Date: 31/03/2017 | Healthcare
A ‘fully committed NHS practice’ is defined in the current Statement of Dental Remuneration under the NHS (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 which also addresses whether the practice is a specialised orthodontic practice, another specialised practice or a non-specialised practice.
Specialised Orthodontic Practice
A specialised orthodontic practice will qualify as a ‘fully NHS committed practice’ where each of the following apply:
For all categories of patients, the contractors accept referrals for orthodontic treatment under general dental services;
Payment has been received for an average of at least 500 claims per dentist (full or part-time) for patient management where the patient is being treated by virtue of a referral from another dentist with whom the patient has a continuing care or capitation agreement;
Payment has been received for an average of at least 100 claims per dentist (full or part-time) for fees relating to clinical examination, treatment planning, patient management and advice and reporting of full case assessments; and
There are average gross earnings of £75,000 or above per dentist (full or part-time) in the 12 month period immediately preceding the last day of the quarter for which the allowance is payable.
Other Specialised Practice
In terms of other specialised practices, the criteria is identical to that for Specialised Orthodontic Practices with the exception that point (3) extends to the same work carried out in clinical and extensive clinical examinations, in addition to full case assessments.
Practices of a non-specialised nature are also a ‘fully NHS committed practice’ if such a practice is one where:
Should you wish to discuss any of the above further in relation to your own dental practice, please do not hesitate to contact the Davidson Chalmers Health Team.
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