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About the programme

The dental contact reform programme looks at a new way of delivering services that involves the patient following a care pathway that’s prescribed by the dentist. 

The programme aims to:

  • encourage patients to take responsibility for their oral health
  • focus on disease prevention
  • reduce the amount of remedial dental work carried out

Patients will still have access to the full range of treatments available on the NHS when clinically appropriate.

The programme includes a financial system that focuses on two contractual measures:

  • capitation
  • activity

These should provide the incentives to make sure practices continue to attract patients and deliver the clinical pathway within the limits their contract will allow. 

Find out more about contract reform on the gov.uk website.

Dental practice participation 

We’ve invited NHS dental practices to join the programme in phases. Each phase aims to:

  • increase overall learning
  • practice for any future rollout

There are now over 100 dental practices taking part in the programme.

Support and resources will be made available to practices, including: 

  • webinars
  • one-to-one calls
  • factsheets

You can find these resources on our website.

Read our guide on becoming a prototype practice - what to do and when (PDF: 264KB) in order to prepare to implement the new contract prototype.