Dental Commissioning Statistics, England – September 2019

These statistics show the volume of Units of Dental Activity (UDAs) commissioned by the 14 Local Offices as at the end of September 2019, for the upcoming 12 months.


UDAs are a measure of the amount of work done during dental treatment. More complex dental treatments count for more UDAs than simpler ones.


The figures are broken down into two groups:


  • UDAs commissioned where the dental service is being provided;
  • UDAs commissioned in contracts not yet delivering services (for example, UDAs in new contracts, where the contract has been signed but the dental activity has not yet started).


Key findings this quarter:


  • 87.3 million UDAs had been commissioned as at 30th September 2019.
  • This is a decrease of 50,000 (-0.1%) compared to UDAs commissioned in June 2019 and a decrease of 721,000 (-0.8%) compared to September 2018.
  • UDAs commissioned but not yet delivering services represent 0.2% of all UDAs commissioned as at September 2019.

NOTE: The first release of the detailed paper, published at 09:30am on the 7th November 2019, had a discrepancy between the March 2019 figure in the chart on the first page and the table in the Annex of the Dental Commissioning document. The data has now been corrected in the annex.


For more detailed analysis:


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DC01 September 2019 Detailed Paper (DOC, 318KB)

Dental Commissioning 2019-09 (XLS, 14KB)

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