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Chief Dental Officer Zone & Theatre

ocdo logoThe Chief Dental Officer England, Sara Hurley, and her team will be hosting a series of presentations at the CDO Theatre.

Subject areas featured in the CDO programme include:

  • Workforce – using skill mix in your practice
  • Professional standards – patient safety, lone working guidance, assurance of quality of care, information governance, clinical standards
  • Oral health regulation – Dental Performers List, Performers List Validation by Experience (PLVE), changes to Oversees Registration Exam (ORE)
  • Career pathways – clinical and non-clinical opportunities
  • Oral health inequalities – Core20PLUS5, access to services and caring for patients with high needs
  • Oral health and systemic health – cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer care pathways

Each topic will be split into a series of short talks, panel discussions and presentations from leading subject experts in their field, with time for Q&A. Further opportunities for discussions will be available on the adjoining CDO Zone stand.

11:00 - 12:00
    • CDO Theatre

    CPD Outcomes: A, B, D

    Maximising the use of skill mix within NHS Dentistry, featuring case studies and discussions on how the entire dental team can effectively work together. Exploring how therapists, hygienists, dental nurses and dentists can collaboratively provide care, supporting NHSE guidance on skill mix in general practice. This will be followed by a panel discussion on making the NHS the best place to work.

12:15 - 13:30
    • CDO Theatre

    CPD Outcomes: A, B, C, D

    We will be exploring how dental care professionals can safely and effectively maintain professional standards in clinical practice, through the lens of the CQC, the NHS England Dental Performer List, the Office of the Chief Dental Officer (OCDO), within practice management and via the application of NHS clinical standards and GDPR.

14:00 - 15:00
    • CDO Theatre

    CPD Outcomes: B, C, D

    This session will provide detail and an explanation of the GDC Section 60 changes and the improvements in the registration processes for overseas qualified dentists. It will also explain the various routes and requirements for acceptance onto the NHS England Dental Performers List and highlight new opportunities for dental education and training in developing the future NHS dental workforce.

15:15 - 16:15
    • CDO Theatre

    CPD Outcomes: C, D

    Provide audiences with an overview of career development opportunities in both clinical and non clinical routes within Dentistry. It will cover the career journeys of dentists pursuing policy, academia, as well as those undertaking speciality training following a clinical fellowship role. Furthermore, we will explore career progression opportunities available to general practitioners through the College of General Dentistry.

11:30 - 12:50
    • CDO Theatre

    CPD Outcomes: A, B,C, D

    This session will focus on oral health inequalities - recognising why some people find it difficult to attend a dentist regularly and describing ways to manage high needs patients. It will also outline the potential for integration of oral health into the CORE20Plus5 strategy and what oral health currently means to Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).  

13:40 - 14:45
    • CDO Theatre

    CPD Outcomes: A, B, C, D

    This session will explore the important link between oral health and systemic health and provide details on the innovate methods currently being implemented across England in managing the mouth in tandem with the body. Examples include management of oral health within cardiovascular disease, oncology and diabetes.  

15:00 - 15:50
    • CDO Theatre

    CPD Outcomes: A, B, C

    This open forum will shed the light on current initiatives across England addressing oral health inequalities. A panel comprising;  dental public health consultants, clinical policy leads and local dental network chairs will share their expertise on managing oral health inequalities, the priorities for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and the opportunities for dental care professionals to contribute.


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