Brechin care home receives NHS Tayside oral health award

Oral health award: St Drostan's House staff members are seen picking up the NHS Tayside Oral Health Award.

Oral health award: St Drostan's House staff members are seen picking up the NHS Tayside Oral Health Award.

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A Brechin care home was one of three care homes in Angus who were the first to receive NHS Tayside’s Oral Health Award, which is a new programme aimed at improving the oral health of care home residents.

Angus Council’s St Drostan’s House in Brechin, Windyedge Cottage in Forfar and Balhousie’s Lisden House in Kirriemuir have all been awarded the Oral Health Award which has been developed by the oral health improvement team within NHS Tayside to encourage homes to include new oral health standards as part of the residents’ care plans.

The Award was officially launched in January by former Minister for Public Health Shona Robison.

NHS Tayside’s Community Dental Service has been working in partnership with care homes in Tayside for many years to ensure that their residents receive appropriate daily oral care and dental treatment as required.

Tayside Oral Health Award is a local programme adapted from the national Caring for Smiles resource, launched in June 2010, which sees oral health professionals offer training and support to care home staff throughout Tayside.

The care homes are invited to work towards the Tayside Oral Health Award, which recognises good practice and requires the care homes to achieve 10 criteria, including having daily care plans, appropriate resources, access to a dentist and oral health champions.

The programme has initially been introduced in 30 care homes across Tayside and is supported by The Care Inspectorate and Scottish Care.

Donna Kirk, Principal Coordinator of National Dental Strategies said, “The staff of St Drostan’s House, Windyedge Cottage and Lisden House should be proud of their achievements.

“This is a great accolade and again demonstrates the high standards of care available in care homes.”

Two other Angus Council care centres, Seaston Grove, Arbroath and Camus House, Carnousitie have also undertaken the award. Beech Hill House, Forfar has just begun the Process.