Tom Ferris has been appointed as the interim chief dental officer for Scotland, after Margie Taylor stepped down.

Margie Taylor decided to retire at the end of 2018 after more than 11 years in the role.

Mr Ferris has promised that a new permanent CDO will be appointed in due time.

‘As interim CDO, I am continuing the development and implementation of our initial priorities from the Oral Health Improvement Plan,’ Mr Ferris said.

‘That is enhanced skill practitioners for domiciliary care for older people living in supported accommodation.

‘And our Oral Health Improvement Community Challenge Fund.’

Oral Health Improvement Plan

The Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) was launched by the Scottish Government in January 2018.

It’s aim was to update the Dental Action Plan launched in 2005.

Ms Taylor decided to step down after the launch of the OHIP, stating the new CDO needs to take it forward.

Speaking to Dentistry Scotland magazine, Ms Taylor said of her time in the role: ‘I’ve done the job for 11 and a half years.

‘As much as I enjoy it, I don’t think I can hog it any longer.

‘Clearly, we had to get the OHIP done, but it really needs somebody who is going to be here for the next few years to take it forward and at the age of 63 that’s not going to be me.’