North London Partners in health and care

Resuming dental services in north central London


Earlier this month North Central London’s Clinical Advisory Group (CAG) endorsed local plans to allow dental practices to resume routine dental services for residents, based upon national guidance and following discussion at London wide CAG.

The overriding priority is to ensure that dentistry is stood up in a way that delivers a safe working environment for staff as well as ensuring that patient safety is not compromised.

On this basis, CAG endorsed plans for a phased approach to resuming routine dentistry in NCL, whilst ensuring that patients continue to retain access to urgent treatment.

Practices will carry out ongoing monitoring to risk assess staff, patients and care delivery. They will also need to put in place appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), infection prevention and control measures, such as social distancing and separation, to ensure the safety of patients and dental teams. The national guidance sets out that once routine services resume patients should be prioritised for treatment based upon the urgency of their needs, the unmet need of vulnerable groups and making sure there is available capacity and effective use of resources. 

We currently have five urgent dental care hubs in NCL and these will continue to deliver services until there is enough dentistry capacity available from individual practices.

NHS England dental standard operating procedure

NHS England has produced a dental standard operating procedure: Transition to recovery - a phased transition for dental practices towards the resumption of the full range of dental provision.