NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) has launched a consultation survey around its long-term plans to commission and improve NHS dental services.

The ICB’s consultation opened last week and runs until February 21.

The organisation is asking stakeholders to provide feedback on the priorities it has identified to be the focus of its commissioning activities over the next two years.

The priorities have been identified following discussions with dental professionals and their representative bodies, from feedback the ICB received from local people, and from local Healthwatch organisations. 

A short survey has been developed to capture views on the priority areas identified by the ICB, which include urgent care, developing capacity in our dental teams, improving access, and promoting good oral health.

Additionally, the ICB is also asking for people’s input on which priorities they want the board to consider as it develops its longer-term plans for dental commissioning.

Sadie Parker, director of Primary Care at NHS Norfolk and Waveney, said: “We have been hearing loud and clear from our residents and communities how concerned you are about the lack of NHS dental services in Norfolk and Waveney.

“We know how challenging the situation is and we are committed to doing all we can to improve patient access to dental services.

“Since we took on commissioning responsibility for dental services last April, we have been working hard to understand the landscape, and to understand where we can make a difference in how we commission NHS services locally so we can begin to make things better.

“It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to happen overnight.

“But we have identified four main priority areas that we can focus on over the next two years as a start, and we are seeking your views to feed into our longer-term commissioning plans for dentistry, too.

“Please do share your views through the survey.

“We want to hear from all our patients, residents, and wider health and care stakeholders what you think about these immediate priorities, and what you’d like us to consider for the longer term so that we can ensure we’re on the right track.”

Feedback can be provided online, by email, or post.

The survey can be completed online at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/dental-priorities-survey. An Easy Read version of the survey is available to download.
To request a paper copy or alternative format of the survey call the ICB on 01603 595857.