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Welsh dental pilot programme

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Reports on the Welsh dental pilot programme.
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Testing new systems of payment and delivery of dental services in Wales.

Between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2015 we piloted alternative systems of payment to dentists as well as new approaches to the delivery of NHS dental services.

We moved away from Units of Dental Activity towards a system of tailored patient care, based on risk assessment and quality. A simple care pathway will outline patients’ needs by using a high, medium and low risk scale.

The next stage is to develop a prototype of the modified system and gather more evidence before any final decisions are made on the shape of any future contractual changes in Wales.