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Caring for Smiles to celebrate 10 years in 2020


A 10th anniversary educational event hosted by NES is planned for 30 September 2020 to build on the success of the programme over the last 10 years and to look forward to exciting new developments for the future.

'Caring for Smiles’ (CfS) is the Scotland-wide oral health improvement and support programme, which aims to provide the basic human right of good oral health for dependent older adults, enhancing quality of life through preventing pain and boosting confidence in social settings with friends and family.

The programme is led by the National Older People’s Oral Health Improvement Group (NOPOHIG) and developed through collaboration between NES, NHS Health Scotland, University of Glasgow Dental School, and partners such as the Care Inspectorate (CI) and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). The programme provides training including local Health Board non-accredited training and SCQF accredited foundation and intermediate training provided by Health Boards and awarded through NES. 

Since the programme began (2010), 911 care homes (with at least one member of staff trained) and 50,739 care staff have been trained (both non-accredited and accredited) in the CfS programme. 

To find out more visit the Caring for Smiles web page