Fees Guide 2022-23

BDA Scotland Fees Guide 2022-23  

The document is produced as a service to BDA members. Although every effort is made to ensure its accuracy, the BDA will not accept responsibility for any loss or damages that might result for any inaccuracies found within the guide. 

Get in touch

For more information, please contact Samantha Robertson samantha.robertson@bda.org.