Essex Oral Health Improvement

What do we do?

The award winning Oral Health Improvement team are commissioned by NHS England/Improvement to support any professionals or charities caring for vulnerable adults and all children in the geographical area of Essex (including Southend and Thurrock). We can therefore provide oral health training and advice to these professionals- all free of charge.

Our team will co-ordinate and support a range of evidence-based interventions to reduce oral health inequalities and promote better oral health within a variety of community groups. Oral health is everyone’s responsibility, therefore training is available to health and non-health professionals.

 

What training do we offer?

Our tailored training will help the professional gain knowledge in oral care and enhance confidence and skills when delivering mouth care. This includes information on areas such as brushing, diet, dental visits and key oral health guidelines. Our training packages include:

  • General Oral Health Training
  • Healthy Smiles Training
  • LifeLong Smiles Training
  • Oral Health Champion Training

Essex Clinics - virtual tours

One of the three important steps to good oral health is visiting a dentist.

This can be a daunting experience for someone who has never visited before. To help with this Essex CDS have recorded special 360 videos to show you what their clinics look like.

These videos will help you familiarise yourself with a dental surgery so it wont feel as daunting when you arrive. Each video shows the reception area and surgery.

How to use these videos – take your time looking around at each area. Click on the spots to get some extra information and even some welcomes from our CDS staff!

Don’t worry if you’re not visiting a surgery in Essex, all of our surgeries have the same equipment so although it wont be exactly the same you will be able to recognise lots of things from the videos in your local surgery.

The link to the virtual tour of each clinic in Essex, can be found at the bottom of each clinic page.

Have fun exploring!

Meet the Team

Community Dental Services
Witham Health Centre
4 Maryland Road
Witham
CM8 2UX
Email: claire.hobbs@cds-cic.co.uk

  • BSc Psychology
  • MSc Mental Health Nursing
  • BSc Hons Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)
  • Dementia Friends Training completed via the Alzheimer’s Society Initiative
  • Mental Health First Aider

Community Dental Services
Witham Health Centre
4 Maryland Road
Witham
CM8 2UX
Email: toyah.khan@cds-cic.co.uk

  • BSc Hons Children’s Nursing
  • BSc Hons Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)
  • Dementia Friends Training completed via the Alzheimer’s Society Initiative
  • Registered Dental Nurse
  • NEBDN Oral Health Educator
  • BSL Level 2
  • Dementia Friends Training completed via the Alzheimer’s Society Initiative

 

Community Dental Services
Witham Health Centre
4 Maryland Road
Witham
CM8 2UX

How do we provide training?

  • We can offer our training via a virtual webinar or an online tool kit for professionals to work through in their own time. Both training options are accredited and will take 2 hours. A certificate will be issued on completion which can be used for CPD purposes.
  • We are happy to provide oral health improvement update sessions to ensure professionals are kept up to date with the latest guidance.

Who do we work with?

We regularly work with professionals from nurseries and schools (including SEN schools) providing general oral health training. We can also support settings to achieve our Healthy Smiles Accreditation which can include guidance on setting up our supervised toothbrushing programme.

 

We also work closely with many care homes and can provide training for those working with older people, adults with additional needs and end of life care. We can also offer care settings who have completed our general oral health training the opportunity to work towards our Life Long Smiles Accreditation and can provide further training for anyone wishing to become an Oral Health Champion within their setting.

 

How else can we help?

  • Our team has a wealth of experience and resources which we are happy to share and we can also offer assistance with displays and events.
  • We can provide oral health guidance and input for any relevant health and well-being policies as required.

Please contact us if you would like further information. We will usually respond to requests within 7 working days. Please email us at: ohimp.Essex@cds-cic.nhs.uk

The Healthy Smiles award programme supports services working with young and primary school children to adopt tooth-friendly practices. By implementing the five Healthy Smiles standards, each participating setting helps to;

  • increase the dentist attendance of children in their care
  • promote positive oral health messages to the children, staff and parents
  • reduce the frequency of sugary food and drinks given to the children

Free training is provided by the Oral Health Improvement team to support the staff teams taking part in the award. In some settings the Healthy Smiles + accreditation standards will require supervised tooth brushing or a food audit to be completed.

For queries relating to Health Smiles programme, please contact the team on ohimp.Essex@cds-cic.nhs.uk

“Achieving Optimum Oral Healthcare In Residential Settings.”

CDS has developed an accredited programme called ‘Lifelong Smiles’ (LLS). This is available to care home settings in Essex. By agreeing to participate, the care homes would need to meet a set of standards based on the NICE guidelines for oral health in care homes.

We invite care homes to improve their delivery of oral health care within their facility. This can include; improving the personal dental care a resident receives, an awareness of the different needs and wants for each resident, implementing dietary changes across the homes provision of snacks and drinks and making sure each resident is registered with a local dentist and attends when necessary.

As many employees as possible will receive the training and will be aware of the standards so they understand what is to be achieved. Then two staff members will be in charge of collaborating evidence and initiating any necessary changes. CDS will then follow up after the initial training to discuss care plans, menus and any other issues.

We will support the home to work towards achieving the standards and monitor good practice. Once all evidence is collected and the standards have been met, the homes will then receive their award certificate to be displayed in the home.

Care homes not taking part in the accreditation scheme can also access our free training for staff.

For queries related to LLS please contact, ohimp.Essex@cds-cic.nhs.uk