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Essential training for commissioners of primary care dental services


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Essential training for commissioners of primary care dental services

When working with limited resources, understanding common contracting scenarios before they occur helps commissioners to understand their options, the actions they need to undertake and the potential impact on the wider commissioning cycle.

PCC has five workshops available at three levels to help people new to commissioning dental services and those who would like more experience and to increase their knowledge and skills.

The level one workshop on 23 January in London gives a brief overview of the development of NHS dental services, the current primary care contract and other commissioning arrangements. It focuses on the regulatory and contractual framework, remuneration and management of the current GDS and PDS contract for primary care services. The workshop is completely aligned with NHS England’s policy book for primary dental services.

Level two on 6 March in Leeds and 8 May in London builds on this knowledge and takes delegates through local or common scenarios they are likely to face as commissioners. Delegates are invited to consider contractual actions in light of the regulations, the contract  and the NHS England policy book. They are also asked to consider the impact of contracting decisions on the wider commissioning cycle.

Level three on 19 September in Leeds and 21 November 2019 in London works through two complex and layered scenarios, understanding the contractual issues and the options available. Delegates also have the opportunity to practice formulating contractual notices and potentially difficult conversations.