NHS England’s role in dental commissioning is to ultimately achieve excellence and consistency in the commissioning of dental specialties in England to reduce inequalities, improve care for patients to ensure they are receiving the highest quality dental care in the most appropriate setting, delivered by professionals with the required skill set, resulting in improved outcomes and ensuring value for money for the taxpayer.
The Dental team led by the Chief Dental Officer has a cross system role, providing professional and clinical leadership to Public Health England (PHE), Department of Health (DH), Health Education England (HEE), Care Quality Commission (CQC) and other departmental bodies. Key responsibilities include providing:
- professional and clinical leadership on all matters relating to dental education;
- clinical input into areas of legislation that define how primary care dental services are provided and any changes to legislation need to be managed through DH;
- clinical input into NHS England’s direct commissioning of all dental services.
The team supports the development of policy and guidance and more generally they manage the interface with PHE, DH, HEE, CQC, dental societies and colleges on the wider work on behaviour change. They work with Dental Leads, Heads of Primary Care and Directors of Commissioning to develop a view on how and which vital services should be commissioned across the country.