Sir Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in (a) NPL1, (b) NPL2 and (c) NPL3 categories are waiting for applications to the National Dental Performers List to be processed.
David Mowatt, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care: NHS England holds the contract with Capita for the administration of primary care support services, including the National Performers Lists, which includes the Dental Performers List.
NHS England informs us that it currently does not hold information centrally on the average processing time for applicants to the National Dental Performers' List for NPL1, NPL2 and NPL3 categories. However, there is an expectation that applications should take 12 weeks to process.
According to NHS England there are currently 867 new NPL1 applications to the Dental Performers List from Dental Foundation trainees being processed. They expect these to be completed as a priority. Applications, to change the status of the performer or the area in which they practice which are NPL2 and NPL3 applications, are made regularly. The number of these is not currently available from Capita or held centrally by NHS England.