Introduction: Healthwatch and Local Authority Survey

NHS England Midlands & East (Central Midlands) is reviewing the dental services we have in our area – in particular orthodontics – and would like to hear your views or experiences of these services.

Orthodontic treatment (usually with braces) is the treatment most often used to improve the appearance and alignment of crooked, protruding or crowded teeth, and to correct problems with the bite of the teeth.

We are responsible for planning, buying and monitoring NHS orthodontic services to make sure they meet the needs of local people. As we will shortly be commissioning (buying and managing) new contracts to provide these services we want to involve patients and the public in this process so would like your views on what the services should look like.

If you live If you live in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire or Rutland we would like you to help us to shape future local services by spending five minutes to complete this short survey.

By completing this survey, you are consenting to the information being shared with NHS England Midlands & East (Central Midlands).

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* 1. Have you had orthodontic treatment yourself or do you think you may need treatment in the future, or are you a parent/carer of someone who has had or may need orthodontic treatment? (Tick all that apply)

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* 2. What is the most important thing for you/the person you are representing when choosing an NHS Orthodontist? (Tick all that apply)

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* 3. How far do you travel or would you be willing to travel for your appointments with an orthodontist? (Tick one only)

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* 4. Would you prefer the orthodontic practice to be nearer to your home, school or place of work? (Tick one only)

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* 5. What appointment times do/would you prefer to visit the orthodontist? (Tick all that apply)

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* 6. What would you consider to be an acceptable waiting time for the first appointment with an orthodontist to carry out an assessment to determine if you are eligible for NHS orthodontic treatment? (Tick one only)

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* 7. What would you consider to be an acceptable waiting time for your orthodontic treatment to commence? (Tick one only)

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* 9. Which county do you live in?

For patients (and parents/carers of patients) who have had/or are in treatment.

Please note your responses will not be identifiable to your orthodontist.
We would like to thank you for your time in completing this survey and helping us to make sure any new contract meets patient needs.

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