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Publication, Part of

NHS Dental Statistics for England, Quarter 2, 30 September 2009

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations
Date Range:
01 Apr 2006 to 30 Sep 2009


This publication has been superseded by the Quarter 3 report which has now been released:

This report considers NHS provisional dental activity in England under the contractual arrangements which came into effect on 1 April 2006. The latest activity information relates to the second quarter of 2009/10, up to and including 30 September 2009.

Key Facts

  • In the second quarter of 2009/10, an estimated 9.7 million Courses of Treatment (CoTs) were delivered in England, a 4.1 per cent increase on the final figure for the second quarter of 2008/09.
  • This equates to an estimated 21.1 million Units of Dental Activity (UDAs), a 6.3 per cent increase (1.3 million) on the final figures for the second quarter of 2008/09.
  • 28.2 million patients saw an NHS dentist in the 24 month period ending 31 December 2009, a 0.1 per cent increase compared to the 24 month period ending 31 March 2006.
  • This represents 54.7 per cent of the population, a 1.0 percentage point decrease on the proportion of the population seen in the 24 month period ending 31 March 2006.
  • Patients seen numbers for the period ending 31 December 2009 represent a 1.0 per cent increase (289 thousand) on the period ending 30 September 2009, the sixth consecutive quarter of growth in this measure.

Please note: This publication contains two typographical errors in Annex 2a (PCT Factsheet).

  • On the Patients Seen sheet, the table headed "Child patients seen as a percentage of the child population in the previous 24 months ending at the specified dates" contains a column headed "As at 30 Sep 2009, National Rank, SHA Rank". This column in fact refers to 31 Dec 2009 data.
  • The second error concerns the Activity sheet, in the table "Courses of Treatment, by treatment band: Q2 2008/09 (final) and Q2 2009/10 (provisional)". Columns in this table are labelled "2008/09 Q1" and "2009/10 Q1", where in fact the data refers to Q2 data for the respective years.

As these errors are relatively minor and the underlying data, though incorrectly labelled, is accurate, the published sheets have not been revised. However, the column headers have been corrected in our Q3 publication which supersedes this report.

Our Q3 report is available from the following link:

The NHS Information Centre apologises for this error and any inconvenience caused.


Last edited: 8 November 2018 3:27 pm