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Level 3 Award in Oral Health within a Care Setting

Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire showcase here how working with Open College Network West Midlands to develop this new qualification has lead to significant progress in the skills development of the care sector.  Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. The charity provides services and support at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people.

“The dedicated support and flexibility provided by Open College Network West Midlands has enabled the development to be completed and available initially for AGE UK as part of a NHS England funded pilot ‘Oral Health Care Champions’ programme for the Nursing and Care Home Sector.”   Age UK
 

 

Pictured here is Sara Hurley Chief Dental Officer England, Janet Hayes-Hall Dental Advisor NHS England West Midlands and Mike Buckle Commissioner NHS England at Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire 11th August 2016 to present the first Level 3 Oral Health & Hygiene Awards.

 

Historically, oral health has not been given a high priority within a care setting. With modern dentistry and more advanced techniques more people can expect to keep their natural teeth much longer; in addition they are more likely to have experienced complex dentistry requiring regular maintenance.

The qualification was therefore designed with Open College Network West Midlands for staff working in health and social care settings who have responsibility for caring for a client’s oral health care and hygiene. Achieving the qualification enables learners to gain knowledge of the importance of good oral health care and develop practical skills to care for a client’s teeth and gums.

Learners completing the Level 3 Award in Oral Health Care within a Care Setting will become the oral care learning champion with the ability to:
 
  • Promote oral health within their community/health care setting
  • Support and education colleagues to achieve that
  • Assist with the integration of oral health into care plans
There is also an emphasis on the effects of dementia on oral health care.

Following a successful first delivery programme, in August 2016, Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer pictured above presented the very first Accredited ‘Oral Health and Hygiene Practice’ Open College Network West Midlands Awards to the first cohort of learners.

At the event Sara spoke of the need for improvements in oral health care for older people. She said ‘this innovative programme is very much a ‘game changer’ and that she would ‘like to see an oral health care champion in every care and nursing home throughout the country’.

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