Reformed SALDC is up and running
Submissions to the DDRB and tackling stress in the profession were on the agenda at the first meeting of the re-formed Scottish Association of Local Dental Committees (SALDC).
The new group, whose reformation was proposed and passed at the 2014 Scottish Conference of LDCs, has elected Largs practitioner Arabella Yelland as chair and Gordon Morson from Forth Valley as vice chair. Kate Morrison from Lanarkshire has been appointed secretary and John O’Donnell from Glasgow and Clyde as treasurer.
Arabella said: “The first meeting included a review of our constitution, and the main issues we feel are facing the profession. We, of course, have to limit this to issues we can deal with at present.
“We have set up a working group to consider a submission to DDRB which will reflect actual dentist earnings and we are considering ways to support the profession and combat stress.”
The group hopes to liaise with NHS Education for Scotland’s TRaMS (Training, Revision, Assessment, Mentoring and Support) team and have invited Martin Morrison from Practitioner Services Division to speak at the next meeting in October.
Arabella continued: “We’re hoping to find out exactly what PSD expects from practitioners. If we know what it wants, we can disseminate this through our LDCs which we hope will reduce stress.
“We are also planning on sending GDPs a questionnaire to evaluate the causes of it.”