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
- 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