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Publication, Part of

NHS Dental Statistics for England, Quarter 3, 31 December 2006

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


This is the third in the series of quarterly reports on NHS activity and workforce dental statistics following the introduction of the new contractual arrangements on 1 April 2006.

Key Facts

  • At 31 December 2006, over 28.1 million patients had seen a dentist in the previous 24 months. A breakdown by adults and children is available for the first time, which shows 20.3 million patients seen were adults and 7.8 million were children in England. These figures show little change from the period ending 31 March 2006.
  • 55.7 per cent of the population were seen by an NHS dentist in the previous 24 months in England as at 31 December 2006. 51.5 per cent of adults and 70.5 per cent of children had seen an NHS dentist in the previous 24 months.
  • The proportion of the adult population seen by an NHS dentist in the previous 24 months varies between SHA areas from 40.5 per cent in South Central SHA to 60.4 per cent in North East SHA. For children the proportion of the population seen by an NHS dentist in the previous 24 months varies between 65.3 per cent in London SHA to 73.3 per cent in South West SHA.
  • There were 9.3 million reported Courses of Treatment (CoTs) processed in Q3 which is an increase of 391,000 since Q2 (an increase of 4.4 per cent). The highest number of CoTs in Q3 were within Band 1 which is consistent with previous quarters.
  • In comparison to atypical activity reported in Q1, activity has become more stable in Q2 and Q3. Between Q1 and Q3 the proportion of reported CoTs processed which were Band 1 have decreased slightly while Band 3 CoTs, which take longer to complete, have increased from 3.3 per cent in Q1 to 4.3 per cent in Q2 and 4.5 per cent in Q3.
  • Reported Units of Dental Activity (UDAs) processed increased since Q2 by 1.1 million to 19.6 million in Q3. During Q3 the highest proportion of reported UDAs processed were within Band 2 with 43.2 per cent. As a consequence of the increased proportion of Band 3 CoTs, the proportion of Band 3 UDAs has also risen from 20.2 per cent in Q1 to 25.7 per cent in Q3.
  • The number of dentists on open NHS contracts as of 31 December 2006 is 20,887 in England. This shows an increase of 602 dentists since 30 September 2006. However, the BSA estimate that most of the increase is attributable to improved timeliness of data and a slight change in the recording of contract details which took effect from 1 October 2006. There is now a dentist on an open NHS contract for every 2,414 population at the end of the third quarter.
  • Detailed data at PCT and SHA level are included as annexes to this report covering Q1 to Q3 (boundaries used as at 1 October 2006). Furthermore, a factsheet tool is available (see Annex 2), which provides all the detailed information in Annex 3 at the required PCT or SHA level.


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