Quality standard

Quality statements

Quality statements

Statement 1 Local authorities carry out oral health needs assessments to identify groups at high risk of poor oral health as part of joint strategic needs assessments.

Statement 2 Local authorities provide oral health improvement programmes in early years services and schools in areas where children and young people are at high risk of poor oral health.

Statement 3 Health and social care services include oral health in care plans of people who are receiving health or social care support and at high risk of poor oral health.

Statement 4 Dental practices providing emergency care to people who do not have a regular dentist give information about the benefits of attending for routine care and how a local dentist can be found.

NICE has developed guidance and a quality standard on patient experience in adult NHS services (see the NICE Pathway on patient experience in adult NHS services), which should be considered alongside these quality statements.

Other quality standards that should be considered when commissioning or providing services that promote oral health in the community include NICE's quality standard on obesity in children and young people: prevention and lifestyle weight management programmes.

A full list of NICE quality standards is available from the quality standards topic library.