Dental commissioning

These statistics show the amount of NHS dental activity that has been commissioned, measured in Units of Dental Activity (UDAs).

These figures are published on a quarterly basis.



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).

These statistics show the volume of Units of Dental Activity (UDAs) commissioned by the 14 Local Offices as at the end of September 2018, for the upcoming 12 months.


Key findings last quarter

  • 88 million UDAs had been commissioned as at 30th September 2018.
  • This is a decrease of 74,000 (-0.1%) compared to UDAs commissioned in June 2018, and a decrease of 258,000 (-0.3%) compared to September 2017.
  • UDAs commissioned but not yet delivering services represent 0.1% of all UDAs commissioned as at September 2018.



Last quarter

DC01 September 2018 Detailed Paper (DOCX, 334KB)

Dental Commissioning 2018-09 (XLS, 15KB)

Dental Commissioning 2018-09 (CSV, 3KB)


Full list of publications

Dental Commissioning Statistics, England – All publications


Related Links

NHS Digital publish quarterly dental statistics here.



Contact Details

For statistical enquiries, please contact the NHS England Analytical Team at