For the first time, from this summer, NHS dentists will be paid for the quality of the treatment they give rather than the number of treatments provided.
Sixty-two dental practices have been selected to trial a new dental contract that will help improve outcomes for patients. The trials are designed to improve the quality of patient care and increase access to NHS dental services with the added objective of improving the oral health of children.
The new contract will be based around capitation, registration and quality. This means that, for the first time, dentists will be rewarded for the quality of care they deliver for patients rather than the number of treatments carried out.
Three different models will be piloted across England starting in the summer. Each model will be slightly different in order to provide information and evidence on various aspects of the proposals; this will help better inform the development of the new national contract.