Westminster Health Forum

Improving oral health in England: prevention, contract reform and delivery

July 2019

This conference examined key, current and emerging issues for dentistry and oral health in England.

The seminar took place in the context of dental contract reform and the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan and it was an opportunity to discuss next steps for addressing barriers around implementation and progress so far in delivery.

It was timed to bring together key stakeholders and policymakers to assess practical considerations ahead of the roll out of the new NHS general dental services contract from April 2020 - including addressing concerns around capitation, moving forward with the development of care pathways and what reform would mean for practice owners.

Attendees also discussed the impact of the NHS Long Term Plan on oral health - including key issues for tackling oral health inequalities, the role of the dentistry profession in Integrated Care Systems, and the challenges for incentivising prevention-focused oral and dental care. 

The agenda included discussion on workforce, regulation and funding challenges around inter-professional collaboration and for providing joined up oral healthcare across dentistry, local authorities, primary and secondary care, health visiting teams, schools and commissioners.

Sessions also considered the next steps for aligning plans with Health Education England to ensure the workforce is equipped with the right skills and training to deliver patient and prevention focused oral health care.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates