Dentistry in Wales



The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee undertook a one-day inquiry on dentistry in Wales.

The Welsh Government’s Together for Health: A National Oral Health Plan for Wales 2013-18 set the direction for oral health and dental services improvement in Wales, and an Annual Report on the Plan is available for 2016-17.

The terms of reference for the Committee’s inquiry were:

  • Scrutinise the Welsh Government’s dental contract reform;
  • Consider how ‘clawback money’ from health boards is being used;
  • Consider issues with the training, recruitment and retention of dentists in Wales;
  • Consider the provision of orthodontic services;
  • Consider the effectiveness of local and national oral health improvement programmes for children and young people.


Evidence sessions


Evidence session

Date, Agenda and Minutes



1. British Dental Association Wales

Dr Caroline Seddon, Director, British Dental Association

Tom Bysouth, Chair of the Welsh General Dental Committee, British Dental Association

Christie Owen, Policy and Committee Officer, British Dental Association

27 September 2018

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2. British Orthodontic Society

Benjamin Lewis, Consultant Orthodontist, Wrexham Maelor and Glan Clwyd Hospitals, British Orthodontic Society

27 September 2018

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3. NHS Confederation and representatives of Local Health Boards

Lindsay Davies, Head of Primary Care, Primary and Community Services Delivery Unit, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University

Karl Bishop, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Craige Wilson, Assistant Director of Primary Care, Children’s and Community Services, Cwm Taf University Health Board

Vicki Jones, Clinical Director of the Community Dental Services and Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Aneurin Bevan Health Board

27 September 2018

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4. Wales Deanery and the School of Dentistry, Cardiff University

Professor David Thomas, Director Postgraduate Dental Education, Wales Deanery

Dr Richard Herbert, Associate Dean, Wales Deanery

Professor Alastair Sloan, Head of School, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University

27 September 2018

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5. Chief Dental Officer

Dr Colette Bridgman, Chief Dental Officer

Frances Duffy, Director, Primary Care and Innovation, Welsh Government

Andrew Powell-Chandler, Head of Dental Policy, Welsh Government

27 September 2018

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Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 09/07/2018