personal dental services


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personal dental services

Services in the UK offering patients personalised dental care which is equivalent to that provided by General Dental Practitioners within the Family Health Services, but within a more flexible framework of local commissioning.

Primary care trusts (PCTs) can contract with practitioners or other providers to provide patient services, but are free to negotiate and set contract terms which best suit local circumstances and priorities. Where services have converted from GDS contracts, a transfer is made on an annual basis from the General Dental Services non-discretionary budget and allocated to the individual PCT's discretionary budget. PCTs can also commit other funding from their HCHS discretionary allocations or integrate more specialised elements of former Community Dental Services into PDS schemes. Gross expenditure represents the total cost of the service; net expenditure represents the proportion of total costs met by the NHS after taking into account the income from dental charges collected from patients.
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The commissioner will be contracting for the services using the standard Personal Dental Services (PDS) Agreement and an appended service specification.
Dr Crouch had also sought to prove the PCT had unlawfully failed to carry out adequate public consultation to assess local orthodontic needs before drawing up new personal dental services agreements in April 2006, however he failed to win that leg of his legal challenge.
Dentist Philip Ratcliffe from Caldy, Wirral, was given an MBE, after setting up one of the first practices in the country to follow the new personal dental services system, and working hard to persuade most of Wirral's dentists to carry on treating NHS patients.
Marcus Woof, clinical director of personal dental services at the trust, said having dental check-ups at a young age was vital.
The pounds 5m Personal Dental Services (PDS) scheme is designed to safeguard dentistry for more than half a million people already registered with a dentist.
At first this contract, known as the Personal Dental Services contract, seemed like a godsend.
Prior information notice without call for competition:Primary Care Personal Dental Services
It concerned the question whether the PCT unlawfully failed to consult the public adequately in order to assess local orthodontic needs before introducing the new personal dental services agreements (PDSAs) in April 2006 to improve the service.
Although 98% of dentists in Wales signed a new general dental services or personal dental services contract last year, the Welsh Assembly Government has stated that 74,000 former NHS patients are now without a dentist.
Marcus Woof, clinical director of personal dental services at the PCT, said having dental checkups at a young age was vital.
We had already started to see a rise in the number of NHS dental places available thanks to the Personal Dental Services (PDS) Scheme.
Last year the Government announced plans for new contracts known as Personal Dental Services.

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