A dentist with a GDS or PDS contract may provide as little or as much NHS treatment as he or she chooses or has agreed with their primary care trust. Information concerning the amount of time dedicated to NHS work by individual GDS or PDS dentists is not centrally available.
The new dental contract will be introduced on
Data includes all notifications of dentists joining or leaving the CDS or PDS, received by the Dental Practice Board, up to
Dentists consist of principals, assistants and trainees. Prison contracts have been excluded. The postcode of the dental practice was used to allocate dentists to specific geographic areas. SNA areas have been defined using the Office for National Statistics all fields postcode directory.
Data on the number of dentists working only in private practice is not held centrally.