Consultation outcome

Improving dentistry

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The response has shown that the idea of a preventive pathway is liked by dentists, dental teams and patients, but there were concerns around implementation. Clinical effectiveness, patient safety and patient experience were the right areas to show quality.

There was support for the blended approach to remuneration, which is where providers are funded based on a combination of the number of patients cared for and activity delivered.

See the next stage of dental reform.

Feedback received

Dental contract reform engagement exercise: appendix

Detail of feedback received

All the responses have been anonymised as respondents did not give permission for their responses to be identifiable. Individual’s names and identifying details in the responses are therefore redacted.

The organisations that responded are listed as well as the total number of individual respondents.

Original consultation


This engagement exercise seeks views on changing dental contractual system to focus on improving oral health through prevention and increasing access

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Consultation description

We want to hear views from the dental profession and wider dental community about how we should reform current dental contracts to enable easier access and improve the nation’s oral health.

Papers 2, 3 and 4 contain a series of questions and a link to a feedback form.

During the financial year 2015 to 2016 we will pilot small scale models of possible new dental systems.

We are already testing a number of ideas that could form part of a new system.

Through around 90 pilot exercises we are testing a new clinical approach, measurement of quality and outcomes and remuneration.


Paper 1: overview

Paper 2: the clinical philosophy

Paper 4: the remuneration approach

Published 6 June 2014
Last updated 15 January 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include public feedback and consultation response.
  2. First published.