A new kind of organisation
NJ: Can you tell us more about the driver(s) behind setting up the BAPD?
ST: It followed the CDO’s first webinar after lockdown was implemented, when it became clear that there would be no guidance for the provision of private dentistry. Two people, Luke Thorley and Jason Smithson set up a Facebook page, and a lot of people from various groups, including the BACD and one called ‘Movement to Quality’, were also up in arms, so everybody just joined forces.
We realised early on that this was not just going to be a flash in the pan. So, we started formalising the membership, setting up an AGM so that we could create a supportive organisation that represents private dentists during Covid-19 and in the long-term.
NJ: If you are in it for the long haul, how do you see the BAPD working with other groups such as the BDA?