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).


Last quarter

  • March 2020 – to reduce the burden on dental commissioners and ensure capacity to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision not to collect DC01 data for the foreseeable future. We will advise when this changes.

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