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Scottish Dental Practice Committee

Subject to the authority of the Principal Executive Committee, Scottish Dental Practice Committee represents all non-salaried general dental practitioners practising in the NHS and/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.


Policy Document


SDPC Agenda & Reports

Agendas and meeting reports are available to download below for the Scottish Dental Practice Committee.  

​SDPC Sept 2020 Agenda
​SDPC Sept 2020 Report
​SDPC Aug 2020 Agenda
SDPC Aug 2020 Report

SDPC Feb 2020 Agenda        

SDPC Feb 2020 Report

SDPC May 2020 Agenda 
​SDPC May 2020 Report

Members updates

SDPC Correspondence with Scottish Government Ministers and CDO


Pay Uplift for Dentists in Scotland

Following the publication of the DDRB’s report for 2020/21, the Scottish Government has accepted the pay increase recommendation of 2.8 per cent for GDPs. As in previous years, the increase will apply to gross item of service fees and capitation and continuing care payments. As NHS dental contractors will also continue to receive top-up emergency payments, subject to certain conditions, SG has  applied the full value of the award to capitation and continuing care payments on the following items: 

  • Item 41(a)(i), (iii), and (vi) – Capitation Payments 

  • Item 45(a) and (b) – Continuing Care Payments 

The award will be paid in lines 1 and 2 under “additional payments & recoveries” of the e-schedule report. As orthodontists do not receive capitation and continuing care payments instead the pay award will be applied through line 7 of their monthly schedules. This will be based on a 2.8 per cent increase on average earnings over the assessment period. The pay awards will be included in the November/paid December 2020 schedules and will include a backdated element from 1 April 2020.

Scottish Government PCAs

The attached PCA memorandum provides information about the inclusion of aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) during COVID-19.  

The attached PCA memorandum provides information about the arrangements and fees for dentists and dental bodies corporate participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination programme for 2020/21

The attached PCA memorandum provides information about the remobilisation of NHS Dental Services: Phase 4 including information about the 2020/21 pay award 

Memorandum to PDC(D)(2020)14 advises of the opportunity to involve NHS dental contractors in the COVID-19 vaccination programme

Memorandum to PDC(D)(2020)10 provides information on Phase 3; advises of the remobilisation of NHS dental services

Memorandum to PCA(D)(2020)9 provides information on Phase 1; the expansion of urgent dental care centres; and, Phase 2; the standing up of dental practices initially to see urgent patients for non-aerosol generating procedure (AGP) care. Also attached is SDR Determination I Amendment 144

Memorandum to PCA(D)(2020)8 provides information on financial support measures for mixed practices.

Memorandum to PCA(D)(2020)7 provides revised financial support measures for independent dental contractors and dental bodies corporates


Memorandum to PCA(D)(2020)6 provides information and guidance to independent contractors, (dentists and dental bodies corporate) providing NHS General Dental Services (GDS) on the steps to take during the COVID-19 outbreak


SDPC Working Groups

SDPC set up a New Funding Model Working Group in October 2020 gather ideas and suggestions about a new NHS GDS funding model that would replace the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR). The outcomes will  be collated to provide a workable solution to be presented to Scottish Government. The BDA/SDPC had been informed that they will be invited to take part in discussions with SG to consider a new funding model in due course.

SDPC Representatives

Grampian, Highland, Western Isles, Orkney and  Shetland

Morven Gordon-Duff, Guest / Observer (non voting member)
Harriet Liddicott, Guest / Observer (non voting member)

Tayside, Fife and Forth Valley

Jeffrey Ellis, Coupar Angus (Executive Sub-committee)
 Amy Harper, Guest / Observer )no voting member)

Lothian and Borders

Mark McCutcheon, Edinburgh 
John Davidson, Edinburgh

Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway

Donald Morrison, Kilmarnock (Executive Sub-committee)
Gordon Stewart, Cumbernauld

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

David McColl, Glasgow (Chair) (Executive Sub-committee)
Kenneth McDonald, Glasgow (Executive Sub-committee)
Josephine Weir, Gourock

BDA Branch Representatives

North: Vacant seat
West - Jacqueline Frederick
East - Rachel Reid

Representatives of the Scottish Conference of Local Dental Committees

Judith Brady - Chair of LDC Conference (Executive Sub-committee)
Lindsay Milton - Chair Elect of Conference
Clare Murphy - Conference Representative to SDPC (Executive Sub-committee)

Young Dentists Committee Representative

Vacant seat

Principal Executive Committee Members

Eddie Crouch, Chair of the PEC 
Peter Crooks, Deputy Chair of the PEC

Observer Status - Scottish Orthodontic Specialist Group

Robert Irvine 

Observer Status - BMA Scottish General Practice Committee Representative

Susannah Mitchell

Meeting Dates 2021

Wednesday 10 February 

Wednesday 12 May

Wednesday 15 September

All meetings are held at the BDA Scotland office, Forsyth House, Lomond Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK4 7TU at 13.30hrs. During the COVID-19 outbreak meetings are being held by video conference.

SDPC Constitution

SDPC Constitution Revision February 2018


BDA  Scotland Fees Guide 2020-21

BDA Scotland Fees Guide 2020-21 reflects the 2020/21 pay award 

The document is produced as a service to BDA members. Although ever 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 Elaine Bruce