The Dentist Magazine.

Dental hospitals enter a new phase of cooperation

Published: 26/06/2017

Dental hospitals across the UK and Ireland have reorganised into the Association of Dental Hospitals, which works to provide a voice for dental hospitals. 

It is made of eighteen dental hospitals or academic clinical facilities, all of which deliver the mixture of clinical service, teaching and research that is fundamental to the future of dental healthcare.

The face of dental healthcare has changed dramatically in the last decade. Innovations in technology and advanced dental education have led to continued improvement in dental health. By reorganising into this new structure, dental hospitals will be able to work more closely together, combining their expertise to meet the challenges of an evolving profession.

The Association of Dental Hospitals has now come under the same umbrella as the Dental Schools Council and Association of UK University Hospitals, among other organisations. These connections will provide a stronger voice for dental hospitals and will facilitate closer working, both between dental hospitals and with partners across other sectors and areas of healthcare.

Dental hospitals will continue to work with their dental school partners to help ensure the future of the workforce by providing high-quality training for dental students. The Association of Dental Hospitals aims to foster closer relationships with partner organisations with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.

Avril Macpherson, chair of the Association of Dental Hospitals and clinical director at Liverpool University Dental Hospital, said, “The Association of Dental Hospitals allows not only for greater collaboration between dental hospitals but also provides an opportunity for colleagues to learn from each other. One of the ways we have been doing this for the past five years has been through a clinical effectiveness meeting, held annually in Manchester, where problems and solutions in clinical practice at dental hospitals are shared. We are delighted to have the means to cooperate at a national level and make use of the membership’s significant breadth of knowledge.

“As chair of the organisation, I look forward to working with my colleagues to improve the delivery of care, provide excellent teaching for the future of our workforce and ensure we build an environment that nurtures innovation and research. I also look forward to increasing dialogue with colleagues across the sector so that together we can continue to improve the dental health and well-being of the public.”

The Association of Dental Hospitals is steered by an executive committee, which is elected according to its constitution. Member organisations are represented by their clinical director and the senior non-clinical manager of the dental hospital.

To find out more, please visit the new Association of Dental Hospitals website at