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CQC announces John Milne as new dental adviser

28 January 2015
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The Care Quality Commission has appointed John Milne, a practising dentist in West Yorkshire and the current Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, as Senior National Dental Adviser.

In this role, John will work closely with CQC’s primary medical services’ senior management team and inspectors, along with dental providers and stakeholders, to help develop our new model. John will also work with our inspection teams to give expert advice on professional practice in dental care.

John will take on the role in March this year, after his role as Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee comes to an end.

John Milne said: “I’m extremely happy to take on this new role with the CQC. I think it’s an exciting time in the development of the regulation of dental services, and it’s vital we get it right.

“We need to ensure we listen to the voice of dentists and understand the considerable pressure and challenges they face on a day-to-day basis, balanced with the need to ensure patients receive the quality care we all agree they should expect to receive.”

Janet Williamson, CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice, said: “I am very pleased John has agreed to join CQC.

“John brings with him a wealth of experience. His expertise and insight into what quality care looks like, and his ability to challenge us on the implications of regulation will be invaluable.”

Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice, said: “I am thrilled that John is joining us. He has a vast understanding of dentistry and will a tremendous addition to our team.”

Following a public consultation which closed on 23 January, CQC will be publishing its final provider handbook for dentistry before it rolls out its new approach in April. You can find out more about the new approach proposals.


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Last updated:
30 May 2017

Notes to editors

John Milne qualified from Leeds Dental School in 1980 and has worked in General Dental Practice since then. He is currently a partner in a practice near Wakefield. John has been involved in dental politics at both local and national level, representing colleagues through the local dental committee and at national level as Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee where he has been involved in NHS contract reform.

He has also worked as a clinical assistant in orthodontics at Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust and as Dental Adviser to Wakefield Primary Care Trust. 

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.