Monday, 20 August 2018

Empowering Women in Dentistry Interview: Working with the Homeless

This weekend I did some fabulous filming with Marukh Khwaja, founder of Empowering Women in Dentistry..

Me and my fabulous nurse Abdul on our mobile dental unit

What is Empowering Women in Dentistry?

Dr Khwaja is a general dentist working as an associate in London/Kent; but she was spurred to start this group to showcase women and empower women as a result of lack of female representation at leading dental courses. 

Through her website and social media, she is interviewing and learning from some fantastic women, not only in dentistry but in healthcare and business. 

In her words:

'I founded this passion project after feeling frustrated at the lack of female role models and connection amongst women in dentistry. I felt a sense of injustice by the inequalities present currently at conferences. All the course I had attended bar one, had been led by men and dominated heavily by the opposite sex despite a massive number of rising female graduates. The momentum for me felt like it was with women. But women are not being represented in the way I want them to be. So I felt it was time I founded Empowering Women in Dentistry.
I am keen to change the makeup of dentistry and challenge inequalities. I also aim to discuss mental health and well being amongst women. Holistic living and self care are topics that still need much more exposure. I hope that with actively challenging inequalities and having difficult conversations, there will be change.'

So far, Dr Khwaja has arranged social events as well as talks from some fabulous speakers. 

To find out more check out her Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube Channels. 

What do I talk about?

The first of a few interviews has been posted on the EWD YouTube Channel... my favourite topic Homeless Dentistry.

If you follow me on social media, you may have an idea about my Homeless Dentistry work, but in this interview I open up to how I got involved, what I enjoy about it as well as how general dentists can also get involved!

Check it out below...

Have you worked with homeless people in dentistry? What challenges did you encounter? Let me know in the comments below. 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Dental Associate Interviews: An Ultimate Preparation Guide. FREE SAMPLE!

Another collaboration... Following my contribution to Foundation to Dental Core Training comes a preparatory guide for dental associate interviews. 

We are proud to introduce a new resource for young dentists wishing to pursue a successful career. This is new book titled 'Dental Associate Interviews: An Ultimate Preparation Guide.' Our team of experienced practice owners and associate dentists have compiled an invaluable resource for young and aspiring dentists.

What can you expect from this resource?

  • Essential CV and Cover Letter advice
  • Fundamental information related to the dental associate position
  • Real associate interview questions and answers
  • Critical factors to assess for in your prospective practice
  • A step-by-step guide on building an outstanding dental portfolio

Includes downloadable:

  • Model CV and dental associate CV template
  • Dental associate cover letter template
  • Personal Development Plan template
  • Dental portfolio template for each and every section of your portfolio
  • Key checklists for CV, Cover letter, PDP and Portfolio creation
Below you can find a free sample of one of the chapters, to download the entire chapter and get notifications when the book is launched sign up HERE.

The fabulous team of all of the contributors. 

Chapter 6: 25 Top Tips for Young Dentists

  1. Become excellent at photography
  2. Gather outstanding testimonials
  3. Display confidence and maturity at all times
  4. Develop enhanced organisational skills
  5. Master time management
  6. Have a 5 year plan
  7. Continue learning and developing
  8. Observe and learn
  9. Join organisations, societies and study clubs
  10. Learn to embrace failure
  11. Become leader and team player
  12. Focus on providing quality
  13. Invest in magnification
  14. Develop outstanding communication skills
  15. Network and build professional relationships
  16. Seek mentorship
  17. Embrace change
  18. Give back
  19. Know your limitations
  20. Enjoy a work-life balance
  21. Build a portfolio
  22. Develop a unique selling point
  23. Keep up your record-keeping skills
  24. Get published
  25. Be attentive with patients

What tips would you give to young dentists? Let me know in the comments below. 

Monday, 6 August 2018

Response to recent Guardian Article claiming Homeless people cause NHS missed targets.

This blog post is a response from a coalition of dentists, charities and homeless organisations..

Free dental screening I have provided at a homeless hostel in East London

In a recent article published in the Guardian, the head of the British Dental Association referred to people experiencing homelessness as “no hopers” in the context of current dental commissioning. We—a coalition of members of the dental profession, dental charities and homelessness outreach organisations—strongly reject the message that this article is sending to vulnerable individuals and the wider public.
The chaotic and dangerous nature of homelessness can make it difficult for individuals to be at a certain place at a certain time. This is not a failing to be condemned, but a challenge to be met: it is our professional responsibility to make services more easily accessible to the growing number of vulnerable people in our society.
Commissioning models need to be sufficiently flexible to embrace innovative approaches to providing high quality care to those most at need. Good examples include Community Dental Services who provide dental care for homeless people at multiple locations across the country (like the service I run in East London). Based in Plymouth, Peninsula Dental School offers free care at four locations, and supports dental students to provide outreach advice at local homeless shelters. Den-Tech provides same-day denture services for people experiencing homelessness. In Manchester, Revive Dental Care offers drop-in clinics for vulnerable people. Dentaid holds free monthly clinics in Southampton and their ‘mobile dental unit’ visits night shelters and soup kitchens around the country.
In November, these and many others will meet in Birmingham for the ‘Homeless and Inclusion Oral Health’ conference, organised by homeless health charity Pathway. I will be speaking at the conference. The commitment of these groups is beyond doubt, but their tireless efforts should not give space for government to ignore its responsibility to commission or develop adequate healthcare services.
Instead, we should marry lessons learned in these contexts to resources available within the NHS, and push for greater inclusion at all levels: policy, commissioning, education, training, service design, and inter-professional collaboration.
Until then, we will continue to share experience and resources, establish new partnerships, and innovate in delivering services to members of our society whose requirements are not easily met by existing structures. We believe strongly that there is hope.

If you would like to contact us, please send your email to: A full list of signatories can be found at here.

Please leave your messages of support or comments below to show that there IS hope for homeless people in dentistry!

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