Two deputy CDOs to support recovery and change

02 April, 2021 / editorial

The Scottish Government will appoint two deputy chief dental officers (CDOs) later this year to support the post-pandemic recovery of dental services and a programme of change in the delivery of oral health care.

Tom Ferris, Scotland’s Chief Dental Officer, is currently sifting through applications for the two posts. “The detail of each portfolio will be determined according to the skills and experience of the successful candidates,” he said.

“This is an exciting opportunity at a complex time, when we are both working to stabilise services during a major public health crisis and embarking on a programme of change in the delivery of NHS oral health care.

“The successful candidates will have the opportunity to make a substantial contribution to how we reduce oral health inequalities and deliver NHS dental care for the future.”

The deputy CDOs will take a proactive role in working with key stakeholders developing, consulting, testing, implementing and evaluating ‘the new normal’, according to the job spec. The position of deputy CDO is part of the Dentistry & Optometry Team within the Scottish Government.

“We are looking for two individuals, each of whom will be an excellent team player, and able to work collegiately in a strong team environment,” said the spec. “We specifically value people with leadership credentials, with experience of managing teams of people, a self-starter able to take a lead role developing and leading policy change in dentistry in Scotland.”

The successful candidates will be in post for two years initially, with the possibility of an extension.

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