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Dentistry review

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    6 October 2009
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Professor Jimmy Steele has been working on a number of strands of work as part of the review of NHS dental services in England. Supported by his team he has engaged with dental professionals, NHS staff, patients and patient representative groups. This work fed directly into the review, which was published on 22 June 2009.

 Background to the review

The key aims of the review are to:

  • Identify ways the Government and local NHS can work together with dentists and other providers to increase access to dental services and improve the quality of services
  • suggest how the government can build on it's work to reduce inequalities in oral health and ensure that dentists and other dental professionals can provide appropriate levels of preventive work
  • recommend how funding for dentistry should be allocated to Primary Care Trusts to support these aims and meet the needs of local populations
  • identify how over the next five years, developments in workforce planning, training and regulation can best support the provision of high quality NHS dental services and enhance the working lives of dental professionals
  • recommend how the Government can best address the issues raised in the Health Select |committees 2008 report, including for example looking at trends in complex treatment and the suggestion that "more treatment bands are introduced"

Media files

As part of the independent review of NHS Dentistry Professor Jimmy Steele and his team have been engaging with dental professionals, NHS staff and patient representatives across the country. Professor Steele introduced the review's early findings to audiences in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Newcastle and received valuable feedback on the direction of the review.


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