ADG calls for new dental school places to form part of NHS Workforce Plan

Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Association of Dental Groups (ADG) has responded to The Times newspaper report “NHS want to double medical school places”  with a call for new dental school places in the East of England where access to NHS dentistry is at crisis point to form part of the NHS Workforce Plan. The […]

ADG launches Scotland branch to engage in Scottish NHS dentistry reform

  The ADG launched the first roundtable meeting of its new Scotland branch on Thursday 16th February in Edinburgh. Attendees included representatives from ADG members Clyde Munro, BUPA Dentalcare, my dentist and Portman together with prospective new members.  The meeting discussed and agreed the ADG’s “Six to Fix” policy proposals to narrow oral health inequalities […]

ADG issues 2023 Brexit warning for NHS dentistry

The ADG has issued a “Brexit warning” for dentistry in 2023 following the publication of “Health and Brexit” by the Nuffield Trust[1] which found the number of EU trained dentists registering in the UK has halved since the referendum and “has never recovered”. The report states that before the EU referendum consistently well over 500 dentists […]

This must be the beginning of the journey to reform of NHS dental contracts

ADG believes “This must be the beginning of the journey to reform of NHS dental contracts” The Association of Dental Groups has welcomed the publication today of the package of initial reforms to the NHS dental contract as a “first step on the road” to making it easier to access NHS care but warned that […]

Growth of “dental tourism” could add to pressure on access to dentistry in UK

The Association of Dental Groups has responded to the British Dental Association’s survey of 1000 dentists released today highlighting evidence of a growth in “dental tourism” and the potential consequences of going abroad for “cut price treatment.” The BDA survey of clinicians found that the most important factors influencing patients to seek care abroad were […]

England’s Dental Deserts and the urgent need to level up access to dentistry

In May the ADG published a new report highlighting the recruitment crisis in NHS dentistry and the parts of England at most risk of becoming “dental deserts” without government action.  The top 10 parts of England identified with the lowest number of NHS dentists per 100,000 of population were: North Lincolnshire CCG                        32 NHS dentists […]

ADG welcomes extra funding for NHS dentistry

The ADG has welcomed the announcement today of an additional £50 million funding injection into NHS dentistry this year to help recovery of services. One off funding has been announced by the Government to prioritise additional appointments for children, people with learning disabilities, autism or severe mental health problems until the end of the financial […]

New Year Honour for Dr Sandra White

Dr Sandra White, Clinical Director of the Association of Dental Groups and former National Lead for Dental Public Health,  Public Health England has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to dental public health and COVID-19. Neil Carmichael, Chair of the ADG welcomed the news saying; “Congratulation to Sandra, and […]