06 April 2022
CDO, England, Sara Hurley, and Ali Sparke, Director for Dentistry, Community Pharmacy, Optometry and the NHS Standard Contract have issued an update today, which we have copied below, along with links to more information.
“During the pandemic we set out further guidance for practices on how to operate, via the dental standard operating procedure. As the NHS moves in line with the Government’s Living with Covid strategy, we will now archive the dental SOP. Guidance on infection prevention and control measures contained in the , remain under review. Any changes will be notified to you once published.
Practices are reminded that urgent dental care should be provided as part of their core service offer to patients, and that adherence to risk based recall intervals and other NICE guidance is a contractual requirement.
For orthodontic services, which have been able to return to normal levels of activity more rapidly, normal contract volumes will be in place for 2022/23.
Recognising there will be additional steps some contractors may need to take to return to full contractual delivery we have agreed an exceptional further period of support for the first quarter of 2022/23. A performance threshold of 95% Units of Dental Activity (UDAs) will apply during April to June (Q1) 2022/23.
The full year income protection set at 90% of contracted activity for practices exiting the prototype programme will continue, as previously communicated.
The conditions for income protection continue to apply. All practices delivering NHS services must continue to use 100% of their contracted capacity for NHS work.
As always, arrangements will be kept under review subject to further significant Covid developments or elevated IPC requirements”.