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HEFCE commissioned consultants KPMG to establish costings for the delivery of pre-registration dental hygiene and dental therapy (DHDT) courses, and to analyse what drives costs. This was an extension to the ‘Costing study of pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health profession courses’ published in April 2017, and following the same methodology, using the Transparent Approach to Costing for Teaching approach.

Both costing studies were commissioned to inform future funding for these disciplines as they transfer to the higher education finance system, which came into effect for undergraduate nursing, midwifery and allied health disciplines from 2017-18 and will be taking place for dental hygiene and dental therapy from 2018-19.

All universities which both deliver DHDT courses and also provided data to the nursing, midwifery and allied health costing study provided data for this study. Coverage was achieved of over half of the student population taught by higher education providers for these disciplines.

The study particularly aims to separate teaching costs and placement costs. In dental hygiene and dental therapy, the majority of placement training is delivered by the teaching institution and in the past the commissioner (Health Education England) has not differentiated between teaching and placement in its funding. There was no benchmark price for dental hygiene and dental therapy, and institutions were funded on the basis of local arrangements. 

The study provides more detail on the costing of DHDT courses in the light of these specific factors.

Date: 26 February 2018

Ref: Independent research