The clinical lead for the hospital dentistry workstream was appointed on 18th July 2017 and endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Dental Surgery. Lauren van den Bergh ([email protected]) is the project manager for this workstream. You can read more about the appointment of clinical leads here.
GIRFT, the Consultant Orthodontist Group of the British Orthodontic Society and the Royal College of Surgeons have published a booklet to clarify the guidance on coding for hospital dentistry. The guidance has been developed for clinicians, clinical coders and other health professionals at secondary care trusts and aims to improve the quality of data and reduce unwarranted variation.
Clinical Lead: Elizabeth Jones OBE
Past Dean of Postgraduate Dentistry for London
Liz Jones OBE was appointed as the GIRFT national lead for hospital dentistry in 2017 and since then has visited more than 100 trusts to discuss their data on provision of dental services. She was appointed Dean of Postgraduate Dentistry for London in 2003 to 2016, having worked in various hospitals across the city as a consultant orthodontist. She has been Lead Dean for Orthodontics and for Restorative Dentistry, and led on national recruitment to dental foundation training, which paved the way for other dental specialties to follow. In 2015, Mrs Jones was awarded an OBE for Services to Dental Education.
Mrs Jones said: “Having worked within the NHS all my professional life, it is a real privilege to be part of the GIRFT project, the aim of which is to improve the quality of patient care by ensuring we are doing the right thing, and doing it right.
“Although hospital dentistry represents 10% of the totality of dentistry delivered in England, it is nevertheless vital. We need to ensure that patients requiring complex interdisciplinary treatment can access safe, effective and high quality care, learning from best practice, irrespective of the area of the country in which the patient lives.
“The initiative relies on clinicians talking to one another about how they can improve the service they provide, and I am excited about the opportunity to help improve quality and standards in hospital dentistry.”
Project Manager: Lauren van den Bergh