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NHS announces procurement of orthodontic services


NHS England has announced that changes will take place to the provision of orthodontic services across the south of England. 

Orthodontic treatment (usually with braces) is most often used to improve the appearance and alignment of crooked, protruding or crowded teeth, and to correct problems with the bite of the teeth.

A number of contracts to provide orthodontic services in the south of England will be coming to an end on 31st March 2019. NHS England will be holding a procurement process in the New Year to award new contracts to provide orthodontic services from 1st April 2019.

The service specification for the new contracts will follow the national Orthodontic Commissioning Guidance. This was published in September 2015, following a period of engagement with a variety of stakeholders including the profession (British Dental Association and British Orthodontic Society) as well as patient representation.

 NHS England will be managing the procurement on a regional basis across the South of England incorporating the NHS England South West, Wessex, South Central and South East local offices to ensure consistency across the region. The NHS has worked with colleagues in the NHS England central team as well as those from other regions to develop the service specification so that this is consistent across the country.

 Although the procurement will be managed on a regional basis, contracts will be split into geographical lots so that potential providers can submit tenders to provide services in the areas they are interested in. The proposed lots have been informed by local health needs assessments. This will ensure greater equality of services across the region but may mean some changes to local services. Please see details of the proposed lots attached. (See the document below).

NHS England has recently held a series of market briefing events across the South region so that potential providers could find out more about the proposed contracts and the procurement process. You can view a copy of the slides from these events on the NHS England website.

 We are keen to get your feedback which will be used to help inform the procurement alongside information from patients. If you have any feedback please can you send this to dental.tvat@nhs.net by 20th December 2017.