About The Guernsey Dental Association
The Guernsey Dental Association (GDA) was set up over fifty years ago by local dentists to promote dentistry and improve the dental health of all islanders.
The GDA is the voice of Guernsey’s dental care professionals and promotes good oral health for everyone in our community. The GDA is also the first point of contact between its members and the States of Guernsey and working together we help to promote and deliver better oral health for Guernsey residents and visitors alike.
The GDA consists of an Executive Committee which is responsible to GDA members. The GDA has members from every dental practice on Guernsey including the Children’s Dental Service and contacts on Alderney. The Executive committee consists of the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Representative to the Professional Guidance Committee of HSC. GDA members sit on several healthcare committees including those for professional guidance, clinical governance, and ionising radiation protection. We have regular contact with the local Guernsey Health and Safety department, Disclosure and Barring Service, HSC and Social Security Department (SSD).
The GDA is solely funded by local dental practitioners and the executive committee positions are voluntary and appointed by all GDA members by ballot. All GDA members and other dental care professionals (hygienists, clinical dental technicians and dental nurses) on Guernsey are registered both locally with the Committee for Health and Social Care (HSC) and the General Dental Council (GDC) in London. Dental nurses are a vital part of the dental team and the UK regulations, which all local dental professionals follow, set by the GDC in London, requires that dental nurses too are properly trained and on qualification, registered with the GDC and HSC. The GDA assists in the local training of our dental nurses providing an on-island internationally recognised qualification.
Supporting local continuing professional development, the GDA arranges local meetings and courses to the betterment of its members and other dental care professionals. These courses are vital in maintaining standards and promoting up to date, evidence based dentistry. We bring to Guernsey nationally and internationally recognised experts in their fields to discuss the latest information and hot topics in dentistry. These courses are also vital in maintaining and developing our dental knowledge and skills which can only lead to improved provision of day to day dentistry for every dental patient.
The GDA through its members, organises and manages the Emergency Dental Service (EDS) on behalf of HSC for certain out of hours’ emergency dental problems for unregistered dental patients and visitors. The GDA works in conjunction with HSC’s Emergency Department (ED) at the PEH and the PEH switchboard to provide advice for patients and if required treatment of acute dental emergencies. For further information on dental emergencies please click here.