Root causes: quality and inequality in dental health

The Nuffield Trust, November 2017

This report finds that there is a divide in good dental health between northern and southern England.  While significant improvements have been made in improving people’s dental health over time, this progress risks stalling if appropriate action isn’t taken to tackle persistent inequalities.  As well as there being a regional divide, the report also highlights a consistent gap between the dental health of rich and poor, with deprived groups more likely require hospital treatment and parents of children recieving free school meals finding it harder to access a dentist.

Click here to view the full report.

 

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Best use of unscheduled dental care services

NHS England, November 2015

This Quick Guide is designed to provide practical information for dental providers and commissioners on what they can do to improve dental unscheduled care for patients over the winter period, and beyond. Throughout this document you will find practical tips, case studies and links to useful resources.

Click here to view the guidance.

Secondhand smoke and incidence of dental caries in deciduous teeth among children in Japan: population based retrospective cohort study

BMJ, 21 October 2015

The aim of this study is to question whether maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure of infants to tobacco smoke at age 4 months increase the risk of caries in deciduous teeth.

Among the findings the study concludes that exposure to tobacco smoke at 4 months of age was associated with an approximately twofold increased risk of caries, and the risk of caries was also increased among those exposed to household smoking, by 1.5-fold, whereas the effect of maternal smoking during pregnancy was not statistically significant.

Click here to access the full text paper.

New language ability checks for EU trained healthcare workers

Department of Health, 30 January 2015

The Department of Health have published their response to a consultation on changes to allow professional regulatory bodies to impose language controls on nursing, dental and pharmacy professionals. The vast majority of the 71 responses received support proposals to allow these regulators the power to apply language controls, where appropriate, to healthcare professionals, to ensure they have a sufficient knowledge of the English language to practise safely in the UK.

The amendment Order will be laid in Parliament shortly, which, subject to Parliamentary approval, should be in place by March 2015.

Following another public consultation the regulators will then work to implement these changes through amendments to their rules. The new procedures will come into effect later this year.

Click here to view the consultation response.

 

Securing the Future Workforce: Dental Care Professionals Stocktake

Centre for Workforce Intelligence, October 2014

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) was commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) through the Department of Health (DH) contract to forecast and analyse demand and supply for the dental care professionals (DCP) workforce in England between 2013 and 2025. This project provides HEE, the DH and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) with forecasts on the DCP workforce which can be used to inform policy decisions to secure the DCP workforce of the future.

Click here for further information and to view the report.