Special Care Dentistry webinars BSDH/RCS (Ed)

This innovative series of webinars, a collaboration between the British Society of Disability and Oral Health and The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, will be delivered by key speakers in Special Care Dentistry. The content will involve 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. https://www.rcsed.ac.uk/professional-support-development-resources/learning-resources/webinars/special-care-dentistry    

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2020 Webinar Presentations

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.

Prize Winners Spring Conference 2019

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

BSDH Teachers Group Meeting June 2019

Assessment in Teaching and Update on Undergraduate Teaching. Tuesday 25th June 2019 Click here to reserve a space and follow the online payment link. For queries please contact:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 0151 7065234           

BSDH Spring 2019 Conference

This year's spring conference will be held on Thursday 11th & Friday 12th April at the Racecourse in York.     'Pandora's Box (the Prequel): A Normal Day in Special Care Dentistry Presented by the consultants and specialists of the Yorkshire and Humber Training Programme in Special Care Dentistry from its inception in 2010 and also includes the consultants and specialists who have trained within that programme, many of whom now work within Yorkshire and they themselves are now trainers of StRs , DCTs etc. Click here for further details.


The BSDH AGM will take place at 4.30pm, after the Winter Conference on Friday 7th December. To access the AGM documents members should first log on to the site. BSDH AGM 2018

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.

Undergraduate Essay Prize

The submission deadline for the 2020 BSDH undergraduate essay prize is 30th September 2020. The winner will be announced on the BSDH website in November 2020.  There are further details on the webpage BSDH Undergraduate Essay Prize.

Research Prize 2018

Research Prize in Special Care Dentistry Sponsored by the British Society for Disability and Oral Health The British Society for Disability and Oral Health has instituted a small grant research competition worth up to £5,000. The grant may be used to support research within the area of special care dentistry, particularly projects which benefit special care dentistry in community settings.  The prize may NOT be used to fund or part fund an MSc or other post graduate degree. In addition: The grant may be used to support consumable costs of new projects, to include some limited staff costs. The focus of this call is on early career researchers/clinicians. It is possible however for an early career researcher/clinician to make a co-application with an established researcher The grant must be used to support research to benefit special care dentistry, particularly projects based in community settings. The BSDH prizes subcommittee will judge projects. Applicants must be members of BSDH. Click here for further information

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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