Access to NHS Dental service has been a challenge for many patients, and there has been reduced capacity amongst dental practices for many reasons, including increased need for treatment, treatments taking longer to complete, and practices leaving the NHS.

In June 2023, the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICB) piloted the Flexible Commissioning scheme where practices could set aside a proportion of their capacity to provide access for these patients

The BOB ICB has agreed to extend the flexible commissioning service for another year in 2024-25, which will give greater capacity to dental practices. The scheme will provide access for:

  • People who have not attended a dental practice for 2 years
  • People who have relocated to the area
  • Looked After Children
  • Families of Armed Forces personnel
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Those with clinical/medical need that requires attendance at a dental practice

The service aims to see patients on a planned basis bringing them into NHS care on an on-going basis, but practices may also be able to see patients with an urgent treatment need.

Read more about this scheme.

Downloads:

BOB ICB Dental flexible commissioning services 2024- 25 letter

Published on 30 Apr (updated 3 Jun)

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