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Published on January 28, 2013

Shortlist of dental practices to continue trialling the new NHS dental contract

Shortlist of dental practices to continue trialling the new NHS dental contract

Last week, the Department of Health (DoH) announced an additional 29 practices to join the existing 70 practices for the new contract pilot scheme.

The reason for adding more practices to the scheme is to test one of the biggest changes of the new contact – how dentists are paid. Previously, this was based on the number of courses of treatments, compared with the new proposals which are based on dentists being paid for the health results they produce and the number of patients they see.

The need for this change came from criticisms of the current system, where dentists have been accused of focusing on hitting targets as opposed to the oral health of their patients. The new contract hopes to see patients as the core focus, as pressure for reaching targets is lifted. A focus on preventative dentistry was also pushed by the NHS, a main aim of the new contract is to help improve patients oral care through regular check-ups and preventative education.

The traffic light system will also be tested by the new practices, whereby patients are given ratings of green, amber or red depending on the health of their mouths. Dentists will then advise on how patients can improve their oral health relevant to their rating.

Barry Cockcroft, chief dental officer for England, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome the new practices to the pilot scheme and know they will continue with the excellent work which has been carried out so far.

‘We were inundated with applications and choosing the shortlist was very difficult but we were keen to make sure they represent a really broad spectrum of the profession. It is evidence of how positively the pilot programme has been received.

‘We are now committed to making sure the pilots form the ground work for the development of a robust new dental contract that is fully tested and fit for the future.’

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See below the shortlist of new practices.

The shortlisted practices

Practice name

Town

County

St Michael’s Dental Practice

Wakefield       West Yorks

Daventry Dental Practice

Daventry       Northants

Eston Dental Practice

Middlesbrough       Cleveland

Skipton Road Dental Surgery

Colne       Lancashire

Breeze Dental

Sunderland       Tyne & Wear

Church Street Dental Surgery

Hull       East Yorkshire

Noah’s Ark Dental Surgery

Fowey       Cornwall

St Georges Dental Practice

Brighton       East Sussex

Richmond Dental Care

Sheffield       South Yorkshire

Inglewood House

Whitefield       Manchester

Colney Hatch Dental Practice LTD

Muswell Hill       London

A H Trueman Ltd

Ipswich       Suffolk

Basildon Dental Practice

Basildon       Essex

Tuckton Dental Centre IDH

Bournemouth       Dorset

ADP – Avonmouth

Bristol       Avon

Shrewsbury Dental Centre (IDH)

Shrewsbury       Shropshire

Easton Dental Practice

Bristol       Bristol

Pittar Chambers Dental Practice

Exeter       Devon

Oasis Dental Care

Bognor Regis       West Sussex

Purity

Dudley       West Midlands

Minto Road Dental Care

Sheffield       South Yorkshire

Carillon Dental

Loughborough       Leicestershire

Wisdom Dental Clinic

Chesterfield       Derbyshire

The Dentists at Watling Street Road

Preston       Lancashire

St James Dental Practice

Winchester       Hampshire

Yeading Dental Care

Hayes       Middlesex

Chadwell Dental Practice

Grays       Essex

Summerstown Dental Practice

London       London

Hendon Dental Practice

Hendon       London

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