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Dental Provider Assurance

What is provider assurance?

The Dental Provider Assurance (PA) services deliver performance and contract management activities. The service provides an assurance about the quality and probity of treatment delivered by NHS primary care dentistry contracts.

We deliver assurance for dental providers, commissioners and stakeholders through evidence based activities. We use these activities to understand risks and enable providers and commissioners to manage them.

Background

We have been supporting NHS England in their management of contracts through our Clinical Advisors since 2006. More recently we have supported their response to the NHS Protect Loss Analysis Report by delivering the 28 Day Re-attendance activity review.

We are working with NHS England to develop the service further with the following objectives:

  • Ensure that all providers are treated consistently
  • Manage risks at a national level
  • Free up commissioners to support providers locally

    Principles of delivery

    We undertake to deliver this service by:

    • Ensuring it is always clinically led
    • Working in collaboration with providers
    • Focusing on specific risks
    • Delivering guidance and information
    • Ensuring an evidenced based and non-judgemental service
    • Enabling and supporting providers to deliver their activity