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DDRB 2010-11

The 39th report from the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body was published in February 2010 relating to the 2010/11 pay award. In response to the report the following changes were implemented:

  • 0.9% increase to contract values in England and Wales and to fee scales for Northern Ireland and Scotland
  • 1% increase for salaried primary care dentists
  • 0% for hospital consultants and, 1% for other hospital dentists
Details of the BDA recommendations, the DDRB’s response and the outcomes are given below. The BDA’s submission of evidence, and the DDRB Report are available to download at the bottom of the page.

General Dental Practice

In its evidence to the DDRB this year relating to GDPs, the BDA had asked for an award of 3.8 per cent on contract values, fee scales and other appropriate allowances. This included a retrospective increase for last year’s award which we considered to be based on flawed assumptions. The DDRB did not accept the BDA’s argument that the award should be corrected.

Considering evidence from all parties, the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body recommended an uplift of 1.44% to contract values in England and Wales. This recommendation was designed to create a 0% uplift on dentists’ net earnings after accounting for rises in practice expenses.

This year, the Department of Health in England and the Governments of the devolved nations chose not to adopt the full DDRB recommendations given the current public sector spending constraints. 

In response to the Review Body recommendations, the Government decided to apply a prospective efficiency assumption of 1.0 per cent of contractors’ operational costs. This had the effect of reducing the proposed uplift in the value of contract payments to 0.9 per cent for dental contracts in England. The Governments in Scotland and Wales followed suit with contract values being raised by 0.9 per cent in Wales and the dental fee scale being raised by 0.9 per cent in Scotland. The Government in Northern Ireland has not yet made a decision.

Salaried primary dental care services

The BDA argued for a 3.6 per cent increase in salaried dentists’ pay in line with public sector pay growth in July 2009. The DH and NHS Employers argued that an increase of more than 1.0 per cent was not affordable. The BDA had asked for two extra increments to be added to the top of the Band A pay band and two increments to be taken from the bottom. 

The Review Body did not wish to recommend a change to the pay bands at the present time and awarded an increase of 1.0 per cent across all pay bands.

The Department of Health in England accepted the DDRB recommendations in full as did the other countries. 

Hospital dentists

Evidence regarding hospital dentists is submitted by the British Medical Association who recommended a 2% increase. For hospital dentists, the DDRB made the following recommendations:

  • Foundation House Officers (1 and 2) and their equivalents (house officers and Senior House Officers): 1.5 per cent
  • Registrars and Associate Specialists (SAS) grades: 1.0 per cent
  • Consultants: 0 per cent.

The DDRB also recommended that a banding multiplier be introduced for Foundation House Officer 1 posts that only attract basic pay and that this should be set at 1.05 of basic salary. 

The Department of Health in England did not accept the recommendations in full and decided that all hospital doctors and dentists below Consultant level in England will receive a salary increase of 1 per cent. Consultants will receive 0 per cent. The banding recommendation was accepted.



2010-11 BDA Evidence         (887.69 KB)2010-11 BDA         Supplementary Evidence          (189.81 KB)
DH Evidence 2010-11            (2.38 MB)2010-11 39th DDRB Report         (3.07 MB)