CDO on cash benefits of oral health

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Chief Dental Officer Sara Hurley sets out “clear and compelling” economic case for oral health during Expo 2017

Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer for England, has set out the “clear and compelling” economic case for integrated oral health at this year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester.

The flagship annual event in Manchester features a series of speakers and sessions that highlight the challenges and opportunities for dentistry and oral health over the coming year. Sessions led by the Chief Dental Officer set out the economic and fiscal case for oral health including: ‘Dollars Diabetes and Dental Disease’, which demonstrates how patients can improve their glycaemic control and reduce their glycaemic index while reducing pharmaceutical bills. ‘Putting your money where your mouth is’ details evidence from the introduction of Mouth Care Matters across 13 trusts including healthcare system savings and social benefits.

The Chief Dental Officer also launched a major new initiative to survey the dental profession – frontline staff and providers – on record card keeping. Carried out in collaboration with the General Dental Council and NHS Business Services Authority, the findings will inform the development of new performance and quality standards.

Sara Hurley said: “There is clear and compelling evidence regarding not only the health benefits, but fiscal dividends to investing in oral health. At a time of significant change across health and social care settings, in Manchester this year I will be making the case for why high quality oral and mouth care must remain a top priority for commissioners and managers by detailing how NHS England can help them to ‘design-in’ evidence-based best practice to their patient services.”

Amongst a host of leading speakers during this year’s Expo, which runs from the 11th to 12th September, delegates will hear from NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens; Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt; the Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings; and NHS England’s National Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.

The overarching theme for the event is ‘Collaboration to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View across health and social care’. As well as the two main ‘Future NHS’ and ‘Innovate’ stages, and four smaller theatre stages, there will also be four feature zones focussing on the key areas of Transformation of Care, Urgent and Emergency Care, Primary Care and Digital Health.