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The responsibility for commissioning local NHS dental services in England and Wales rests with commissioning authorities (local area teams in England and health boards in Wales. Commissioning authorities hold the budget and have powers to contract for the provision of dental services according to the needs of their local populations. When they wish to commission services, commissioning authorities will advertise an invitation for prospective bidders to express an interest in bidding for the available activity.
The timescales involved often last for many months and the process can be arduous.  Weeks of frantic activity alternate with weeks of waiting to hear the outcome of each stage, and you have no guarantee of success. Generally, you will need to convince the commissioning team that you are capable of delivering value for money, high-quality services from within a business-focused environment.

BDA advice Tendering in England and Wales

​NHS England guidance

Guidance for commissioners


Delivering Better Oral Health: and evidence based toolkit for prevention
Dental Assurance Framework
Guide for the commissioning of oral surgery and oral medicine
Guide for the commissioning of orthodontics
Guide for the commissioning of special care dentistry
Overarching introductory guide to the commissioning of specialist services
Securing Excellence in the Commissioning of Primary Care Dentistry Services

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and NHS Commissioners
Substantive guidance on the Procurement, Patient Choice and Competitive Regulations

BDJ InPractice

Practice set-up in NHS premises – Jun 13
SWOT analysis – Nov 11
Business skills needs – Sep 13
TUPE obligations – Jan 13

Expert Solutions templatesAccess to information held by the practice

Audit - health and safety self-assessment

Audit - healthcare waste

Audit - infection control self-assessment

Audit - oral cancer risk factors

Audit - patient waiting times

Business continuity and disaster recovery policy

Cashflow forecast template

Clinical governance policy

Confidentiality policy

COSHH controls checklist

Decontamination of laboratory items

Environmental policy statement

Health and safety policy

Healthcare waste disposal policy

Infection control (England) - annual statement

Infection control policy - England and Wales

Manual handling assessment

New patient - practice standard and questionnaire

New patient satisfaction questionnaire

Practice information leaflet

Pre-employment checks

Quality assurance policy

Recruitment policy

Risk assessment for dental practice

Safeguarding policy


See Expert Solutions for more template policies and protocols  

BDA Events​​Training essentials courses for the dental team, including:
Achieving high standards in infection control
Business essentials
Employment law – the tricky issues
Leading a dental team
Reception and telephone skills for the whole team
Running a safe and compliant practice
Safeguarding children and adults
The essentials of staff management
iLearn webcasts – a selection of sessions filmed at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition
One-to-one advice​Extra and Expert members have access to unlimited one-to-one advice via phone or email from our experienced dental advisers.
Eamil the advisors or call 0207 535 5864