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Andrew Dickenson is the Chief Dental Officer.

His primary role and responsibilities include:

  • providing leadership to all dental practitioners and dental care professionals
  • professional input into workforce planning and contractual arrangements to support their professional role
  • providing advice, guidance, and support to ministers on all matters relating to dental services and oral health
  • monitoring and promoting quality of:
    • dental healthcare services
    • patient-related outcomes
    • strategies to address oral health inequalities
    • oral health regulation
    • education
    • training
    • performance
    • implementation of evidence-based standards to achieve, and maintain, high quality dental services
  • developing policies and strategies to promote and improve the health of the population ensuring timely access to dental services

As a clinician Andrew holds dual qualifications in dentistry and medicine. He undertook postgraduate surgical training across the North East of England and the Midlands regions. In 2003 he became a consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has worked in medical and dental education, joining Health Education England as Dean of Postgraduate Education in 2014.

Andrew holds a visiting professorship in health and social care at the University of Chester.

Current priorities include:

  • focussing on the restoration and reset of dental services following the COVID-19 pandemic
  • restarting a programme of contract reform for primary care dentistry