A recent report commissioned by the University of Plymouth for its social, cultural and economic impact, highlights that NHS dental treatment delivered by the University’s Peninsula Dental School is valued at £773,000, with quality of life gains to vulnerable people estimated at up to £9.4 million.

The published report includes a case study about the pioneering and ‘radically new and community-based approach to the clinical training of its [University of Plymouth] dentistry students’. Students are taught in PDSEs four Dental Education Facilities in Devonport, Derriford, Exeter and Truro.

Robert Witton, Director of Social Engagement and Community-based Dentistry at Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise CIC said:

“This report underlines the importance of PDSE to Plymouth and the wider region. It provides a vital service to many patients that might otherwise find it difficult to find an NHS dentist.

However, PDSE’s impact extends much beyond providing only dental treatment, and our outreach projects are making a measurable difference to the quality of life of many disadvantaged people in our local communities. This social responsibility sits at the heart of us as an organisation.”

The assessment, completed by Viewforth Consulting for University of Plymouth, evaluates both the direct economic impact of the expenditure of the University and its students, as well as the broader economic, social and cultural value generated by the institution’s activities.

The full assessment can be read here.