MDDUS announces appointment of new head of dental

The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachael Bell to the post of head of dental as of 2 April 2024.

Rachael has been a key part of our team since 2009, initially joining as an adviser and taking on the role of interim head of dental in September 2023. Her appointment comes at a time when the dental sector is navigating complex regulatory reforms and facing unprecedented challenges.

In her new role, Rachael will be pivotal in MDDUS’s ongoing commitment to supporting our dental members. Her continued expertise will further our efforts not only to maintain the high level of support for our existing members but also to work closely with stakeholders.

Upon taking up post as head of dental, Rachael shared her vision for the future:

“Having been with MDDUS both as a dentist since 1991 and as an adviser since 2009, I am delighted to be stepping into the role of head of dental at MDDUS. My priority is for the team to continue to uphold the highest standards of support for our members, through assistance with complaints, claims, and GDC investigations.”

Emma Parfitt, MDDUS director of professional services and general counsel, said:

“Rachael steps into this leadership position following a very successful tenure as interim head of dental and she has extensive experience in both dental practice and as a dento-legal adviser.

“I am looking forward to continuing to collaborate with Rachael in her new role as we evolve and enhance our full range of services to meet the ever-changing important needs of our dental members.”


The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) is a mutual organisation that protects the professional interests of more than 56,000 doctors and dentists across the United Kingdom, offering access to indemnity, support and legal advice.

For further information please contact Lisa Walker, communications manager, on or 07976 886552.

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