Who we are


The Scottish Dental Association is a new body formed from a group of like-minded dentists who wish to have Scottish dental matters discussed, negotiated and actioned with the input of all Scottish dental professionals.

We want a collective voice that can engage with the relevant bodies; Local Dental Committees (LDC), British Dental Association (BDA), Scottish Dental Practice Owners (SDPO), Scottish Dental Practice Committee (SDPC) and the Scottish Government (SG) to improve the delivery and quality of dentistry in Scotland.

Improving oral health awareness amongst the public whilst protecting the best interests of patients and the profession is paramount. An association of members is important to achieve these goals. With this in mind, dedicated individuals have volunteered their time and energy into founding the SDA. We aim to establish a transparent organisation that welcomes the input of its membership to drive the changes that are required. Elections from members who wish to put themselves forward will be held to steer the group to make progress on the issues affecting dentistry in Scotland.

The following people are involved with the SDA:

Cameron McLarty: GDC number 152148

  • BDS Glasgow 2008 MJDF RCS Eng 2011
  • Owner of practice in Rothesay, Isle of Bute
  • Mixed NHS/Private 3 surgery practice
  • Works part time for local PDS
  • Former VT trainer


 Brendan Murphy: GDC number 67679

  • BDS Glasgow 1992
  • Runs 8 practices with an overall majority of NHS remuneration in the West of Scotland
  • Worked in high deprivation areas for 16 years, focused on private work the last 12 years
  • Has a son studying Dentistry.


 Emma-Louise Colvin: GDC number 74276

  • BDS Glasgow PGDip Sed (London) PGDIPDPH (Glasgow)
  • Practice owner in Livingston since 2011
  • Sole practitioner with dental therapist
  • Mixed NHS/private practice
  • Experience in hospital/community in Scotland and England
  • Qualified VDP trainer and trained 2017/18


 Douglas Thain: GDC number 75837

  • BDS Glasgow 1999
  • Owner of 9 surgery practice with his wife in Cumbernauld
  • Predominantly NHS practice with some private.
  • VT trainer 2008-2018


 James Craig: GDC number 103054

  • BDS Dundee 2006 MFDS RCSEd
  • Experience in hospital and community dentistry
  • Practice owner in partnership with his wife in Edinburgh
  • 2 Practices totalling 5 surgeries
  • Mixed NHS/Private practice


  Gillian Leslie: GDC number 74256

  • BDS Glasgow 1998, MFDS RCS ACP in Exodontia
  • Practice Owner of 3 surgery practice in Tranent, East Lothian
  • Mixed NHS/Private practice
  • Served 13 years in Royal Navy, veteran of Iraq war
  • Member of Lothian LDC
  • Post graduate training in Implants and Sedation, referral practice for surgical extractions

Sheila Macintyre GDC number 70858

  • BDS Dundee 1995
  • Practice owner since 1998
  • Mixed NHS/Private practice
  • VT trainer for 10 years


The SDA has the potential to become a hugely significant body with a structure that will support the dental profession, in the current COVID-19 pandemic and for the future. We encourage all of those who share the values of the SDA to join the association to strengthen its influence on the issues that matter most for improving the landscape of dentistry in Scotland.

More Posts from The Scottish Dental Association

SDA Report of the LDC Conference “Scottish Dentistry: Where next?”

Event: LDC Conference Scottish Dentistry: Where next? Date: 27 May 2021 Panel: Tom Ferris, David Notman, Alan Whittet, David McPherson, Lindsay Milton Analysis: By The SDA on 28 May 2021 The SDA welcomed the Local Dental Committees initiative to engage with the profession, Practitioner Services Division, and the Chief Dental Officer for Scotland. We were delighted to have many members at the event, and we continue to welcome their feedback and comments. We would encourage our colleagues who missed the event to re watch it at their earliest convenience. This event continues the discussion we started with The SDA Summit

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The SDA Summit

The SDA Summit We are delighted to announce our first SDA event on Tuesday 16th of March from 12.00 – 2.30 on webinarjam. This webinar aims to inform and stimulate discussion around the promised changes to the post-pandemic SDR. If you are a dental professional and you have questions or ideas then please get in touch and book the event here. The Chief Dental Officer (CDO) has stated that he wishes to engage widely with the profession. This is a new dynamic and presents a unique opportunity for the majority of the dental profession to have a role in this

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“Scottish Dental Students Forced to repeat a year” BBC News

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Consultation on SDR Reform

As you will be aware the SDR and general dental services are to be fundamentally changed. This will directly effect each one of us and our patients‘ future care. Tom Ferris (CDO Scotland) has said that there will be consultation with the profession and the SDA will ensure that we present all of your views coherently. The survey is being conducted via Scottish Dental Network. See link below. Initial SDA Consultation on SDR Reform – Scottish Dental Network

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NHS Lothian COVID-19 Update No 22 – 27th October 2020

Angus Walls, Director Edinburgh Dental Institute 4th Floor Lauriston Building Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9HA Content of this update PCA and SDR 148 Patient Communication National SoP IPC guidance PPE stock and usage SARS CoV2 vaccination program   Dear Colleagues, I am sending you the most recent PCA from CDO in association with this letter, I must apologise, this should have come to you yesterday. As I am sure you are aware there was an announcement in Parliament recently that a full range of dental care would be available through NHS dental practices from the 1st November. This PCA underpins

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Agenda for Change

The eagerly anticipated “Agenda for Change” (within the NHS) highlights once more just how far Scottish NHS dentists have fallen. The Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) amply demonstrates how they feel about dentistry and the professionals showing no improved recognition over the last two decades and no peer acknowledgement. https://www.nhsemployers.org/pay-pensions-and-reward/agenda-for-change We can never aspire to this but who works for nothing and how far are we prepared to be left behind? The question must be asked in relation to the act of NHS dental Items of Service (IOS) treatment because they impact hugely on everything that we and our

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SDR Recommendations

6 October 2020 Scottish Dental Association Working Group on new SDR proposals   Preamble The Scottish Dental Association (SDA) recognises, along with almost the entire profession and the current CDO, that the pre COVID SDR is not fit for purpose for the likely future situation we face. It should be noted anecdotal evidence suggests most practitioners have felt the previous SDR was not fit for purpose for several years. To propose potential new solutions the SDA has formed a working group to briefly formulate potential new SDR options. The SDA welcomes feedback from all sectors within Scottish dentistry on this

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