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The policy context for skill mix in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Authors
  • Brocklehurst, P1
  • Tickle, M
  • 1 Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, University of Manchester, Coupland 3, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
British dental journal
Publication Date
Sep 23, 2011
Volume
211
Issue
6
Pages
265–269
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2011.765
PMID: 21941321
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

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 upon the productivity of the workforce, yet the use of skill mix in dentistry is an area where the dental profession has lagged behind their medical colleagues. This brief paper explores the policy context for labour substitution, highlighting key barriers to its integration, potential drivers for change and future areas for research.

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