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Br Dent J. 2014 Sep;217(5):E10. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2014.759.

Piloting a local dental network across Hampshire and Isle of Wight Primary Care Trusts.

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Public Health England (Wessex).
NHS England (Wessex), Oakley Road, Southampton, SO16 4GX.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Dental Committee, 24 Veryan, Fareham, Hants, PO14 1NN.



To pilot a local dental network (LDN) within the Hampshire and Isle of Wight region.


An LDN Coordinating Group was set up, which was chaired by the local consultant in dental public health and included representatives from dental commissioning and performance management teams, dental practice advisory team, finance, Oxford and Wessex Dental Deanery and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Dental Committee. The LDN successfully led the organisation of a leadership training course for local dentists, and produced recommendations for local oral surgery and orthodontics care pathways. Key to the success was the collaboration achieved between the commissioners, local postgraduate dental deanery and local dental committee.


There were challenges associated with involving non-salaried dental practitioners without a source of funding, and with communicating with the wider dental community.


The new Wessex LDN needs to be adequately resourced and integrated into the local commissioning structure, as well as the wider health system, to function effectively. Most importantly, the LDN needs local dental professionals to embrace the opportunities for leadership and use their skills to inform and influence local dental commissioning for the benefit of the local population.

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