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How ready are you to meet the new CQC Quality Standard – Oral Care in Care Homes?

On 7th June 2017, NICE Quality Standard 'Oral Care in Care Homes' was published.  It recommends that residents in care homes have their oral health needs assessed on admission and recorded in their personal care plans, and are supported to clean their teeth twice a day and/or their dentures daily.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) expects care managers to take account of the nationally recognised guidance, including CQC Guidance from NICE, in essence, CQC want to see care homes prioritizing oral care.  Also, being able to evidence how you support residents to maintain good oral health will help you to demonstrate that your service is both effective and responsive.

Included in the guide below are the tools to help you make those improvements:

Improving Oral Health for Adults in Care Homes - A Quick Guide for Care Home Managers in association with NICE and SCIE -  which highlights areas for Care Managers to focus on

We know that many of you social care managers and your staff out there know what is expected of you when it comes to supporting your residents with oral care, but due to a lack of available training, fit for purpose oral care product solutions, tools and resources, are unaware of the best practices and how to implement these.

Here at Hcsuk, we really want to help and support you to achieve compliancy, and are therefore really proud and excited to announce that we have teamed up with Jane Peterson, RDH, BSc, Dental and Healthcare Professional and founder of oral health training company Oral Health Matters, to host:

Our First CPD Accredited Seminar

‘How to achieve CQC compliancy in oral care for adults in care homes’

Wednesday 20th September 2017

8.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.


Jury’s Inn, East Midlands Airport

£99 per person

Including refreshments, networking opportunities, car parking and buffet lunch

To book this course now, please go to https://hcsuk-oral-health.eventbrite.co.uk

As well as teaching you best practice in assisting and supporting your residents on oral health matters, these best practices will demonstrate to your stakeholders that you prioritise oral care.

Who should attend this course?

This oral care seminar is designed for all staff who are involved in the personal care of residents, senior care staff including care managers, oral champions, learning and development leads and trainers.

What are the course objectives?

To raise awareness of the importance of daily mouth care for older people in residential care and to provide practical advice on oral care techniques. Carers will be provided with the knowledge and ability to plan and deliver daily mouth care within residential and nursing care homes.  This course combines the practical and theoretical aspects of our basic and advanced level courses to deliver a complete guide to oral care provision for the elderly in care homes.

Which topics does the course cover?

  • The mouth and teeth
  • Oral health and the body
  • Daily oral care
  • Denture care
  • Oral care and dementia
  • For highly dependent and medically compromised residents
  • Oral health assessments
  • Mouth Care Policy in accordance with NICE Guidelines and CQC recommendations

What are the expected learning outcomes for you and your staff?

On successful completion of this course delegates will be able to:

  • Identify basic dental anatomy and recognise abnormalities
  • Carry out mouth care assessments for residents in care homes
  • Create oral care plans for all residents
  • Outline the potential effects of poor oral health on individual's general health and well-being
  • Provide daily mouth care for all residents
  • Use newly learned oral hygiene techniques
  • Deliver denture care
  • Acknowledge coping strategies for residents with challenging behaviour towards mouth care
  • Provide daily mouth care for highly dependent and medically compromised residents including:
    • Dementia
    • Nil by mouth
    • Palliative care

Meet Jane, our trainer for the day





Jane Peterson RDH, BSc

Jane has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Oral Health Promotion, which highlighted to her the need for Oral Health Promotion in Care Homes and enabled Jane to reflect on oral health status and develop preventive strategies for care staff and the elderly in care homes. Jane carries out oral healthcare visits in a number of care homes and because of her experience she understands the challenges some residents pose with daily oral care. Jane currently works in General Practice 1 day a week, the rest of her time is dedicated to teaching and speaking at group meetings and seminars nationally to Dental and Healthcare Professionals.

We have limited spaces available and we are expecting a high level of demand for this event so we recommend that you book your places today to avoid disappointment!

So here’s that link again: https://hcsuk-oral-health.eventbrite.co.uk

We look forward to sharing our knowledge with you on the day.

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