NHS England’s Guides for Commissioning Dental Specialties relate to the commissioning of NHS dental care in England. This series has been collaboratively produced by the dental profession and commissioners overseen by Chief Dental Officer England. NHS England has worked with Health Education England (HEE), Public Health England (PHE), specialist societies, patients and the public.
Designed primarily for NHS England commissioners; the Guides are intended to address the need for greater national level standardisation in NHS England’s commissioning of dental care as well as providing clarity and consistency around the dental services the NHS provides.
The Guides support the aspiration to breakdown the artificial divide between primary dental care and hospital specialists in order to allow all providers to work together to focus on patients and their needs. To achieve this we will all need to respond throughout the implementation phase by unlocking structural and cultural barriers to support transformational change in dental service delivery.
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