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  • Release date: 20 August 2015
  • Period covered: April 2014 to March 2015
  • Next update: November 2015
Data includes information on the number of patients receiving NHS dental treatment, the type of treatments provided and the numbers of NHS dentists.

Key points

Activity between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015

  • A total of just over 5.0 million Units of Dental Activity (UDA) were carried out in 2014-15, a decrease of 1.5 per cent when compared with 2013-14. This represented nearly 2.4 million individual NHS dental courses of treatment (CoT), a slight increase of 0.1 per cent compared with 2013-14.
  • 85.6 per cent of adult Courses of Treatment (CoTs) included an examination, equating to over 1.5 million CoTs.
  • The total number of Units of Orthodontic Activity (UOAs) credited during 2014-15 in Wales was 202,540.

Patients treated in the 24 months before 31 March 2015

  • 1.7 million Patients were recorded as having been treated in the 24 months before 31 March 2015 amounting to 54.8 per cent of the population. 64.9 per cent of the child (under 18 years) and 52.3 per cent of the adult population (18 years or over) were treated in the previous 24 months.

Workforce between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015

  • There were 1,439 dentists with NHS activity recorded on dental activity (FP17W) forms, equating to 4.7 dentists per 10,000 population.

Patient charges between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015

  • 42.7 per cent of all CoTs were for paying adults. The total patient charge for this amounted to £31.6 million, an increase of 4.5 per cent when compared to the patient charge of £30.2 million in 2013-14.


Quarterly data are published on StatsWales and a report is published annually.


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