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About the programme

The commitment to reform the current NHS dental contract has been a well-established goal of successive governments.

The dental contact reform programme now works with over 100 NHS dental practices to test a new way of providing NHS dental services. The aim is to transform services and bring prevention to the heart of every NHS dental practice.

We will continue to manage contracts through our systems. The aim will be to allow both contractors and commissioners to monitor contract delivery.

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

  • capitation (to increase focus on disease prevention)
  • non-capitated activity (for any necessary clinical treatment)

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. 

For the first time, the contract allows practices to exchange non-capitated activity for seeing additional patients to help deliver their overall contract. This is known as the exchange mechanism.

Dental practice participation in the programme

You can find out more information about who the prototype practices are. 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 are available to practices, including: 

  • webinars
  • one-to-one calls
  • factsheets

You can find these resources on our website.

You can also read about the experiences of some of our prototype practices (PDF: 325KB) as well as prototype patient case studies (PDF: 67KB).