Scotland appoints three new deputy chief dental officers

Three new deputy chief dental officers have been appointed in Scotland, it has been revealedScotland is appointing three new deputy chief dental officers, it has been revealed.

The division of the chief dental officer for Scotland today announces three new deputies to help guide dentistry out of the pandemic. These are:

  • Zahid Imran
  • Gillian Leslie
  • Gavin Mclellan.

Between them, the candidates bring significant experience to the role, which will support the continuing remobilisation and recovery phase.

They will also contribute to the development of Scotland’s major programme of change in NHS dentistry.

Shaping future policy

Zahid Imran currently works in NHS Tayside’s public dental service, as well as undertaking a restorative role at Dundee Dental Hospital.

Gillian Leslie is a general dental practitioner and practice owner in East Lothian. With a varied background in the Royal Navy, is also qualified in IV sedation and has a a special interest in oral surgery.

Gavin Mclellan is a general dental practitioner in Fife, as well as a vocational training adviser with NES.

Gavin has been senior dental adviser in Scottish Government for the last three years, including interim deputy chief dental officer.

All three will form a crucial part of the group of senior clinical advisers for government. They will support the chief dental officer, Tom Ferris, in carving out future government policy and also making sure senior officials receive the necessary professional advice.

They will begin their posts in September 2021.

Free PPE

This comes as additional free PPE is promised to practices in Scotland taking on dental nurse trainees.

Sanctioned by NHS National Services Scotland, it follows reports that suggest nurses are stepping down from their roles.

The British Dental Association (BDA) also praised the move, arguing that it will help NHS practices restart training schemes.


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