Dental

Coronavirus

NHS England & NHS Improvement national advice for clinicians on the coronavirus is at www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/. If you are a member of the public looking for health advice, go to the NHS website. And if you are looking for the latest travel information, and advice about the government response to the outbreak, go to the gov.uk website.

The South West Primary Care Dental team is communicating information for dentistry professionals related to coronavirus, via Special Bulletins and updates. These are being sent to all practice emails we have been notified previously – if you are a practice manager or contract holder and not receiving these, please contact england.swdental@nhs.net quoting your contract number(s) and practice details. We request that practices cascade these communications to your GDPs and other appropriate staff as we do not manage individual staff contact data.

The dental team encourage all GDPs both working in the NHS and private practices, to engage with your relevant Local Dental Committees who are supporting with communications and guidance, particularly with regards to Urgent Care Referrals at this time:

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LDC https://www.cornwall-ios-ldc.co.uk/contact/
Devon LDC https://devonldc.org/contact/
Somerset LDC http://www.somersetldc.org/contact-us/
Dorset LDC https://www.dorsetldc.org/contact-us/
Avon LDC https://www.avonldc.org.uk/contact/
Gloucestershire LDC http://gloucestershireldc.co.uk/contact-us/
Wiltshire LDC https://www.wiltsldc.co.uk/contact.htm

The role of our primary care dental teams is to:

  • Commission quality, accessible and timely NHS dental services for  residents in the South West, across primary, secondary and community care dental pathways
  • Implemented through national contracting mechanisms, enablers and frameworks, developed to support local commissioning of NHS dental services

Information for professionals

Local office dental contacts

For Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
Tel: 01138 253039
Email: england.swdental@nhs.net

For Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire
Tel: 0113 825 1520
Email: England.bgsw-dental@nhs.net

Support for Dentists

There are many organisations that dentists can contact for help, support and advice.

Local Dental Networks

Local Dental Networks (LDN) are key to providing local clinical leadership. They support the implementation of national strategy and policy at local level and are a vehicle for working with key stakeholders on the development and delivery of local priorities.

The LDN is represented through a national LDN Assembly in order to influence future policy change and improvements. A single operating framework guides LDNs’ establishment, development and functioning. This promotes consistency of approach across the country but also allows flexibility for health communities to develop their own LDN structures in line with local need and circumstances.

We currently have information about the following LDNs: