Dental Services: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS dental practices are actively involved in the oral health Starting Well Core initiative.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children who have visited an NHS dentist who would not have otherwise accessed NHS dental services as a result of the Starting Well Core initiative.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding has been committed to the oral health Starting Well Core initiative.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent on (1) developing, and (2) distributing to dental practices, posters, leaflets and other resources as part of the Starting Well Core initiative.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the oral health Starting Well Core initiative involved commissioning any additional NHS dentistry capacity.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Starting Well Core initiative in getting hard-to-reach children to attend NHS dental services for the first time.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The ‘Starting Well’ programme, was developed to reach out to families with young children in 13 high need areas who were not under the care of a dentist. The first schemes began in spring 2018.

Alongside this, NHS England has developed a complementary ‘Starting Well Core’ offer, supported by the Chief Dental Officer, which commissioners can use and fund locally based on their own assessment of need. This enables areas not involved in the original scheme to commission and fund similar approaches based on their assessment of local needs.

‘Starting Well Core’ is in its initial roll-out phase. Information on the number of practices involved will be made available centrally in due course as the scheme is taken up. NHS England advises that the areas adopting this scheme include London, West Midlands, Shropshire and Staffordshire, Cheshire and Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

NHS England advises that central costs for this scheme have focussed on developing resources, including patient information, for local commissioners who wish to use the ‘Starting Well Core’ approach. NHS England advises that to date the central spend is estimated at around £212,000. Information is not held centrally on any additional local funding directed to this scheme, including funding to increase dental capacity through this scheme. As the scheme is still being rolled out, it is, therefore, too early to assess its impact on attracting children to National Health Service dental services for the first time and no estimate has been made of the number of children who have visited an NHS dentist because of the Starting Well Core scheme, who would not have otherwise accessed NHS dental services.

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