The clinical philosophy of dental contract reform concentrates on changing the focus of dental services. The intention is to focus on disease prevention instead of treatments given.
The care pathway
Patients will be taken on a journey, known as the care pathway.
This will allow patients to:
- receive treatment where clinically necessary
- take responsibility for their oral health
- take an active role in their own care to help prevent the occurrence of disease
It’s recognised that it takes time to support a patient to:
- make the most effective change in their oral health
- follow preventive advice to try and reduce formal interventions
This change is in line with the changes that are being introduced to the wider NHS.
You can find out more information in the factsheet on care pathway approach (PDF: 170KB).
Dental Quality and Outcomes Framework (DQOF)
The Dental Quality and Outcomes Framework provides a measure of the quality of services provided by the practice.
View the Dental Quality and Outcomes Framework presentation (Powerpoint: 159KB) to find out more about the clinical rationale behind DQOF.
Information on Delivering Better Oral Health (DBOH)(PDF: 4.3MB).