New member of the Exec Committee

We welcome Heather Pontefract to the BSDH Executive Committee. Heather graduated from Birmingham University in 1992, and has worked in the Armed Forces, and as a Clinical Lecturer and Researcher in Restorative Dentistry both at University of Bristol and at Leeds Dental Institute. In 2009 she moved into SCD where she finally felt that she had found her niche. Heather now works in Bradford as the sole Consultant in SCD, where she provides clinical care for medically compromised patients as part of a team in a multi-chair clinic. Heather also leads on GA and IVS for patients with learning disability, especially when they require complex care pathways. Once a week, she works in a single chair specialty clinic for the learning disability patients, where they can also access podiatry, physiotherapy, phlebotomy, and transitional care.  Heather provides domiciliary visits for our most clinically vulnerable patients and those at end of life.

BSDH/RCS (Ed) webinars available to view

This innovative series of webinars, a collaboration between the British Society of Disability and Oral Health and The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, was delivered by key speakers in Special Care Dentistry. The content involved a broad range of expertise across a wide variety of disciplines in health and social care, combining a comprehensive, holistic approach for dental care of people with special care dentistry needs. The first two of the webinars are now available for BSDH members to view on the BSDH website, we will upload the others as soon they are available. Dental Treatment Decision Making for Older Adults Biological Therapies Haem-oncology Risk Assessment in Conscious Sedation https://www.bsdh.org/index.php/scd-webinars      

2020 Prizes Webinar

We are pleased to announce that the webinar videos are now available for our members. Please click here if you are a member to view these. If you are not a member, please click here to find out more about membership.

Updated RCS Guidance for The Oral Management of Oncology Patients

The clinical guidelines by the Royal College of Surgeons for The Oral Management of Oncology Patients Requiring Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and / or Bone Marrow Transplantation was updated in 2018. The 2018 guidelines provide an overview of the current recommendations in relation to dental care for all patients undergoing cancer therapy. The document covers the pathway of care throughout oncology treatment including; Oral Management Overview, Preventative and Clinical Regimen, During Cancer Therapy, and Following Cancer Therapy.  A link to the document can be found here

New Editor for JDOH!

BSDH welcomes Professor Tim Newton as Editor of the Society's journal,  the Journal of Disability and Oral Health. Tim is Professor of Psychology as Applied to Dentistry and Honorary Consultant Health Psychologist at King's College London Dental Institute.

Oral Cancer Toolkit

To coincide with Mouth Cancer Action Month in November, Cancer Research UK have launched an oral cancer toolkit. Supported by the British Dental Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners, this online toolkit aims to support dental health professionals and GPs in detecting oral cancer. The toolkit provides information on possible risk factors for oral cancer, signs and symptoms of oral cancer and how to respond. As well as a detailed image library, a referral guide, case studies, oral examination videos and a CPD quiz. The toolkit has been funded by a Department of Health grant and developed in response to the growing problem that oral cancer presents in the UK * incidence rates have risen by a third in the last decade. * it is one of the few cancers that has a trend of increasing mortality over the past 10 years. With 6 out of 10 oral cancers currently being found at a late stage, there is an urgent need for action to improve awareness and promote earlier diagnosis. Through wide distribution among the GP and dental professions, this toolkit aims to address that need. This resource will be freely accessible to all GPs and dental health professionals. Access the toolkit by following this link

New Guidelines: Standards for Conscious Sedation the Provision of Dental Care

The report of the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee on Sedation in Dentistry was published on the 22nd April 2015. The report defines national standards for the provision of conscious sedation in the delivery of dental care with a strong emphasis on patient safety. The document covers five core areas; Patient care pathways, Clinical sedation techniques, Peri-operative care, Patient information, Education and training. A link to the document can be found here.

Undergraduate curriculum in Special Care Dentistry

The teachers group of BSDH have produced guidance on core content and specified learning outcomes for an undergraduate curriculum in Special Care Dentistry.  The learning outcomes are mapped to  those of the GDC (2012) document ‘Preparing for Practice’ and are based on the international core guidance on undergraduate curricula in Special Care Dentistry produced by iADH.  The specification of learning outcomes is not intended to dictate the level of teaching in Special Care Dentistry but to assist schools in their own curriculum development. The full document can be downloaded here.

Jan Andersson Norinder

It is with sadness that iADH past-president Jan Andersson-Norinder passed away peacefully in his home yesterday. Jan was a great friend and a strong advocate for special care dentistry. His achievements both as iADH president and director of Mun-H Center was remarkable in special care dentistry. Condolences have been sent on behalf of the BSDH membership to his family.

Dental Passport

A Dental Passport has been developed by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Learning Disability Team and the Specialist and Special Care Dental Service. It is based on the original concept of the Hospital Passport. It is a communication tool that can be easily downloaded and used prior to appointment by patients with Learning Disabilities, Acquired Brain Injuries or Dementia. An amalgamation of a medical history, mobility questionnaire and anxiety questionnaire. Ideally completed in the patients home environment, it offers some ownership of the appointment to the patient, facilitates access to the surgery and improves patient experience. It equips the clinician with appropriate information prior to meeting the patient; removing a lot of the guesswork and reducing stress and anxiety for the entire team.  Please click here to download a copy as a word document.

Becoming a Mentor for the Diploma in Special Care Dentistry

A mentoring scheme is available to support candidates undertaking the Diploma in Special Care Dentistry. This scheme has been co-ordinated with help from the Teachers Group of the British Society of Disability and Oral Health. The mentoring arrangement is entirely voluntary, unpaid and should be mutually organised between the learner and mentor. The main method of communication is by email. The key characteristics for becoming a mentor include: An interest in the education and training of special care dentists Currently working in a senior role within special care dentistry A wide range of experience in the field If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact: Dr Kathy Wilson (Chair of DSCD) The Royal College of Surgeons of England 35–43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3PE Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Dental Prescribing App

Dental Prescribing App  SDCEP's 'Dental Prescribing' app brings its popular 'Drug Prescribing For Dentistry' guidance to your iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®. A key new feature is the inclusion of direct links to the BNF website for drug interaction information. Based on the latest version of the BNF and BNFC, the app includes local measures and drug prescriptions for the management of a range of dental conditions for both adults and children. Information on the management of medical emergencies is also provided, including drug administration. The app is organised into the same sections as the printed book and also includes: search function favourites direct links to the BNF SDCEP will review each new edition of the BNF and BNFC and intends to include any necessary changes within 'Drug Prescribing' as a free update for at least two years following release of this app. The link on how to download the app can be found here.

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