Oral Health Care of People with Learning Disabilities Guidelines updated

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Our friends at the Dental Elf have brought these updated guidelines to our attention. This is what they said:

These guidelines were originally a joint
 initiative between the Development Group
 for Community Dental Practice of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the British Society for Disability and Oral Health. The aim of these Guidelines is to improve the oral health of people with learning disabilities by increasing the knowledge and skills of all those involved in the provision of their care.

The guidelines have a wide target audience: Everyone involved in the care of people with learning disabilities – including service users, their parents and families, carers
 and advocates, health and social service commissioners and providers, dental and health professionals, education and training establishments, private and voluntary sector organisations, and planners and politicians.

The authors hope that these guidelines will provide the foundation for local guidelines and protocols for this group of patients.  To this end there are large number of recommendations, the majority of which are based on expert consensus, as high quality evidence is not often available for this widely varied patient group.  In addition to recommendations there is practical advice and information regarding a number of other useful UK resources as well as recommendations for future research.

The full guideline is available to download from the BSDH website

Clinical Guidelines and Integrated Care Pathways for the Oral Health Care of People with Learning Disabilities 2012

British Society for Disability and Oral Health

Faculty of Dental Surgery

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John Northfield

After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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