Dental contractors

Fraud relating to inappropriate claiming or dispensing at the dental practice relating to services delivered as defined by the contractual agreements, or private work carried out and its impact on the NHS.

Approximately £2.887 billion was allocated to Dental Service contracts in 2019-20, provided by 8,880 dental contracts and a reported 24,684 dentists.

As identified in the loss measurement exercise carried out by NHSCFA in 2017-18, individual loss rates are estimated and calculated per dental treatment band.


from an approximate expenditure of £2.88 billion

From this, the total amount of lost Units of Dental Activity (UDAs) can be calculated, and cross-referenced with contracted UDAs to obtain a vulnerability rate of 2.4%. Using the relevant datasets, total vulnerability in the area can then be calculated.

Financial fraud vulnerability: £61.3 million.

UDAs are performed through-out the financial year but the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on delivery due to the closure of dental practices from 25th March 2020 until 8th June 2020 when only urgent treatment was provided, this could explain the decrease in the fraud vulnerability rate compared to 2018-19.

Information reports received for dental contractors

Change in the number of fraud referrals (allegations) received in relation to dental contractors from 2016-17 to 2019-20.


increase in referrals for this theme compared to last year

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
96 96 93 97