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Priorities for dentistry in England - contract reform, professional regulation, integrated oral healthcare, training and education, and post-pandemic recovery and support

Morning, Tuesday, 21st June 2022

This conference focuses on key issues for the future of dentistry in England.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the future amid ongoing dental contract reform, and to assess whether the NHS contract requirements set out by the Chief Dental Officer for England at the start of April go far enough to support the sector - as well as service recovery following pandemic disruption, with funding aimed at managing backlogs.

Delegates will also look at the impact of the development of integrated care systems on dentistry - including navigating changes to commissioning, the impact of pooled budgets, and the role of dentistry in the wider drive to improve prevention.

Further sessions in the agenda look at:

  • care quality and professional regulation
  • support for the sector
  • training and education

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Stefan Czerniawski, Executive Director, General Dental Council; Professor Jennifer Gallagher, Newland-Pedley Professor of Oral Health Strategy, King’s College London; and John Milne, Senior National Dental Advisor, CQC.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • dental contract reform - assessing initial changes ◦ implications for the sector ◦ impact of the COVID-19 environment ◦ providing clarity following prototype practices being dropped
  • targets - support for practices ◦ long-term COVID-19 management ◦ ventilation & infection control measures ◦ addressing concerns around the future sustainability of the profession
  • workforce - dentistry education & training reform following the Advancing Dental Care Review ◦ training to meet specific population oral health needs ◦ workforce retention
  • service restoration - addressing backlogs in balance with safety & infection control ◦ the impact of funding ◦ balancing routine appointment catch-up with delivering emergency dental care
  • integrated care - changes to commissioning ◦ the impact of pooled budgets on dentistry ◦ the role of dentistry in wider focus on prevention
  • professional regulation - indemnity costs ◦ options for streamlining lower-value clinical negligence claims

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DHSC; and HM Treasury; along with Parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.

Keynote Speakers

John Milne

Senior National Dental Advisor, CQC

Professor Jennifer Gallagher

Newland-Pedley Professor of Oral Health Strategy, King’s College London

Keynote Speakers

Stefan Czerniawski

Executive Director, General Dental Council

Professor Jennifer Gallagher

Newland-Pedley Professor of Oral Health Strategy, King’s College London

John Milne

Senior National Dental Advisor, CQC


Mark Jones

Campaign Coordinator, Toothless in England

John Makin

Head, Dental Defence Union

Keith Percival

Honorary Secretary, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Dental Committee

Dr Philip Gowers

Chair, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Dental Committee

Dr Graham Adlard

Director, Larkham House Dental Practice

Dr Ben Atkins

Trustee and Immediate Past President, Oral Health Foundation; and Clinical Director, Revive Dental Care

Diane Rochford

President, British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Tom King

Head of Policy, British Dental Association

Dr Sondos Albadri

President, British Society of Paediatric Dentistry

Dr Gary Mitchell

Chair, Royal College of Nursing’s Older People’s Forum; and Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast