Primary Care Dentistry – Contract Monitoring QIPP

The Journey –

NHS Somerset holds contracts with 74 Primary Care Dental Practices, with an annual contract value of £27 million.

Through an annual contract review process the Primary Care Team developed key performance indicators that allowed activity to be analysed down to individual performer/patient level. 

Comparisons were made by Clinician and Practice across the county and best practice encouraged in terms of patient recall intervals and dealing with repeat attending patients.



Patients with high needs are now being managed more effectively (fewer claims per patient) and recall intervals have improved to exceed national average indicators.

 Annual Saving: £700,000 recurring


Annual value of savings made

Year: 2008 and ongoing         Amount: £700,000       Recurrent


Patient setting

In-patient Out-patient Community base  X
Mental health Chronic illness Cross-systems


 Clinical area

Staying healthy  X Maternity/Newborn Children and young people Acute care
Planned care Mental health Long-term conditions End of life



Information, tools and techniques used 




County wide Somerset



2008 and ongoing


Contact details and further information

Richard Wood -Associate Director for Primary Care Development

01935 384122

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