Morning, Thursday, 4th July 2019
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This seminar will discuss key, current and emerging issues for dentistry and oral health in England.
Taking place in the context of dental contract reform and the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, the seminar will be an opportunity to discuss next steps for addressing barriers around implementation and progress so far in delivery.
The agenda in summary
- ‘Integrating Oral Health into Integrated Care Systems: National and Local Approaches’;
- Moving forward with dental contract reform: incentivising prevention-focused care, increasing access and reducing health inequalities;
- Regulating dental services - collaboration, quality and safety;
- Key issues for workforce development and education: standards, training and skills;
- Challenges and opportunities for inter-professional collaboration and providing joined-up oral healthcare; and
- Developing a holistic approach to oral health - next steps for policy.
The seminar will be an opportunity to share best practice and includes case study contributions from:
- Edward Kunonga, Director of Public Health, Middlesbrough Council and Redcar and Cleveland Council on the progress of the Starting Well Programme in his local area and the role of local authorities in improving oral health;
- Simon Sandford, Director, Healthbox CIC who is working on projects within the community, including oral health workshops in primary schools;
- A senior speaker confirmed from West Sussex County Council on the impact of their sugar reduction toolkit as part of the West Sussex Sugar Reduction Programme;
- Mohsan Ahmad, Principal Dentist and Director, Ahmad and Saleem Partners; Chair, GM Local Dental Network and Dental Representative, GM Primary Care Advisory Group who is helping to deliver Greater Manchester’s oral healthcare strategy; and
- Dr Thayalan Kandiah, Clinical Lead for Dental and Maxillofacial and Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust who has set up a care pathway aimed at addressing oral health inequalities, particularly for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and refugee families.
The seminar is timed to bring together key stakeholders and policymakers to assess practical considerations ahead of the roll out of the new NHS general dental services contract from April 2020 - including addressing concerns around capitation, moving forward with the development of care pathways and what reform would mean for practice owners.
Attendees will also discuss the impact of the NHS Long Term Plan on oral health - including key issues for tackling oral health inequalities, the role of the dentistry profession in Integrated Care Systems, and the challenges for incentivising prevention-focused oral and dental care.
They will assess what more might be needed to deliver goals to roll out the Enhanced Health in Care Homes model across the country, such as funding and staffing considerations - and the progress of the continued implementation of the Starting Well Core Initiative in high priority areas.
The agenda includes discussion on workforce, regulation and funding challenges around inter-professional collaboration and for providing joined up oral healthcare across dentistry, local authorities, primary and secondary care, health visiting teams, schools and commissioners.
Sessions also consider the next steps for aligning plans with Health Education England to ensure the workforce is equipped with the right skills and training to deliver patient and prevention focused oral health care.