Sep 292016

Prison Dentistry:  What Does Good Look Like?

The 2017 NAPDUK Annual Conference is almost here.  The link below will take you to the registration form and programme so you can see what’s going on and reserve your place.   We have a packed and varied programme which has something for everyone.

 Our annual conference will take place at the Hilton Garden Hotel in Luton on Friday, 3 February 2017.  There will be an informal, afternoon programme on Thursday, 2 February 2017, followed by the Association’s Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner.  The Thursday afternoon session has proved particularly popular over the past several years and is a great opportunity to meet up with colleagues and discuss current issues in prison dentistry.

We look forward to seeing you all in Luton!

We would be very grateful if you would complete the registration online by clicking on the button below.  The electronic registration is simple and will speed up the process by sending you an automatic reply confirming your place, a completed conference flyer for your records, and an invoice if you requested one.

Accommodation:  For those wishing to book accommodation at the Hilton Garden Inn North Luton for Thursday, 2 Feb 2017, please use the following link:

Feb 242015

Of all the correspondence received by NAPDUK, the most requested information is about the scope of service that should be provided to our patients. Since 2013, NAPDUK has been working with NHSE to develop a prison dental service specification aimed at improving the oral health of our patients and their long-term outcomes.

At the end of 2014, NHS England published the “Specification Pack – Health Care Services Prison Estate.” This document contains the service specifications for all health care services within prisons which includes the new dental service specification which can be found on pages 78-86. The document has been circulated by NHSE to all commissioners, and we have been given permission to make the dental specification section available to our members on our website.  To download, click on the link below.

Jul 102014

A Survey of Dental Services in Adult Prisons in England and Wales has been published on the website and is now available for download.  This work is the result of the online survey conducted in October 2013 and is the most comprehensive survey of prison dental services carried out to date across England and Wales.   The work has been a joint collaboration with Public Health England, NAPDUK, NHS England, National Offender Management Service (NOMS), and NHS Wales.  Now that the document is published, the focus of the working group will shift to the recommendations within the report to develop an action plan.   We will keep NAPDUK members up to date on progress via the website and the networking meetings.  A copy of the report is being sent to all NAPDUK members, and copies of the report are being circulated to other stakeholders via the various organisations involved in this work.

The Status of Prison Dentistry in England and Wales, which was prepared by NAPDUK in March 2013, acted as the driver for these projects and can now be downloaded here.


In order to assess the oral health of people in prison in Scotland, the Dental Health Services Research Unit (DHSRU) at the University of Dundee carried out an oral health

Prisons and Health

The publication, Prisons and Health, by the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe outlines important suggestions by international experts on how to improve the health of those in prison.

Safer Custody Training

As many of you may know, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) issued an updated instruction on “Safer Custody” which went into effect on 1 April 2012 for England and


NAPDUK  membership gives our members a voice in discussions on the development of prison dentistry.  It allows access to network and study groups where colleagues can meet to discuss topical