Research conducted by ICM on behalf of the Department of Health (DH) show dentists are putting a firm focus on more preventative dental care and that patients are responding positively. An integrated quantitative-qualitative evaluation was conducted among dental staff and patients in 70 dental practices across England where a pilot programme began in Summer 2011, to capture of evidence and learning of a new way of working.
The programme, led by the DH, is aimed at developing a new way of delivering dental care linked to a new type of contract between the NHS and dental practices. Under the new approach, the focus of dental treatment shifts to a preventative model of care delivered via a new Clinical Care Pathway, with patient communication and disease prevention as well as treatment. In the new contract payment model, remuneration is based on capitation (i.e. payment based on number of patients cared for) and quality of care outcomes. This moves away from the current contract model based on Units of Dental Activity (UDAs).
For more details visit, please visit – http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/10/dental-contract-reform/ or read the report.
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Dental pilot evaluation (PDF)
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