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Developing a dental leadership programme to address global oral health challenges
  1. Valerie Wordley1,
  2. Raman Bedi2
  1. 1 Global Child Dental Fund, London, UK
  2. 2 Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, King's College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Raman Bedi, King's College London, London WC2R 2LS, UK; raman.bedi{at}


Dental leadership is essential in addressing the crisis of 21st century dentistry. The Senior Dental Leaders programme was established in 2006 and has since influenced global oral health policy. The programme demonstrates how collaborative leadership and an engaged alumni network can produce successful dental leaders, significantly impacting upon child oral health around the world. There is now a great need for leadership development programmes at every level of dental training.

  • dentist
  • health policy
  • population
  • clinical leadership

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