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Advancing dental care review

Health Education England established the Advancing Dental Care (ADC) review in 2017, with the aim of developing an education and training infrastructure that can respond to the changing needs of patients and services. The ADC Review has consisted of three phases.

Phase I identified new options and models for training, and further information can be found on the Phase I page.

Phase II (a) produced a robust evidence base for the population’s current and future oral health needs and Phase II (b) has modelled flexible education and training programmes for the dental workforce.  Further information about Phase II can be found on the Phase II page

HEE’s Advancing Dental Care Review team have been working collaboratively with system partners to develop and evaluate models and pathways for reforming the education and training infrastructure and will make recommendations to enable effective responses to the changing needs of patients and services.

The ADC final signposting report is the culmination of work from the last four years. The report will summarise our findings and provide conclusions and recommendations on how the education and training infrastructure can supply high-quality dental workforce with the right skills in the right place to deliver timely, prevention-oriented oral healthcare within an integrated National Health Service.  These recommendations should result in a capable and motivated multidisciplinary dental workforce, of a sufficient size, distributed equitably across England to meet population health needs. This report is scheduled for publication in Autumn 2021.

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