Improving access to NHS dentists and incentivising them to improve the nation’s oral health is a long-standing policy goal. At the heart of NHS England’s dental contract reform programme is a desire for better education for patients about how to care for their teeth and gums, and recognition that the existing dental contract, which rewards dentists for activity, does little to encourage a preventive approach to care.
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Public Health England has published a toolkit for local authorities commissioning oral health improvement programmes for pre-school children. The toolkit uses the best available evidence to estimate the reduction in tooth decay as a result of the intervention, the costs of delivering each of the programmes and the cost savings.
This document provides details of the dental quality and outcomes framework (DQOF) indicators to be used to measure performance of the existing pilots and new dental contract prototypes in 2016 to 2017.