Dental Health for Service Families
1. Dentistry in the UK
We receive regular enquiries from Service families living across the UK who are facing difficulties accessing NHS dental services. We continue to gather evidence about the current situation and present this to NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care and the MOD Armed Forces Covenant teams, to help inform future policy decisions and raise awareness of the additional challenges that our Armed Forces families face.
If you find that you are encountering problems gaining access to an NHS dentist, or continuing with a course of treatment, such as orthodontic care, when you are assigned and these problems are directly attributable to you being part of a serving Armed Forces family, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 9265 4374. We are keen to build up a national picture, working in conjunction with the Army and RAF Families Federations, to identify where Service families face problems accessing NHS dental services, and we will continue to present this evidence to the NHS.
2. NHS Orthodontic Transfer Information
Armed Forces entitlement
The Armed Forces Covenant is a “promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly”. Due to the transient nature of their role, the Armed Forces and their families should retain their relative position on any NHS waiting list if moved around the UK due to the Service Personnel being assigned.
The following sections are for use when patients request an orthodontic case transfer either within the UK or from abroad. It is recognised that patients receive the best treatment outcome by completing their treatment under the care of one orthodontist. NHS Orthodontic treatment can take between 18 months to over 2 years. The average length of time of treatment is 21 months.
Orthodontists with existing NHS contracts in England can accept a patient who has moved from another part of the country (or from overseas) who is already waiting for or undergoing NHS orthodontic treatment. Most orthodontists operate two waiting lists; one for assessment and one for treatment. The assessment appointment will determine NHS eligibility e.g. whether a patient can be treated under the NHS and prioritise clinical need.
3. ISODET locations
As there are no Service provisions for dental care by Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC) (Dental) in ISODET locations, personnel are authorised to seek dental treatment from local civilian dental practitioners.