Health Education England announces Malcolm Smith as the new Chair of the Advancing Dental Care programme.

Malcolm Smith has taken over as Chair of the HEE’s Advancing Dental Care programme (ADC) after Nicholas Taylor, Dean of Postgraduate Dental Education, Health Education North West retired at the end of last year.

Malcolm, who has a wealth of experience in dental education commissioning and training as Postgraduate Dental Dean for HEE North East, will drive forward the ADC programme into its second phase over 2019-2021, ensuring close alignment with the priorities outlined in the Long Term Plan for the NHS.

Leading on a broad programme which is designed to deliver the recommendations of the 2017/18 ‘Advancing Dental Care Review’, Malcolm will take an evidence-based approach to develop dental training that responds to the changing needs of patients and services, in a prevention-oriented integrated National Health Service.

On appointment to the new position, Malcolm Smith, Chair of the ADC Review said:

“I feel immensely privileged to be appointed to lead this important piece of work as I passionately believe that we have a duty to develop innovative structures and models of education and training, not only to support the delivery of excellent oral healthcare for patients but also to create meaningful and flexible career structures for the whole dental team.

With the Long Term Plan for the NHS setting a clear strategic direction for the service and a strong commitment to develop the workforce, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate to work with partners across the system to futureproof the dental workforce for generations to come.

I look forward to working closely with colleagues, dental organisations, other stakeholders and patients so that, working together, we can produce models and pathways to enable oral health to take its rightful place in the holistic healthcare improvement”.

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