30 September 2021
NHS England has announced an increase to the level of activity that will be required in order for NHS dental contract service holders in England to receive 100% of their contract value.
The letter, signed by Chief Dental Officer for England, Sara Hurley, states that mean performance in August 2021 was 70%, with 63% of contractors anticipating to achieve or exceed the existing 60% threshold. It highlights that IPC guidance is under review, and that this means that NHS England is “only able to set contractual priorities for the next quarter as [it needs] to retain the ability to respond to any revision of IPC requirements”.
As such, the letter confirms that:
- Contracts will continue to be in place for 100% of normal volumes
- There will be ongoing contractual protection for practices unable to deliver their full contractual activity between October and December 2021
- In October-December 2021, clawback will not be applied to practices delivering at least 65% of contracted UDAs and 85% of contracted UOAs.
- The rate of clawback will then reduce linearly down to a lower threshold of 52% of UDAs and 60% of UOAs. Below these levels normal clawback will apply.