The west of Scotland BDA is one of the more than 21 branches of the BDA across the UK. It is our role to help local members get the most from their membership. We do this by representing them on a Scottish and UK level and by providing quality CPD events which help improve day-to-day practice and update knowledge of recent developments in dentistry.
The West of Scotland Branch covers a wide geographical area and consists of:
Argyll & Bute
The west of Scotland branch is the BDA Scotland directorate and our National Director is Phil Grigor.
The main role of the BDA Scotland office is to be the first point of contact for BDA members based in Scotland. BDA Scotland provides guidance to members on remuneration, terms and conditions of service and regulatory matters relating to Scotland. The office is also involved in negotiations with the Scottish Government Health Directorates on behalf of the profession and raises awareness and lobbies members of Scottish Parliament on issues related to dentistry including: service delivery, education and patient care.
The office, through the National Director, provides information and briefings to the media and develops external relationships with key stakeholders. Staff within the office provide support for the BDA Scotland committees, including BDA Scottish Council, and assist in the development of policies and strategies on issues relating to dentistry in Scotland. Staff within the office also help to organise and provide support for a number of events held in Scotland including the BDA Scottish Scientific Conference and the Conference of Scottish Local Dental Committees.
The Scottish Dental Practice Committee represents GDPs in Scotland, whether practising privately or on the NHS.
It negotiates with NHS Boards, Island Health Boards, Community Health Partnerships and the Scottish Government Directorates for Health and Social Care Integration and other appropriate bodies on matters relating to the delivery and remuneration of dental services. It also liaises with Scottish Council and GDPC.
Motions which are passed at the Scottish Conference of LDCs are then debated again by SDPC, and help to inform their policies.