Dental Services Workforce Review Focus Groups

18th July 2023

Date: Monday 18 September 2023 Time: 09:30 (registration) – 15:00

Location: Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre

In 2015 the Department of Health commissioned Skills for Health (the Sector Skills Council for Health, part of the Workforce Development Trust) to carry out a workforce review of dental services within Northern Ireland.  The purpose of this review was to inform the commissioning of education and training numbers of dentists and support informed decision making on future workforce requirements, workforce development and care pathways.

The Dental Services Workforce Review Steering Group has agreed that focus groups with key stakeholders should be held to consider the following three areas that require further exploration:

  • Specialist areas including community dental services, oral surgery, orthodontics and non-clinical roles of dental public health and dental advisers.
  • Dental care professional education, training and retention in the workplace.
  • Data enhancement and collection of up-to-date dental workforce data.

The Department of Health are asking key stakeholders to give them the benefit of their professional and/or personal experience to help shape the future of the dental workforce by taking part in these focus groups.  The focus groups will be held on Monday 18 September 2023 (09:30 – 15:00) in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.

Please register to book your place now by e-mailing or calling (028) 9052 3233 on or before 12.00 on Monday 14 August 2023We will need your:

  • name;
  • position/role or the fact that you are a service user;
  • organisation (if relevant);
  • e-mail address;
  • telephone number;
  • postal address (only if you want us to communicate with you by post); and
  • special requirements e.g. dietary or access needs, to attend the event (if any).

You can find more details of how we process your personal information at Workforce Policy Directorate – Dental Services Workforce Review Focus Group Event – 18 September 2023 – Privacy Notice | Department of Health (


If you wish to register by telephone, please call (028) 9052 3233 on or before 12.00 on Monday 14 August 2023 – you should be prepared to provide the information noted.  Your formal consent to provide this information will be sought at that time and recorded.