Leading the change for oral health

The following initiatives are driving change in the provision of dental care:

Office of the Chief Dental Officer England

The office of the chief dental officer England represents the head of the dental profession in England, providing system wide professional and clinical leadership, by setting the strategic vision for England’s oral health.

Sara Hurley

Sara Hurley is the Chief Dental Officer for England. With a career portfolio spanning the domains of clinical delivery, dental public health, wider healthcare policy and commissioning, she supports NHS England, Health Education England and the Department of Health Ministerial team with professional and clinical advice.

Sara Hurley – Chief Dental Officer England
BDS (UBrist), MSc (UCL), MA (King’s), FDSRCS, psc(j)
Honorary Professor Dentistry (University of Manchester)
Honorary Doctorate of Health (University of Plymouth)



Jason WongJason Wong MBE is the Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England. Awarded an MBE for services to dentistry and oral health, Jason has previously chaired Local Dental Networks across parts of the Midlands and the East of England and was also secretary of Lincolnshire Local Dental committee for 16 years. His role at NHS England now sees him working in collaboration with local and regional teams to deliver improved outcomes for patients, while also championing the role of dentists and dentistry within the health system.

Jason qualified from the University of Birmingham in1995 and is currently a general dental practitioner and a partner in a practice in Lincolnshire.