PDSE is responsible for running the four Dental Education Facilities (DEF) across the South West, with clinics in Exeter, Truro and Plymouth.

The University of Plymouth’s Peninsula Dental School students provide patient treatments whilst being supported by a team of qualified dentists and a dedicated staff team of dental nurses, hygiene therapists and other support staff.

Both the school and the clinics were established to tackle oral health inequalities in the South West, with a view to training dentists who may stay in the region once qualified, treating patients in the teaching clinics who may not otherwise have access to dental care, and providing and promoting oral health education in the communities served.

PDSE works closely with local communities including schools, care homes and charitable organisations to promote and develop programmes for oral health education.


Our Vision

To provide excellent primary dental care services to our communities, while providing the best clinical placement facilities for dental students of any UK dental school.


Our Mission

Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise is committed to improving oral health in the South West through provision of treatment, education and engagement.

Our Values


Driving business, social and environmental success

Patient Centred Care

Putting patients interests first


Delivering the highest possible standards of quality and care


Driving positive change and supporting knowledge and development through research, creativity and continuous improvement

People Focused

Developing investing in all our staff to support the future of dentistry


Spirited, making positive changes to oral and general health in local communities


Pride, commitment and enjoyment in all that we do