Information for professionals in South West

The South West primary care dental team is based in different offices but work as a team across the whole of the region which includes Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. While members of the team all have particular roles and workstreams, they provide cross-cover if any of them are away.

Since regional re-alignment in April 2020, the South West is amalgamating functions from the North and South of the team into one, but in the interim please see additional Information for Professional for Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire here.


The team mailbox is monitored daily and all enquiries should be sent directed to:


South West Dental Commissioning Team:

Head of Primary Care, South West: Laila Pennington

Senior Programme Manager, South West: Mel Smoker

Programme Manager DCIoS, Somerset, Dorset:  Tessa Fielding

Programme Manager, BNSSG, BSW&G:  Jo Lawton

Commissioning Managers

Chris Breens

Lisa Chivers

Rachael Crawley

Senior Commissioning Officers    

Lisa Kingsbury

Sarah McFarlane

Sarah Workman

Commissioning Officers    

Faye Latham

Joey Mashike

Rashmi Purkayastha

Commissioning Support Assistants

Alli Voysey

Paula Burley


The Dental Bulletin includes latest news, alerts and guidance from the Area Team, with attachments where necessary.

Guidance and Forms

A range of Dental referral guidance and forms for the South West are available for use by dental professionals, covering specialities and secondary care patient pathways.

Further links to provider process guidance such as Compass, payments, NHSmail, training and relevant organisations can be accessed via the Links page.

Dentists can also refer to the Support for Dentists page if you are looking for help related to working in dentistry/primary care, including how to access Occupational Health services, mental health support and other issues.


Dental commissioning policies are available from the NHS England and NHS Improvement website.

Interpretation and Translation

Interpretation and translation services are available for dental practices when treating NHS patients. These are paid for by NHS England and NHS Improvement, but may require an ID code to access. Please contact if any queries or feedback.

Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

Language Empire provide the following services on behalf of NHS England and NHS Improvement:

  • Spoken face-to-face interpreting1
  • Telephone interpreting
  • Translation/transcription services

1 Please note BSL is provided under separate contracts – see British Sign Language section below for your correct provider.

In order to book, manage, track, or cancel a linguist request, please sign into Language Empire’s online LE-LSM portal

All practices are allocated unique access details. If you do not have these or have any questions related to these services, please contact, or Language Empire who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a dedicated customer services telephone line 0330 20 20 270 or email:

You can also find helpful service support materials and additional information on the Language Empire site.

Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire

DA Languages Ltd are appointed to provide interpretation and translation services in BaNES, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire since 1st April 2019. They cover over 450 languages and dialects and booking is available via the DA Link Portal.

All contractors should have received a welcome pack with details on how to access and use the service.  If you have not yet received this information please contact

DA Languages website:



Dorset services are currently under different arrangements and practices will need to contact the interpreter/ organisation to make a booking. Some patients requiring BSL interpreting will have a preferred provider – please contact england.wessexmedical@nhsnet if you require support.


T: 0800 004 2000

  • Telephone translation
  • Document translation

Requires PIN number for access.

If you do not have access to a code, please contact

Bournemouth Interpreters:


T: 07818 420522

  • Face-to-face interpreting
  • Document translation
  • Telephone interpreting

British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation:

Please contact the relevant provider for your practice area:

Useful links for primary care dental providers

There are a range of up to date websites and resources containing information on NHS dentistry.

There is also information available for Performer List applications, changes and enquiries.