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NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 3: 31 December 2007

Publication date

June 5, 2008

Summary

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care publishes regular information on National Health Service (NHS) primary care dental services. Detailed reports which cover each financial year are supported by quarterly updates.

The data is sourced from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) Dental Services Division (DSD) payment systems. This report covers all activity (excluding orthodontic work) carried out in the third quarter of 2007/08; the second year of the new contractual arrangements for NHS dentists. It also shows revised data for the first quarter and second quarter of 2007/08, which accounts for treatments reported late.

Key Facts

In the 24 months leading up to 31 December 2007:

  • a total of 27.3 million patients had been seen by an NHS dentist in England, which is equivalent to 53.7 per cent of the total population of England. This is a drop of 3.1 per cent (0.9 million) on the number of patients seen in the 24 months leading to the end of the old dental contract on 31 March 2006, where 28.1 million patients were seen by an NHS dentist, equivalent to 55.8 per cent of the population at that time.
  • 19.6 million adults aged 18 and over were seen by an NHS dentist, equivalent to 49.3 per cent of all adults in England. This is a drop of 0.7 million (3.6 per cent) when compared with the number of adult patients seen in the 24 months ending 31 March 2006.
  • the percentage of all adults seen varies amongst Strategic Health Authority (SHA) areas, with figures ranging from 38.9 per cent in South Central SHA to 58.3 per cent in North East SHA.
  • 7.7 million children under the age of 18 were seen by an NHS dentist, equivalent to 69.6 per cent of all children in England. This is a drop of 0.1 million (1.8 per cent) when compared with the number of child patients seen in the 24 months ending 31 March 2006.
  • as with adults, the percentage of all children seen varies amongst SHA areas, with figures ranging from 64.8 per cent in London SHA to 73.4 per cent in North East SHA.

In the third quarter of 2007/08:

  • there were 8.8 million Courses of Treatments (CoTs) carried out in England.
  • band 1 accounted for more than half of the CoTs carried out in England (53 per cent). Band 2 was the next most common treatment band accounting for 31 per cent, while 5 per cent of CoTs fell within Band 3. The remaining 12 per cent of CoTs were urgent and non-chargeable treatments.
  • there were 19.2 million Units of Dental Activity (UDAs) carried out in England.
  • the UDAs within Band 2 amounted to 42 per cent of all UDAs in England. Band 3 treatments accounted for a further 27 per cent of all UDAs, and Band 1 accounted for 24 per cent. Of the remainder, Band 1 Urgent UDAs accounted for 5 per cent of the total and the non chargeable courses of treatment accounted for 1 per cent. These figures contrast with the figures for CoTs where more than half were within Band 1, and reflect the fact that simpler treatments (such as Band 1) represent fewer UDAs. Note that the CoT and UDA data for Quarter 3 of 2007/08 are provisional and may be subsequently revised throughout the year to account for Courses of Treatment reported late.