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Dental service improvements to be trialled

12th March 2010

More than 30 dental practices across the UK are to take part in a Department of Health trial looking at new ways to improve services for patients.


It will involve improved access and new ways of measuring quality as they become pilot sites for the recommendations of the Steele Review of NHS dentistry.

Professor Jimmy Steele, who led the Independent Review of NHS Dental Services, made over 30 recommendations to help improve oral health, increase access and ensure high quality dental care for patients in his final report published in June last year.

The recommendations include ways of increasing access to NHS dentists; introducing patient registration; measuring quality as well as quantity of treatment; and encouraging dentists to carry out more preventative work.

Different methods of delivering these recommendations will be piloted over the next two years to ensure they meet the needs of the NHS and patients.

However, if the local NHS wants to adopt changes sooner, they will be given the go ahead to do so.

Health Minister Ann Keen said: “We know that access to NHS dentists is improving - more people visited a dentist in the last two years than at any period in the last decade.

“As well as continuing to build on this success and drive access even higher, we need to look at the quality as well of quantity of treatment being carried out by the NHS.”

Chief Dental Officer Barry Cockcroft said prevention and quality were two of the most important principles within the recommendations.


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