Professor Liz Kay has been appointed as a specialist committee member on the oral health promotion in care homes and hospitals Quality Standards Advisory Committee at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
The foundation dean of the Peninsula Dental School, will apply her professional knowledge to NICE debates on oral health promotion in care homes and hospitals.
‘This is a huge honour and a great opportunity to help form improvements to oral health promotion in health care environments where there is need.’ Liz said.
The appointment comes after Liz was a member of the guideline development group, which created a new NICE guideline for improved oral health in care homes.
The guideline – ‘Oral health for adults in care homes‘ – includes recommendations for those who have responsibility for the health of care home residents.
Following her appointment, Liz will identify key areas for quality improvement; consider the resource and equality impacts of the standard; review feedback from stakeholders following consultation, and; refine draft quality statements.
Liz continued: ‘Those receiving care, either in a hospital or a care home, need to be reassured that their good oral health is foremost in the minds of those delivering their care. I am looking forward to contributing to the development of a NICE standard which will achieve this.’