NHS dental payment reform: equality impact assessment record

The equality impact assessment (EQIA) considers the potential impact of NHS dental payment reform on people with protected characteristics.


1.Oral health improvement plan - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

2. General Dental Practitioners are paid through a blended-payment system, comprising fee-per-item, capitation, allowance and direct reimbursement payments. This overall blended-payment system model has been retained, with payment reform focusing on replacing and modernising the fee-per-item element.

3. Refer to Definitions of Protected Characteristics document for information on the characteristics

4. In respect of this protected characteristic, a body subject to the Public Sector Equality Duty (which includes Scottish Government) only needs to comply with the first need of the duty (to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010) and only in relation to work. This is because the parts of the Act covering services and public functions, premises, education etc. do not apply to that protected characteristic. Equality impact assessment within the Scottish Government does not require assessment against the protected characteristic of Marriage and Civil Partnership unless the policy or practice relates to work, for example HR policies and practices.

5. See EQIA – Setting the Scene for further information on the legislation.


Email: nhsdentistry@gov.scot

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