Healthwatch and West Yorkshire ICB have been working together to support involvement of people and communities with lived experience in this programme of work. Following the transfer of commissioning from NHS England to the ICB in April, and Board engagement session in May.


The first meeting of the Dental Involvement Group met on Tuesday 3rd October, and was attended by people with lived experience including those with mental health needs, voluntary organisations, and dental practices. During the session participants had an update on the programme so far; and a lively discussion about experiences, frustrations and possible solutions.


To support flexible commissioning, the ICB will be trialling a Citizen Jury model of co-production; to look at the difficult problem of oral health and dental services in new ways generating new ideas and different ways to overcome barriers to better oral health.


For more information about the ICB dental involvement please contact Colin Hurst, ICB Engagement Manager