About the Oral Health Strategy
The Oral Health Strategy is a review into how dental services are provided in Jersey. All areas of oral care are being considered including:
- primary care dentistry (regular dental care)
- secondary care dentistry (dental care by referral, requiring the support of a specialist)
- orthodontics (braces)
- orthognathics (face and jaw surgery)
- oral cancers care (cancers of the mouth)
- maxillofacial surgery (for conditions affecting the mouth, jaw, face and neck)
- oral health education (adults and children)
This strategy will include recommendations on the approach to improving the Oral Health of Jersey. If the strategy is approved, work can then begin on the delivery of the recommendations.
Aims of the strategy
The strategy aims to:
- reduce the incidence of dental decay and oral cancer
- reduce any inequalities in accessing dental care
- ensure there are clear pathways between primary and secondary care, including commissioning arrangements where required
- improve the experience of children and adults accessing secondary care dental services (including reduction in waiting lists)
- provide supportive care for cancer patients and those requiring oral interventions or surgery
- ensure dental services are high quality and patient centred
Get involved and make a difference
If you have an interest in helping to shape the future of dental care in Jersey and you have ideas on how to help improve the oral health of the island, volunteer to take part in our events and activities.
To get involved
email PALS@health.gov.je or call +44 (0) 1534 443515.
This is not a forum to resolve current issues. If you have a complaint, you will need to follow the
Events and activities
You can join a group of invited individuals (between 12 and 15 people) with similar interests or experience. Focus groups aim to discuss a specific topic and share ideas to help improve the service offered.
A focus group usually takes up to 2 hours. Once the information has been analysed, we may reconvene the group or ask you to answer further questions by phone or email.
Join the steering group which will set the direction and the aims of the Oral Health Strategy. The group's role is to:
- ensure all those sitting outside Health and Community Services have a voice
- Inform and influence change
- evaluate the current situation
- support development
The steering group meets monthly for up to 2 hours. On occasion there may be extra meetings. It is expected that this group will meet until the strategy is completed in March 2022. Places on the steering group are limited. Participants will be selected so that the broadest range of voices are represented.
We may conduct individual interviews to gain insights to form specific aims for the strategy. For example, ways in which the care given to oral cancer patients could be improved.
If you wish to volunteer for any of our activities contact the Patient Advice and Liaison service (PALS):