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Special Care Dental Service Survey 

This survey is being carried out by NHS England/NHS Improvement to find out the views of patients, potential patients, parents, carers and advocates on the special care dental services that they commission in the South West of England, which covers:
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
  • Devon
  • Wiltshire
  • Gloucesteshire
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG)
  • Somerset 
Responses will help us in the development of these services in the future. 

We are keen to get as much feedback as we can and would be grateful if you could complete this survey. All responses will be anonymous and any identifiable information will be removed before analysis. 

What are special care dental services?

Special care dentistry is for people who have a condition that means they cannot use a high street dentist.   

Those using the services include:
  • People suffering from anxiety and/or extreme phobia of dental treatment
  • People with learning difficulties and/or autism
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People experiencing dementia
  • Patients who need bariatric equipment
  • People undergoing treatment for cancer
  • Some homeless people
Why are we asking for views?

We know that our special care dental clinics provide an invaluable service to some of our most vulnerable people.  Our ambition is to ensure that the services are as good and as accessible as possible for those who need them.  

We want the views of people who currently use the services, or are eligible to use them, to assist with future service developments.

At the end of this process we will be analysing the feedback, publishing our findings and explaining what is likely to happen next.

Please can you complete this survey by 4 October 2019.