Dr Sandra White joins ADG as new Clinical Director


  Posted by: Dental Design      1st July 2021

The Association of Dental Groups (ADG) is pleased to welcome Dr Sandra White as its new Clinical Director, starting this month.

Until April this year Sandra was the national lead for dental public health at Public Health England (PHE), leading the team to improve oral health and reduce inequalities in England.  Much of her clinical career has been spent in Community Dental Services treating individuals with severe learning disability, medical and mental health problems. She is also a former President of the National Association for Prison Dentists UK.  Most recently she led on  the publication of the Inequalities in Oral Health in England report.

Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Association of Dental Groups (ADG) said: “The vision of the Association of Dental Groups, as the main representative of group providers is to use our collective knowledge and expertise to drive change and support good decision making by government for the ultimate benefit of patients and all dental professionals in the UK.

“One of our key objectives is to promote and encourage preventative oral healthcare, including reforming the dental contract to allow prevention to be delivered effectively. Sandra is a leading voice in the dental public health debate and we are delighted that she has agreed to join our team taking this work forward. I would like to thank our outgoing Clinical Director Richard Ablett, in particular for his leadership on flexible commissioning.  It is testament to his advocacy that flexible commissioning has been recognised as a key component of future contract reform and recovery of patient care following the pandemic.  Richard will continue to support us in an advisory role on commissioning in the next few months ahead which will be crucial for contract reform.”

Dr Sandra White said: “I am looking forward to working with the ADG to champion prevention in practice, support whole workforce development, and shine a positive light on our dental profession and the key role they play in the nation’s health and well-being.”

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