Occupational health for dental staff in Scotland

A NEW occupational health service for dentists and dental practice staff in Scotland is now accessible as of 1 June 2018.

The new service is equivalent to the scheme for general medical practitioners and their practice staff and delivered through NHS Boards in conjunction with SALUS, the NHS-based provider of occupational health services.

BDA Scotland and the Scottish Dental Practice Committee (SDPC) first requested that the Scottish Government introduce an occupational health service for GDPs and in 2017 the SDPC's Stress in the Dental Workplace Working Group produced a report on the issues facing dentists, and highlighted its key findings to the Scottish Chief Dental Officer. One of the key recommendations in the report was for GDPs to have access to a range of funded NHS occupational health services.

Contact your local NHS Board occupational health service for more information.