Senior Special Care Dentist
United Hospitals Bristol Primary Care Dental Service/NHS Foundation Trust
Liz is a Senior Special Care dentist with the United Hospitals Bristol Primary Care Dental Service and is based in Bath, Somerset. Special Care Dentistry is concerned with the provision of oral care and the improvement of oral health of individuals and groups in society who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability or, more often, a combination of a number of these factors. In the course of her work Liz undertakes domiciliary dental care in residential and nursing homes, general dental care in specially equipped surgeries as well as providing dental care under general anaesthetic for those unable to cooperate for care in any other way. After qualifying at University College Hospital, London, Liz spent many years working in Zimbabwe before returning to the UK in 2002 and has a special interest in the equity of and access to care, particularly of the elderly. She is also the Clinical Governance lead for the UHBristol Primary Care Dental Service.
During her time as a NICE Fellow Liz will be acting as an ambassador for NICE at a local and regional level alerting both dentists and dental care professionals to the lesser known aspects of the work of NICE. The new Health and Social Care Bill envisages Local Commissioning Groups as having an important role to play in NHS dentistry in the future and Liz intends to use her Fellowship role to ensure that dentistry, and in particular Special Care dentistry takes its rightful place in the new contract. On a wider level Liz would like to work with the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) to promote NHS Evidence to the profession at large. Finally, as a result of her work abroad, she looks forward to exploring how the work of NICE International could be developed to be of practical dental relevance to those with few resources thus contributing to the development and promotion of high quality, sustainable oral health strategies in low and middle income countries.
This page was last updated: 02 April 2012