As a contracted Practice with NHS England we provide dental care in accordance with national requirements. We also provide orthodontic treatment on the NHS for patients who are eligible as part of our agreement with NHS England.
Our NHS contract means we can provide all necessary care to achieve this, although some treatments (such as cosmetic dentistry) are not available on the NHS.
NHS charges are set by the government and are the same at all practices. The current fees are:
Band 1: £21.60
Band 2: £59.10
Band 3: £256.50
Orthodontic Assessment: £21.60
Orthodontic 18 and over: £256.50
In 2011, we became one of 70 Practices to be selected by the Department of Health to develop a new way of providing NHS dental Care in England. This process has continued with the conversion to a 'Prototype' Dental Practice. There are now 80 Prototype Practices in England. We are proud and privileged to be working with the Department of Health and NHS England to improve the oral health of our patients.
For more information regarding NHS dental charges and services, go to NHS Dental Services.
Registration in a Prototype Dental Practice
In a prototype practice, patients are registered for a period of 3 years. Each time we see you, the 3 -year period is started again, so as long as we see you regularly, you will always be registered with us for NHS treatment. So, keep your appointments and stay registered!
If we don't see you for a period of 3 years since your last course of treatment started, your registration will lapse and you will not be on our NHS list anymore. This means we may not be able to see you on the NHS straight away and you may need to go on our NHS waiting list. This is because we have a limited list size and we are only funded by the NHS to treat patients who are on our registered list. If you are not on our NHS list, we would be only be able to treat you privately until a space becomes available.
What is the difference in a Prototype NHS Practice
As a prototype Practice we care for our NHS patients on the Care Pathway. We place a greater emphasis on prevention and we work with patients so that you can achieve long term oral health. The pathway briefly comprises the following:
1. The process begins with an 'Oral Health Assessment'. This is more than just a normal check-up, as it also involves a thorough analysis of oral health risks and a discussion about your oral hygiene routine.
2. We then put together a 'Care plan' for you so that you can carry out self care for yourself. This involves putting prevention into practice by adopting a healthy lifestyle and improving your oral hygiene. This may include changes such as making dietary changes or reducing sugar intake and improving tooth brushing techniques.
3. Stabilising treatment is then planned to address and provide any treatment which is clinically necessary. This may be provided by the Dentist, but sometimes it may also be provided by other dental care professionals, such as a Therapist, or an Oral Health Educator (OHE), who are specially trained and qualified to perform these treatments.
4. Following the initial phase of treatment, an 'Interim Care' appointment may be booked several months later. This focuses on prevention and monitoring and may be booked with an OHE or therapist, or a Dentist in some cases.
5. Finally, we will arrange you next assessment appointment, based on your level of risk. The frequency may be anywhere between 3 months if the risk is high, or 24 months if the risk is very low. At your next assessment, the whole process begins again.
What is a Therapist and what can she do?
A Therapist is a dental care professional, who is qualified and registered with the General Dental Council, very much like a Dentist, who is able to provide a range of treatments, usually under the prescription of a Dentist. The treatments they are able to carry out include fillings, extraction of deciduous (baby) teeth and they can also take impressions and X-rays. However, a therapist has a strong emphasis on oral health and prevention, and will also carry out the same duties as a Hygienist and treat periodontal (gum) disease, apply fluoride treatments and generally promote oral health. The Therapist will often be required to carry out routine treatments such as fillings and gum treatments rather than the Dentist, to make more effective use of appointment time. In our Practice, we have one Therapist, Lilly New, who carries out NHS treatments under the direction of the Dentists in her role as a therapist.
What is an Oral Health Educator and what can she do?
An Oral Health Educator (OHE) is a specially trained dental nurse who has received further training so that they have additional skills. They are able to provide oral health education and oral health promotion, apply fluoride varnish to patients teeth, provide diet advice and oral healthcare advice and carry out some monitoring of plaque control. They always provide care under the direction of a Dentist. In our Practice we have 5 OHE's. They all carry out care on NHS patients under the prescription of a Dentist and their main role is to promote oral health and prevention services to patients.