The ADG has identified four main objectives:
- The work of the ADG will promote and encourage preventative oral healthcare.
- The ADG will support and promote the Government’s Prevention agenda, in particular how dentistry can contribute to reducing costs via helping to indicate key diseases such as diabetes, obesity, oral cancer.
- We will be engaging in key policy areas that will influence and help promote preventive dentistry. Focus will be placed on the importance of contract reform to allow prevention to be delivered effectively.
Workforce and training
- Help identify key actions/strategies to improve recruitment and retention of dental professionals from the UK and abroad.
- We will help develop a future proof model for workforce training where a high calibre of dental professionals is assured, and work with key stakeholders to influence undergraduate training and foundation training.
- The ADG will campaign for more dentists to be trained in the UK and for the recruitment and onboarding of dentists from around the world to be made easier to ensure more patients have access to leading clinicians.
- Work with commissioners and key stakeholders to promote flexible commissioning in the interest of patients.
- Represent the views of members regarding contract reform and work with the Department of Health and Social Care to ensure any new contract supports the two goals of a) increasing access to high-quality dental care and b) improves clinician engagement.
- Work to ensure equitable treatment of all organisations and associations by Government and policy-makers to ensure as wide a range of views are heard as possible. For example, we will seek to contribute evidence to groups such as the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists Remuneration (DDRB).
- The work of the ADG will promote sustainability of both the NHS and the dental professional, whilst ensuring the whole dental profession is valued.
- The ADG aim to be influential in key areas to ensure private and NHS dentistry is developed in a sustainable way.