Role of the Chief Dental Officer

Caroline Lappin became the Chief Dental Officer on 8 November 2021.

Chief Dental Officer's roles include:

  • advice and support to Minister on all matters relating to dental services and oral health
  • dental policy and strategy to promote and improve the health of the population and ensure timely access to dental services
  • development of evidence-based standards to achieve, and maintain high quality services for the Northern Ireland population
  • providing leadership to all dental practitioners and dental care professionals; professional input for workforce planning and contractual arrangements to optimise their professional role

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