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Publication, Part of

NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England 31 March 2006

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations
Date Range:
31 Mar 1997 to 31 Mar 2006


This report covers treatment provided under the General Dental Service (GDS) and Personal Dental Service (PDS), often referred to as 'high street dentist', in England up to 31 March 2006, the day before the new NHS dental contract was introduced. Most of the data are presented over a ten-year period. Detailed data at PCT, SHA and parliamentary constituency level are included as annexes to this report. The boundaries used are as at 31 March 2006.

Key Facts

  • There were 24.7 million patients registered with an NHS dentist as at 31 March 2006. This is over half a million more than at the same point in 2005 an increase of 2.4 per cent.
  • Nearly half of the total population of England were registered with an NHS dentist - 45 per cent of adults and 64 per cent of children were registered.
  • As at 31 March 2006, there were 21,111 NHS dentists on a PCT list in England. This is 6.6 per cent higher than the same period in 2005 and 28 per cent higher than in 1997. An NHS dentist may perform as little or as much NHS treatment as he or she chooses or has agreed with a Primary Care Trust. In some cases an NHS dentist may appear on a PCT list yet not perform any NHS work in that period.
  • As at 31 March 2006, 63 per cent of all NHS dentists were male, compared with 37 per cent female. The percentage of female dentists was higher in the younger age groups. The majority of NHS dentists aged under 30 were female (53 per cent).
  • Of those NHS dentists at 31 March 2006 where the country of qualification was known, 21 per cent qualified outside the United Kingdom.
  • Nearly 46 per cent of new NHS dentists (where the country of qualification was known) qualified outside the UK in the year to 31 March 2006. This is the highest proportion recorded in the last ten years. Those who qualified in Poland accounted for 17 per cent of new entrants.


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