ORAL CHAMPION COURSE
Find out what the role of an oral champion entails
SMILING MATTERS 2023 REPORT recommend having an Oral Champion to promote good practice
The Role of an Oral Champion
Oral Care Champions take the lead on oral health within a service. To be successful in their role, Oral Champions should have a basic understanding of oral health knowledge. It's important they understand the impact poor oral health has in exacerbating health conditions, especially in vulnerable adults with chronic illness.
They play a significant role in increasing awareness about the importance of oral health and promoting best practice; ensuring that oral care is carried out. They can be responsible for putting systems and processes into place so that oral health care plans are followed and that residents have access to preventive and treatment services when required.
TRAINING OF AN ORAL CHAMPION
To be successful in their role, Oral Care Champions are advised to have training so they have some basic oral health knowledge. It's important that oral champions understand the impact poor oral health has in exacerbating health conditions, especially in vulnerable adults with chronic illness while positive oral health can improve a condition. Smiling Matters 2023 report
An Oral Champion? Or Becoming one?Register on our Oral Champion Course
"Excellent and informative training delivered in a relaxed and friendly manner. Lots of new information and tips for best practice in oral health care. Teaches new skills and takes away any concerns about delivering oral health care in practice. Would highly recommend!"
Specialist Care Practitioner
"I have recently become an oral health care champion for my care home.I sort of understood my role, but this course put everything in perspective,identified my role and guided me through the knowledge and responsibilities I needed for this position. I would recommend this course for anybody who is interested in exploring this role within their working environment."
West Acre Nursing Home, Winchester
"Extremely useful information, would recommended to attend this. You have opportunity to ask questions / advice which helps."
Deputy Service Manager
Action 4 Care
* It's important to know that while an oral champion should have a basic understanding of what is needed for good oral health, champions are NOT expected to be oral health experts.
THE ROLE OF AN ORAL CHAMPION
•Increase awareness about the importance of mouth care among staff
•Ensure that all residents have oral hygiene tools and products.
•Make sure that oral assessments are carried out for every new resident regardless of how long their stay and incorporated into their care plan.
•To oversee that daily mouth care is carried out. Document tooth brushing activity
•To ensure that mouth care policy and plans are in place
• Appropriately refer residents to the dental team and communicate with other health and social care professionals when required.
•Responsible for ensuring that staff have been trained, particularly new staff
BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ORAL CARE CHAMPION
They can be an effective way of introducing and supporting change within oral care policies and practices. They consider how things could be done differently for better oral health of residents.
ALLOCATING THE RIGHT PERSON
It is advisable to allocate a staff member that shows an interest in oral health, Ideally a member of staff that comes forward to voluntarily accept the role as an Oral Champion.
Care managers may decide to train more than one Oral Champion, especially where part-time staff are employed.
The Role of an Oral Champion webinar 40 mins [webinar recording]
What is covered in the webinar:
a basic understanding of the importance of plaque removal
shown examples of oral health that have made headlines and an example of care provider demonstrating their failing in oral healthcare for to your be better equipped in this area
have a better understanding of the role of an oral champion and the Quality Standards .
discuss some best practice advice regarding popular questions asked