This report provides information on dental working hours for NHS dentists in England and Wales for 2006/07 and 2007/08. Information on average weekly hours and weekly NHS hours, weeks of annual leave and the division of time between NHS and private dentistry, and clinical and administrative work, is presented. The report also makes some comparisons between this new information and the results of the 'Survey of General Dental Practitioners' Workload', conducted by the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) in 2000.
The sample was determined from the results of a survey, the 'NHS Business and Provider and Performer Arrangement Enquiry', administered to all dentists (who had some NHS activity recorded within 2006/07 or 2007/08) across England and Wales. The population is based on data sourced from the Dental Services Division (DSD) of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA).
This report has been produced by The NHS Information Centre for health and social care. A joint working group with representation from the NHS Information Centre, the Department of Health (DH), the British Dental Association (BDA), the secretariat for the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB), the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) and the DSD was consulted on this study and the content of the report.