Evidence, Policy and Practice, the realities of COVID-19 and dentistry


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Evidence, Policy and Practice, the realities of COVID-19 and dentistry

en_GB Martin Woodrow, Morag Curnow, Ilona Johnson


WEBINAR SERIES, 2nd – 4th December 2020


The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD) is the UK’s professional association for the science, philosophy and practice of promoting oral health in society.  We work with and support partners to improve population oral health and reduce health inequalities. We believe in health promotion, disease prevention and health protection.

BASCD members skilled in translating evidence into policy and practice have been responding to the coronavirus pandemic from both a generic and dental public health perspective. Working with partners they have been instrumental in the response and adapting to the “new normal”.

This webinar series entitled Evidence, Policy and Practice, the realities of COVID-19 and dentistry reflects on the past year, the barriers and opportunities and how we can use our new learning during such an unusual time to plan for the future. Our goals being to ensure that population oral health is not neglected – not only from a dental treatment perspective but also remembering disease prevention, oral health improvement and of course health protection.

Our eminent speakers have been at the coal face of the rapid appraisal of evidence related to COVID-19, contributing to and implementing national policy responding to the pandemic as well as the realities of dental service delivery.

Each webinar will be one hours duration; following introductions, the speakers will present for 30 minutes, this will give plenty of time for you to ask questions about their experiences and how we face the challenges going forwards.

Title Speaker Date
Policy informed by evidence Martin Woodrow, Chief Executive of the BDA, Twitter: @martinwoodrow69 Wednesday 2nd
December 2020, 6-7pm
Delivering a service guided by evidence and policy Morag Curnow
Clinical Director Public Dental Service, Tayside
Thursday 3rd December 2020, 6-7pm
Rapid Appraisal of the evidence Ilona Johnson
Reader in DPH, Cardiff University
Twitter: @ilona_johnson
Friday 4th December 2020, 6-7pm


Martin Woodrow

Martin Woodrow

Martin in the Chief Executive of the British Dental Association.  He is responsible for overseeing the work of the Association and offices located in the countries of the United Kingdom. The Chief Executive’s Office is responsible for the offices of BDA President and Chairman of the Board (known as the Principal Executive Committee (PEC)).

The Chief Executive and Senior Management Team supports and guide the PEC in developing the strategic direction of the Association, provide operational leadership to the organisation and support our teams in delivering their objectives.

Morag Curnow

Morag is the Clinical Director Public Dental Service, Tayside and the Director of Dentistry for NHS Tayside.  This is a new post: Directors of Dentistry were appointed in all Health Boards in Scotland to provide a single point of contact for the Chief Dental Officer as one of the initial priorities of the Scottish Health Improvement Plan.  This has been acknowledged by CDO as key to the successful organisation and management of dental services throughout the current pandemic.

Morag has experience of independent practice, hospital and public (community) dental services in both Scotland and England.  She is a specialist in paediatric dentistry and retains an honorary lecturer contract with the University of Dundee.  Morag is particularly interested in addressing inequalities through evidence-based interventions with particular emphasis on child welfare.

Ilona Johnson

Ilona, Hon Secretary of BASCD is currently a Reader and Hon. Consultant in Dental Public Health at the School of Dentistry in Cardiff University. She is the lead for student experience and engagement within the School of Dentistry. Her role involves research, teaching and dental public health consultant practice. Ilona’s main research interests involve improving oral health for older adults in hospitals and care settings. She is currently the topic lead for the undergraduate professionalism, law, ethics and communication skills programme in the School of Dentistry. She is particularly interested in the application of evidence-based practice, professionalism, communication skills and quality. Ilona has been developing video-based assessment tools and electronic learning environments for quality assurance and learning.

Maria Morgan

Maria Morgan President of BASCD will be hosting proceedings. She is a senior lecturer in dental public health at Cardiff University’s School of Dentistry and Hon Specialist in Public Health at Public Health Wales. Maria originally trained in nutrition, has worked in dental public health in Wales since 1997, leading the work of the Welsh Oral Health Information Unit based in Cardiff – overseeing the national epidemiology programme, monitoring Designed to Smile and Gwen Am Byth to name a few roles. Maria is the first non-clinical public health specialist to be a president of BASCD; she is registered as a specialist with the UKPHR and a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. During her presidency she hopes that there will be closer collaboration between the three organisations.

UK Public Health Register – https://ukphr.org/

Faculty of Public Health – https://www.fph.org.uk/

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