Dental advisory group
The dental advisory group works alongside HEE’s Strategic Advisory Forum to provide strategic professional advice and expertise around in its work on workforce planning and education development.
The dental advisory group provides a short to medium term professional strategic view of the workforce planning and education system, align the business of the group to enable us to meet our mandate and key strategic requirements across the dental profession or professions for health, public
and social care, supports us in influencing decisions and policy concerning workforce planning and education for the dental profession at a national level and aspirea to improve the quality of dental education and training.
The group promotes a unified approach to dental education and training between the Faculties, Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), regulatory bodies and four UK health departments and promotes and advises on a collaborative working platform for dental education and training.
Advisory group members
- Barry Cockcroft (Co-chair), NHS England
- Derek Sprague (Co-chair), Health Education England South West
- James Butcher, NHS England
- Helen Falcon, Health Education England, Thames Valley
- David Felix, Joint Committee for Postgraduate Training in Dentistry
- Emma Hall-Scullin, Newly qualified specialist
- Kathryn Harley, University College Hospital
- Diane Hunter, British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy
- Judith Husband, British Dental Association
- David Hussey, Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency
- Michael Medas, Patient/lay representative
- Nikolaus Palmer, Faculty of General Dental Practice
- Jane Pierce, General Dental Council
- David Sweeney, Higher Education Funding Council for England
- David Thomas, Chief Dental Officer for Wales (Observer status)
- Jennifer Vesey, newly qualified professional
- Sandra White, Public Health England
- Callum Youngson, Dental Schools Council
- 13 November 2013
- 28 January 2014
- 09 April 2014
- 12 June 2014
- 11 September 2014
- 7 January 2015 10:30 – 13:00, The College of Emergency Medicine, London
- 14 May 2015 14:00 – 17:00, London
- 7 October 2015 14:00 – 17:00, London
- 2 December 2015 10:00 – 13:00, London
Minutes from past meetings can be found in the related documents section below. For more information about this advisory group, please contact HEE.AdvisoryGroups@nhs.net.
Terms of reference
Purpose and Role
The overall purpose of the Dental HEEAG is to work alongside HEE’s Strategic Advisory Forum (SAF) providing strategic professional oversight and expertise to Health Education England to influence decisions:
- by looking at a one to five year time frame (whilst being mindful of the longer term view and horizon scanning at a national level);
- from the perspective of the dental profession; and
- with a patient pathway focus.
The role of the Dental HEEAG will be to:
- provide a short to medium term professional strategic view of the workforce planning and education system;
- align the business of the Dental HEEAG to enable HEE to meet its mandate and key strategic requirements across the dental profession or professions for health, public and social care;
- support HEE in influencing decisions and policy concerning workforce planning and education for the dental profession at a national level;
- aspire to improve the quality of dental education and training;
- promote a unified approach to dental education and training between the Faculties, Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), regulatory bodies and four UK health departments; and
- promote and advise on a collaborative working platform for dental education and training.
- To provide expertise and advice on strategic workforce planning and education development across the dental profession;
- To make dental profession-specific strategic recommendations to HEE in light of the Francis Inquiry and the requirements of HEE’s mandate;
- To provide oversight on issues emerging from the dental profession;
- Identify and promote best practice both in the UK and internationally to help support the dental work of HEE;
- To support the work of the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum and Patient Advisory Forum by providing dental professional oversight at a national level.
Governance and Membership
The Dental HEEAG will be co-chaired by Dr Barry Cockcroft, Chief Dental Officer for England, and Derek Sprague, Director of Education and Quality, Health Education South West.
The HEEAGs will meet four times per year and meetings will be aligned to the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum dates.
The meetings will be held in HEE Offices (Portland House, London or Blenheim House, Leeds) for a maximum of 3 hours and wherever possible HEE offices will be used at zero cost. Teleconference facilities will also be utilised.
The Dental HEEAG will be accountable to HEE’s Chief Executive through the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum.
The HEEAG will consist of a core membership of 20 (maximum). Core membership needs to be representative and consideration should be given to ensuring representation (where appropriate) from the following:
- British Dental Association
- Chief Professional Officer
- Dental Care Professional
- Dental Nurse
- Devolved Administrations (Observer status)
- General Dental Council
- Faculty of Dental Surgery
- Faculty of General Dental Practice
- HEE/ HEE LETB
- Higher Education Institute
- Joint Committee for Postgraduate Training in Dentistry (JCPTD)
- Newly Qualified Dentist/Specialist Dentist
- NHS England
- Patient/Lay representation (minimum 3)
- Postgraduate Dean
- Public Health England
Dental HEEAG members will have a high level of credibility with their constituency and be able to allocate sufficient time and have the flexibility required to make an effective contribution to the work of the HEEAG. The HEEAG will be supported by a secretariat provided by HEE’s Directorate of Education & Quality who will be in attendance at meetings. Each organisation/group represented on the Dental HEEAG will have at least one member.
External experts may be invited to attend meetings in order to contribute to specific agenda items. If necessary, the Dental HEEAG will convene time-limited topic-based working groups, drawn from a wide-range of partners, to address key issues in detail. The working groups will be governed by the Dental HEEAG and will produce and present papers at meetings when and where appropriate.
The membership term will initially be for one year. Where a Dental HEEAG member does not attend a minimum of two meetings per year, a replacement nomination from the organisation/group they represented will be requested.
The core of the Dental HEEAG agenda will be informed by the work of the strategic priorities for HEE, HEE Strategic Advisory Forum, HEE Patient Advisory Forum and HEE LETBs.
Ways of Working
The key responsibilities of Dental HEEAG members include:
- Working collaboratively to provide advice around dental education, training and workforce planning;
- Sharing information, on behalf of HEE, into the dental education and training and workforce planning system; and
- Acting as a conduit, in terms of information sharing, from HEE to the organisations being represented. 3 By joining the Dental HEEAG, members agree to:
- Uphold the NHS Constitution;
- Always place the patient at the centre of HEE’s work; promoting and developing workstreams aligned to pathways and patient journeys;
- Allow all members to have an equal voice;
- Commit to the highest standards of conduct, as governed by the seven Principles of Public Office;
- Adopt a ‘can do’ approach and be open to challenge;
- Use accessible terminology, providing clear explanation of specialist terms and acronyms both verbally and in written documentation; and
- Uphold the constraints of discussing confidential data and information outside of the meeting when consulting within their constituencies on specific issues raised in meetings, whilst supporting the need for openness and transparency.
Review and Future Arrangements
The revised governance arrangements (including membership) will be reviewed annually to ensure the arrangements are fit for purpose.