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Clinical advisers

Members of our team

Paul Gray, Head of Dental Services and Clinical Policy

Paul comes from a primary care dental background, having worked for 13 years in the NHS as a General Dental Practitioner. He has worked for our organisation since 1999.

His current role involves managing the Dental Services operations team and overseeing Clinical Services work.

He monitors NHS primary dental care across England and Wales. He also works with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and the Welsh Government regarding strategic planning, supporting various dental initiatives and ongoing monitoring processes.

Since 1999, he has held a part time honorary clinical teacher post in general dentistry at the Bristol Dental School / University. He also works on the Bristol area Out Of Hours emergency rota.


Paul Gray, Head of Dental Services & Clinical Policy

Andy Cole, Senior Clinical Adviser

Andy qualified as a dentist in Cardiff in 1984, working as a house officer and senior house officer. He then entered General Dental Practice, becoming a partner in a practice in Worcestershire.

He also worked as a Dental Practice Adviser alongside his practice work for many years. This included developing a programme of clinical audit, peer review and a PASS scheme with local dental practices.

He has a postgraduate qualification in membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). He has lectured on subjects including infection control, clinical governance and audit for many years.

Andy joined our organisation as a Clinical Adviser in 2010. He became a Clinical Team Leader in 2014 and Senior Clinical Adviser in 2019.

Andy Cole, Senior Clinical Adviser

Clinical services teams

We have set teams as a first point of contact for primary care organisations requiring information about clinical issues. These teams are:

  • North team
  • South team
  • Wales team

Our advisers are the hub for the co-ordination of risk-based information generated by NHS Dental Services activities, and can assist health bodies with specific issues of concern.

This may include targeted record card checks, patient examinations and practice inspections, to investigate contractual and legal compliance with regulations.

Contact your local clinical adviser by email: