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​Orthodontic contract procurement: briefing events

1 November 2017

NHS England South are currently running a series of evening events for all providers who are interested in delivering NHS orthodontic services across the South of England, to have your say on the proposed changes to procurement processes.

The BDA strongly encourages those who currently deliver NHS orthodontic services, or those are interested in doing so in the future, to attend one of these events, to put your views across:


  • Taunton: 1 November 2017 - 19:00 - 21:00
  • Chippenham: 2 November 2017 - 19:00 - 21:00
  • Gloucestershire: 7 November 2017 - 19:00 - 21:00
  • Dorchester: 8 November 2017 - 19:00 - 21:00
  • Winchester: 9 November 2017 - 19:00 - 21:00
  • Oxford: 15 November 2017 - 19:00 - 21:00

To register for a place, email NHS England South

If you are unable to attend one of the meetings then you can access the data packs here:


Have your say

Please be aware that whilst NHS England has now published the proposed lot, contract sizes and locations, potential providers might still have an opportunity to influence the final decisions on lot, contract sizes and locations, if you feedback any concerns and questions to them.

If you have any questions and concerns then you can use the feedback form provided at the events or you can email NHS England South directly.

Please copy the BDA's advice team into your email, as this will help us to ensure that your voice gets heard.


What is the BDA doing?

We have implemented a legal challenge against NHS England's use of a 'Dynamic Purchasing System' (DPS) in its tendering of £1/2 billion of orthodontic services, initially across the South of England.

The DPS is an electronic-only procurement system, which in theory is meant to simplify commissioning. However, we are deeply concerned that the way the process is being managed puts small providers at a significant disadvantage and has failed to engage clinicians or patients.

As of 3 October 2017, our legal challenge has been suspended whilst NHS England undertakes preparatory work for the procurement of orthodontic services. 

In the interim, NHS England has announced that existing providers, whose orthodontic contracts were due to expire next spring, will have their contracts extended until March 2019.

We know that NHS England plans to use the DPS system in other orthodontic tendering processes, and it is highly likely that it will be rolled out to other dental commissioning in future.