The “’carrot and stick’ approach to welfare reform will not work when most people are already struggling to access NHS dental care” says ADG

Under the government’s new Back to Work Plan, announced in today’s Autumn Statement, welfare claimants who refuse to engage in job seeking activities will be lose access to NHS dental care, free prescriptions and other benefits. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has made clear the reforms will not apply to claimants with children or disabilities. No commitment […]

ADG Applauds Workforce Survey

Neil Carmichael, Executive Chair of ADG, has been quoted in Dental Review News on the new GDC workforce survey.  To read the full article, please visit: ADG Applauds Workforce Survey (

ADG welcomes long overdue moves to tackle international registration delays

The Association of Dental Groups has welcomed the announcement by the General Dental Council today to increase the number of Part 2 sittings of the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) for dentists from three to four next year, and an increase in the size of the GDC registration casework team to tackle the backlog in overseas […]

MPs inquiry into NHS dentistry is a “blueprint” for election manifestos

The ADG has welcomed the Health and Social Care Select Committee report on NHS dentistry published today as a blueprint for the political parties General Election manifestos for the next Government to secure a sustainable future for NHS dental services. Today’s report from the Health and Social Care Committee describes evidence of pain and distress […]

ADG welcomes expansion of dental training in NHS Long Term Workforce Plan

The Association of Dental Groups has welcomed the publication of the first ever Long Term Workforce Plan published by the NHS and backed by the Government today. The Workforce Plan sets out how the NHS will address existing vacancies and meet the challenges of a growing and aging population by recruiting and retaining hundreds of […]

ADG welcomes long overdue expansion of the Overseas Registration Examination

The Association of Dental Groups has welcomed the announcement by the General Dental Council to triple the number of places available for candidates at sittings of Part 1 of the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) for dentists from 200 to 600. Passing the ORE is a requirement for overseas dentists from countries outside the EEA to […]

“Six to Fix” for Scotland’s oral health inequalities

Following the ADG’s first roundtable meeting of its new Scotland branch in February in Edinburgh the trade body has launched their Scottish “Six to Fix” policy proposals to narrow oral health inequalities in Scotland and create a more sustainable workforce in NHS dentistry. All four nations, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have embarked on […]

ADG goes Stateside in new international partnership

The ADG has hosted a visit to UK dental practices this month with its sister organisation from the United States, the Association of Dental Support Organisations. Following an introductory meeting between the two organisations last year in New York, the ADG team of Neil Carmichael, Clinical Director Sandra White and Operational Director Ruth Chesmore hosted […]