Dr Leela Sanmani
Dr Katy Kerr, Regional Dental Adviser Workforce Transformation and Continuing Registration - Thames Valley and Wessex, Health Education England.
Katy was a Senior Dental Officer with Berkshire Community Dental Service and cared for her mother with Lewy body dementia. She was the project lead for the dementia awareness film, "The Appointment" and produced the supporting resources which have been widely adopted. Katy currently chairs the Dementia Friendly Dentistry Group which started with the intention to collate the dental training resources available across the country. To facilitate this, she recently worked with the Alzheimer's Society to add Dentists to their professional pages on their website. She represents dentistry on the Dementia Workforce Advisory Group, introducing oral health into the refreshed Dementia Core Training Framework for all care workers.
She represents dentistry on the Dementia Workforce Advisory Group and is working to support the development of dementia friendly dental care environments. She is passionate about improving access for people with dementia to visit the dentist, championing change in funding via a national working group on flexible commissioning and one convened to develop a commissioning standard for vulnerable adults. She has recently undertaken a project working with the London Memory Service Network across the 32 London Boroughs in collaboration with NHSE via the LDN, LDC and PHE. To provide a leaflet at the point of diagnosis to encourage people with dementia to visit the dentist, so that they have dental treatment whilst still in the early stages of the disease. She is working to support the establishment of dementia friendly dental care environments and has developed an audit tool to facilitate this.
In her role for HEE, Katy is working to ensure that all members of the team receive training in dementia to develop skills in caring for people with dementia and gain a greater understanding of the impacts of the disease. To enable newly qualified practitioners to gain confidence She has developed training as part of the Dental Foundation curriculum in Thames Valley and Wessex and instigated the community project which involves the Foundation Dentists and Therapists. She has trained extensively about the impact of poor oral health for older people in residential and hospital settings, she was a member of the External Expert Advisory Group for the recent CQC report, Smiling Matters, on oral health in care homes and is an active member of the Hydration Network.