Place Category: Education & Training
Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise is a community interest company launched in September 2013 – that has combined Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry’s Dental Education Facilities and all its community activity under one umbrella.
The four facilities – two in Plymouth and one each in Exeter and Truro – were created to give dental students experience of treating NHS patients under the supervision of qualified dentists. The focus of Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise is on teaching and training; research; community engagement; workshops; providing dental treatment; education about oral health; and other related activities. The benefits to the wider community are improved oral health and education and a reduction in oral health inequalities. The concept has been so successful that more than 10,000 people in Devon and Cornwall now have access to NHS dental care where they may not have done so before, making a real impact on oral health improvement in the South West.
The Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Dental Community Development Team is instrumental in ensuring that groups in the community who may not have had access to NHS dental care before, receive it.
The team works with a range of organisations, from schools to nursing homes, prisons to rehabilitation units, and groups that represent people with particular medical conditions, arranging visits to the Dental Education Facilities, oral health awareness activities in the field and ensuring that the barriers stopping certain people getting NHS dental care are removed. The team also organises special study units, which see dental students carrying out projects with community groups to mutual benefit – a vital and innovative part of student training.ools of Medicine and Dentistry Dental Community Development Team is instrumental in ensuring that groups in the community who may not have had access to NHS dental care before, receive it.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_PDSE.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Providing clinical services at no cost to the patient
PDSE has treated almost 10,000 patients in the last year, providing first class clinical services at no cost to the patient. Most patients have not had access to a dentist, often as a result of social healthcare inequalities, which PDSE seeks to address.
2) Training next generation of dental care workers
PDSE has provided clinical placements for 267 dental undergraduates in the last year, supporting professional learning with excellent facilities and a dedicated professional team of dental nurses and support staff and highly qualified supervising dentists.
A new Dental School program to train undergraduate Therapy Hygiene students is also now supported by clinical placements in our clinics, promoting teamworking within the dental professions.
PDSE has also started an apprenticeship program for trainee dental nurses, widening access to a professional career and participation in education.
3) Engaging with local communities
The PDSE Community Engagement Team has developed a range of innovative programs designed to promote oral health and oral health education, and also to involve students in community projects.
Some examples are:
- The Dental Ambassadors project which trains adults with physical and learning disabilities to provide peer learning in the setting of their own community group
- The Open Wide and Step Inside animated film which gives simple oral health messages to primary school age children
- Setting up and supporting brushing clubs in local primary schools, providing oral health education and curriculum support in early years education, with additional learning materials developed by the team