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NHS Dental Statistics for England - 2015/16, Third Quarterly Report

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Government Office Regions, Local Authorities, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups
Date Range:
01 Oct 2015 to 31 Mar 2016


Users of these data should note the following: On the 23rd September 2016, the patients seen data in the quarter 3 report were updated. A change in the payment processing system at source resulted in incorrect values for the patient seen data at all geographical levels. National level figures previously published show a difference of less than 0.5 per cent to the corrected figures. These figures have been corrected in this publication and the appropriate sections highlighted.

This quarterly report brings together information on NHS dental activity in England up to quarter 3 2015-16 and information on the number of patients seen by an NHS dentist, up to quarter 4 of 2015-16.

From the next NHS Dental Statistics for England annual publication, due to be released in August, we will be publishing data on the number of children seen by an NHS dentist in the 12 months to 30 June 2016 rather than the 24 month period to this date. These data will be available at CCG and local authority geographies. This will mean a distinct break in the time series for child patients seen. If any user anticipates that this will adversely impact them please contact us at

Key Facts

• A total of 30.2 million patients were seen in the 24 month period ending 31 March 2016, an increase of 2.1 million on the March 2006 baseline. This represents 55.7 per cent of the population compared with the March 2006 baseline of 55.6 per cent.
• The number of children seen by an NHS dentist stands at 8.1 million, 3.7 per cent above the March 2006 baseline of 7.8 million, although the percentage of children seen (69.8 per cent) is below the March 2006 baseline (70.2 per cent).
• There were 9.9 million courses of treatments  (CoT) in quarter 3 of 2015/16, an increase of 95,407 (1.0 per cent) on quarter 3 of 2014/15. The CoT have increased for Band 1 treatments and decreased for all other treatment bands for the same time period.
• During quarter 3 of 2015/16 paying adults accounted for the largest percentage of patients receiving treatment in each treatment band with the exception of Band 3 treatments, where non-paying adults received 49.4 per cent of these treatments.


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