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£5m Revenue Grant Scheme for dental practices

£5m has been made available to dental practices in Northern Ireland for a Revenue Grant Scheme 2021/22, funded by The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB).

HSCB Revenue Grant Scheme Letter

Each dental practice will receive an individual letter by post, detailing your allocated funding amount together with the application form required.

This RGS funding will be targeted at the Covid response to improve patient safety, practice efficiency, and improve the resilience of practices in order to mitigate against future transmission of aerosol based respiratory diseases, and other infectious diseases.

The HSCB have calculated each practice grant using a capitation formula based on the available funding and the number of GDS registered patients in a practice in January 2022. The BSO have supplied HSCB with registration figures for all NI GDS dental practices.

The funding for this scheme is in addition to the existing GDS budget and must be fully utilised by 31 March 2022.

It is imperative that all the claims for this funding are received by 4 March 2022 – before the end of the financial year.

This is a very tight turnaround; therefore, we recommend that practices follow the scheme application instructions carefully in order to secure their grant allocation. Details can be found in Annex 2 and Annex 3.

For Oral Surgery and Orthodontic practices, which accept patients on a referral-only basis, an equivalent number of patient registrations will be calculated according to the average number of GDS sessions delivered by the practice per week during January 2022.