The main findings included that most care homes did not have a policy to promote and protect oral health (52%), almost half of care homes were not training staff to support oral health care (47%) and 73% of care plans reviewed only partly covered or did not cover oral health.
The report also found that around two thirds (67%) of the care homes reported that they could always, or nearly always, access National Health Service dental care and 10% reported they had no way of accessing emergency dental treatment for people. Around 34% of homes reported that there was no or limited access to out-of-hours services. Some care home managers stated that they had to call general practitioners, NHS 111, or even take the person requiring emergency care to accident and emergency. The CQC’s report can be viewed at the following link:
We will consider the recommendations of the CQC’s report carefully and support commissioners to take any action necessary to continue to improve the oral health of older people.