An extra 20 dental practices have joined a dental pilot programme to test the new dental contract, Health Minister Lord Howe has announced.
There are now 90 dental practices across the country helping to test different elements of the new contract. These sites will look at preventative oral health with a focus on better results for both adults and children.
Speaking at the Local Dental Committee conference, Health Minister Lord Howe said: 'I am pleased to announce a further 20 dental practices have now joined our dental programme. The insight and feedback we are gathering from all the pilot sites is proving to be invaluable in shaping the future dental contract.
'I would like to thank those taking part for the excellent work which has been carried out so far.'
The pilot sites are looking at how dentists can be paid on the basis of the health results they produce rather than the number of treatments they carry out. The sites are also testing out different care pathways, with a greater emphasis on prevention, and where patients receive a more personalised care plan to improve their dental health in the long term.
Work is also underway to look at the IT systems dental practices use to better support dentists in their everyday work.
The dental pilot programme will help shape the future dental contract which is under development and which will ensure prevention and better oral health outcome for all is at the centre.
The new pilot sites are:
St Michael’s Dental Practice Wakefield West Yorks
Daventry Dental Practice Daventry Northants
Eston Dental Practice Middlesbrough Cleveland
Skipton Road Dental Surgery Colne Lancashire
Noah’s Ark Dental Surgery Fowey Cornwall
Richmond Dental Care Sheffield South Yorkshire
Inglewood House Whitefield Greater Manchester
Colney Hatch Dental Practice LTD Muswell Hill London
Shrewsbury Dental Centre (IDH) Shrewsbury Shropshire
Easton Dental Practice Bristol Bristol
Pittar Chambers Dental Practice Exeter Devon
Oasis Dental Care, The White House, Bognor Regis Bognor Regis West Sussex
Purity Dudley West Midlands
Minto Road Dental Care Sheffield South Yorkshire
Carillon Dental Loughborough Leicestershire
Wisdom Dental Clinic Chesterfield Derbyshire
The Dentists at Watling Street Road Preston Lancashire
St James Dental Practice Winchester Hampshire
Yeading Dental Care Hayes Middlesex
Hendon Dental Practice Hendon London