The policy context for dentistry skill mix in the NHS in the UK
A CfWI report in collaboration with the University of Manchester to provide managers and workforce planners with evidence to inform their choices when addressing workforce challenges.
Workforce planning is essential if the future capacity of a state-funded system and the supply of clinicians is to match the future need for care. Important aspects of this process are exploring the influences on productivity and the level of service that is necessary for a state-funded system.
Labour substitution has a direct impact on the productivity of the workforce, yet the use of skill mix in dentistry lags behind that of medical colleagues.
This paper explores the policy context for labour substitution, highlighting key barriers to its integration, potential drivers for change and future areas for research.