Saturday, 22 September 2018

The Chief Dental Officer's Clinical Fellow Scheme with FMLM

At the beginning of September I started my clinical fellowship with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) and the officer of the Chief Dental Officer...but what is it?

What is FMLM?

The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) was established in 2011 by the UK Royal Colleges and Faculties and is an organisation supporting doctors, dentists and pharmacists in developing medical leadership. Their primary objective is to raise the standard of patients care by improving medical leadership.

The organisation runs a one year Clinical Fellowship Programme for all 3 medical professionals; the Chief Dental Officer's scheme was established last year and although we are in the minority in the programme, our numbers have increased from last year and hopefully will continue to! The programme aims to help dentists develop their leadership skills who may not have held senior leaderships roles before and aims to develop skills in leadership, management, strategy, projection management and health policy.

What will the year look like?

Each of the fellows are hosted in organisations such as Bupa, the GDC, NHS Business services, and the aim is that each will collaborate with their organisations in meaningful projects and be fully immersed in their organisation to gain insight into the skills needed outside of clinical work.  

My host will be the commissioning team of NHS England (South). This ties in really nicely with my specialist training, as one of the main projects I will be getting involved with is the re-commissioning of Special Care and Paediatric dental services across the South of England. As well as working in our individual organisations, we will have other events and opportunities throughout the year including visiting other host organisations and learning how to influence change. 

What did I learn from our Induction?

The first two weeks of the job involved an induction alongside all the other clinical fellows and I learnt so much from just networking with others about issues within the fields of medicine and pharmacy. 

We had lots of interesting speakers over the 2 weeks speaking from topic such as influencing and personal branding, to leadership styles and how to NHS structure works (which I will blog about in the future so keep an eye out!). 

Some of my highlights including going to Westminster to pitch health care reform ideas directly to MPs and working with Eden and Partners in a simulated situation where we were put into organisations such as CCGs and Foundation Trusts in order to respond to a poor CQC report at a Health and Scrutiny Committee. 

I am really excited about the year ahead to learn skills outside of clinical work, learn how policy and decisions are made and hopefully, how to influence the system! I will be blogging my experiences throughout the year if anyone is interested in applying for next year's cohort (which will open in January 2019), but in the meantime if you need anymore information, see the webinar below. 

Webinar: Chief Dental Officer's Clinical Fellow Scheme - What's it all about? from FMLM on Vimeo.

Do you think leadership should be taught on dental programmes? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

IADH 2018: Getting Homelessness on the Agenda in Dubai

So last week I got back from presenting in Dubai at the International Association of Disability and Oral Health Congress 2018... What did I learn and what did I talk about?

The Congress

The IADH congress is held every 2 years and this year was in Festival City in Dubai. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my spam of my pre-conference fun in Abu Dhabi and Dubai! In 2020 the congress will be in Mexico (see you there!). 

I had the opportunity to meet and network with Special Care dentists from across the world and there were some really interesting talks during the 3 days. My highlights were learning about the disparity of usage of General Anaesthetic for dentistry across the world - use/need in the UK being 70% compared to 0.5% in Israel and 33% in New Zealand; the use of desensitisation programmes for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the USA and Spain (where one patient had 76 dental-related sessions in total!); and learning about how to set up IV sedation in Malaysia, where there is only one dentist in the entire country providing this modality of treatment!

To learn more about IADH see their website

The Assessment of Oral Health and Impact Profile within the Homeless Population of East London

As many of you may know, I have set up and run a homeless dental service in East London. I presented my preliminary work when assessing the oral health needs of this population which was used to win additional funding from commissioners back in April. 

I was very nervous presenting to this international crowd (especially as I followed one of my mentors who is a fantastic presenter). To summarise my findings from my research:
  • There is significant need for the oral health needs of the homeless population in East London
  • Their oral health negatively impacts their quality of life which can perpetuate their cycle of homelessness
  • There were high levels of disease observed: 66% had visible signs of gum disease, 51% had visible caries with 38% currently experiencing dental pain
Look out for future blog posts describing the homeless dental service and how you can get involved. 

To see my full presentation from the day click here.

I'd love to hear about your experiences of treating homeless people, so please them in the comments!

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