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Dementia friendly dentistry

Event Type
Event Subject
Development Outcomes (A, C)
Topic Groups (Education & Development, Patient Communications, Consent and Compliance)
Friday 13 March 2020
10:00 - 16:30
British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 8YS, England
Laura Hyland, Kerry Wafer
Booking Fees
  • Dental Care Professional: £120.00
  • Essential Member: £150.00
  • Expert Member: £150.00
  • Extra Member: £150.00
  • Senior member: £150.00
  • Non member: £200.00
  • Student member: £150.00

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Dementia friendly dentistry

Treating patients with dementia competently and confidently.

Friday 13 March 2020  |  London   **CANCELLED**


Should you wish to be kept informed of future dates please email to express your interest


This one-day course will improve your awareness of dementia and your abaility to confidently deliver dementia-friendly dentistry.

Dementia is a growing concern among the UK population, with the number of sufferers forecast to increase to over 1 million by 2025*. Dementia had a wide range of implications for dental professionals including: patient identification, competence and referrals, communication, consent and capacity, history taking, treatment planning, care delivery and prescribing.

The programme explores the different types of dementia and considers how the priorities, treatment and practicalities of management change as the condition develops. How the practice environment and interaction with the dental team can help with the fear and anxiety experienced by patients with dementia will also be discussed.

Registration is from 09:30, presentations start at 10:00.

*Alzheimer's Society Dementia UK report published in 2014

Learning objectives

  • Understand dementia and how it affects a persons' behaviour
  • The role of the general dental practitioner in dementia awareness
  • Explore the issues regarding consent and the Mental Capacity Act
  • Understand the importance of collaborative action and oral health risk assessment
  • Planning treatment for the worn dentition



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Laura Hyland,  Senior Dental Officer Special Care Dentistry, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Laura graduated from University of Sheffield in 2011. After finishing vocational training she completed her MFDS qualification, worked as a Maxillofacial Senior House Officer in Aintree hospital and then went onto a post as a Special care DCT in Liverpool Dental Hospital- working in the salaried and hospital service. 

In March 2014 Laura took up the post of Academic Clinical Fellow in Special Care Dentistry in Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust, and after completing the diploma and membership in Special Care Dentistry, was added to the specialist list in 2017.

Through her academic post Laura developed an interest in research with medically compromised patients and has worked in multidisciplinary teams on projects involving patients with angina and vasculitis. She is currently working as a Senior Dental Officer in Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust treating adults with severe learning disabilities, medically compromised patients and those with mental health issues. She also lectures for BDS students, CDS and general practice dental teams and runs the West Midlands Special Care Dentistry Interest Group.

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Stacey Parker, Associate Training, Alzheimer's Society

Stacey Parker has worked as a clinical psychologist in learning disability and autism services for over three decades, supporting vulnerable people across all age groups in NHS, social care and third sector settings. This includes children and young people's services, adult forensic community based services, community learning disability teams and services for adults with complex behaviour. In recent years she has also worked with adults with dementia.

Stacey joined the Alzheimer's Society in August 2017, bringing enthusiasm and commitment to delivering high quality person centred and values based training. She has developed bespoke training combining learning disabilities and understanding dementia.She is passionate about raising awareness, increasing knowledge and understanding, offering practical solutions to everyday challenges to genuinely making a difference.

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Kerry Wafer, Specialist Dental Nurse in Special Care Dentistry, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Kerry qualified in 1998 and moved into community services for Staffordshire in 2000 where she treated a mix of paediatric and special care patients. From 2006-2014 she was dental nurse tutor at Stafford College and became dental nurse examiner for the NEBDN (National Examing Board for Dental Nurses) in 2012. Stacey moved to Birmingham Community Services in 2013 where she became a specialist nurse in special care dentistry.

Kerry has a keen interest in anxiety management, mental health autism and training.


​BDA Member: ​£150
​Non member ​£200
​DCP ​£120


The fee includes refreshments, lunch and all course documentation.

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 hours CPD

The training course meets the educational criteria set by the GDC for Verifiable CPD and is certified by the British Dental Association.


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