We had Carl Jessop from the Orthodontic Services in Yorkshire and Humber department of the NHS in to speak about potential changes within orthodontic services.
NHS England commission Orthodontic Services. These are services to improve the appearance and alignment of crooked, protruding or overcrowded teeth, and to correct problems with bite. This is usually done with braces. The demographics of population changes and orthodontic services are usually used by people between the ages of 12 and 18. The age range in certain areas change, and they want to move some orthodontic services to where there are more young people.
When changes are made to services, it can be seen negatively. They want to make sure the service meets the patient’s needs and they select the best provider and to do that they need to consult people and understand what they want, which is why they are here with us.
We were asked questions about what is important to you regarding the quality of service and length of appointment sessions. We discussed these issues and worked through the various issues to try to provide the best solution.
We then filled in a quick questionnaire to help them provide the best service possible.
Olivia Macnab, on behalf of York Youth Council