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NHS Dental Statistics for England, Quarter 2: 30 September 2008

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Official statistics
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Geographic coverage:
England
Geographical granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations
Date range:
01 Apr 2006 to 30 Sep 2008

Summary

This report considers NHS dental activity in England under the new contractual arrangements which came into effect on 1 April 2006. The latest information relates to the second quarter of 2008/09, up to and including 30 September 2008.

Key facts

Courses of Treatment

  • in the second quarter of 2008/09, there were provisionally 9.1 million Courses of Treatment (CoTs) carried out in England, an increase of 0.2 million (2.4 per cent) on the final figure for the second quarter of 2007/08
  • in the first two quarters of 2008/09, there were provisionally 18.4 million CoTs carried out in England, an increase of 0.4 million (2.4 per cent) on the final figure for the first two quarters of 2007/08
  • in the first two quarters of 2008/09, Band 1 CoTs accounted for more than half of all CoTs carried out (53.8 per cent). Band 2 CoTs were the next most common, accounting for 30.3 per cent, whilst Band 3 CoTs made up 4.7 per cent. The remaining 11.3 per cent of CoTs were for Urgent and Other (charge exempt) treatments
  • in the first two quarters of 2008/09, the proportion of Band 1 CoTs decreased by 0.6 percentage points compared with the first two quarters of 2007/08. The proportion of Band 2, Band 3 and Urgent CoTs each increased by 0.2 percentage points, whilst there was no change in the proportion of Other (charge exempt) CoTs

Units of Dental Activity

  • 27.0 million patients were seen by an NHS dentist, equivalent to 52.9 per cent of the population. This is a decrease of 1.1 million (3.9 per cent) on the 28.1 million patients seen in the 24 month period ending 31 March 2006, equivalent to 55.8 per cent of the population at that time.

    However, this is an increase of 0.1 million (0.4 per cent) on the 26.9 million patients seen in the previous 24 month period ending 30 June 2008, equivalent to 52.7 per cent of the population at that time.
  • the proportion of the population that were seen by an NHS dentist in the 24 month period ending 30 September 2008 increased by 0.2 percentage points from the previous 24 month period ending 30 June 2008. This is the first time since September 2006 that this measure has increased from the previous quarter.
  • 19.4 million adults (aged 18 and over) were seen, equivalent to 48.5 per cent of the adult population. This is a decrease of 0.9 million (4.5 per cent) on the 20.3 million adults seen in the 24 month period ending 31 March 2006, equivalent to 51.6 per cent of the adult population at that time.

    However, this is an increase of 0.1 million (0.5 per cent) on the 19.3 million adults seen in the previous 24 month period ending 30 June 2008, equivalent to 48.3 per cent of the adult population at that time
  • 7.6 million children (aged under 18) were seen, equivalent to 69.1 per cent of the child population. This is a decrease of 0.2 million (2.6 per cent) on the 7.8 million children seen in the 24 month period ending 31 March 2006, equivalent to 70.7 per cent of the child population at the time

    However, this is an increase of 7,000 (0.1 per cent) on the number seen in the previous 24 month period ending 30 June 2008, equivalent to 69.0 per cent of the child population at that time.
  • the proportion of the population that had seen an NHS dentist varied between Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), with a higher percentage of patients seen in northern SHAs than southern SHAs. The percentage of the population seen varied from 60.6 per cent in North East SHA to 44.5 per cent in South Central SHA
  • the number of patients seen increased from the previous 24 month period ending 30 June 2008 across all SHAs. The percentage increase varied by SHA, from a 0.7 per cent increase in South West SHA to a marginal increase below 0.05 per cent in North East SHA.

Patients seen

In the 24 month period ending 30 September 2008:

  • in the second quarter of 2008/09, there were provisionally 19.4 million Units of Dental Activity (UDAs) carried out in England, an increase of 0.6 million (3.3 per cent) on the final figure for the second quarter of 2007/08
  • in the first two quarters of 2008/09, there were provisionally 39.1 million UDAs carried out, an increase of 1.4 million (3.6 per cent) on the final figure for the first two quarters of 2007/08
  • in the first two quarters of 2008/09, UDAs accounted for by Band 2 treatments (Band 2 UDAs) accounted for 42.6 per cent of all UDAs. Band 3 UDAs accounted for a further 26.2 per cent of all UDAs, and Band 1 UDAs accounted for 25.2 per cent. Of the remainder, Urgent UDAs accounted for 5.0 per cent of the total and Other (charge exempt) UDAs accounted for 0.9 per cent.

    These figures contrast with the proportions for CoTs where more than half were within Band 1, and reflect the fact that simpler treatments (such as Band 1) represent fewer UDAs
  • In the first two quarters of 2008/09, Band 1 UDAs decreased by 0.6 percentage points compared with the first two quarters of 2007/08. The corresponding change in Band 2 UDAs was a 0.3 percentage point decrease. The proportion of Band 3 and Urgent UDAs increased by 0.8 and 0.1 percentage points respectively, whilst there was no change in the proportion of Other (charge exempt) UDAs.

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