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Macmillan Conference 2016
2nd November 2016

The RIS team were asked to attend this event and facilitate two workshops around oral care for end of life patients. The event was very well attended, with over 40 delegates attending the workshops highlighting the problems encountered with oral care for patients who are end of life. The team were able to present case studies and give evidence based advice and tips on how to make the mouth comfortable for this group of patients and also empower the relatives to feel confident in providing oral care for their loved one.

Aviva Stadium, Dublin
17-18th October 2016

The RIS team recently exhibited at the EONS ( European Oncology Nursing Society) in the fantastic city of Dublin. EONS brings together Cancer Nurses, Advanced Nurse Specialists, Researchers, Psychologists and other members of the Multi Professional team. EONS is committed to helping nurses across Europe developing their skills, network and raise the profile of Cancer Nursing.

The theme of the meeting was balancing the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient and family members. Over 400 delegates attended the congress and the RIS team were on hand to offer advice on oral care for any patients suffering or recovering from Cancer.

The RIS Team really enjoyed their time in Dublin and found the EONS meeting of great benefit and hopefully the delegates that came to the stand found the tips and advice on oral care interesting and will hopefully improve oral care for their patients.

Northern Head and Neck Cancer Fund
Head and Neck Cancer Patient Survivorship Event.
20th September 2016

On 20th September 2016 we exhibited at Gateshead International Stadium to support the Head and Neck Cancer Patient Survivorship Group.

This event is held yearly to provide resources, information and a place where people can share their experiences post treatment, and presentations on a variety of subjects are given by both clinical staff and patients.

It was a pleasure to be able to meet all these lovely people and provide them with advice on oral care and the correct techniques in product use and application which will hopefully benefit them in the future.

We will look forward to attending and supporting this event next year.

RIS Healthcare's First Group of Oral Care Champions Meet
23rd June 2016

First Bury Oral care Group Forum
Today we attended the above forum group to ascertain how our oral care champions had been getting on and how or if they had managed to implement any new oral care procedures into their workplaces.

It was wonderful to hear from those who attended what great things they had achieved, two homes in particular had implemented the following:

• Mandatory oral care training for all staff member which consists of a presentation and practical mouth care element.
• A demonstration model purchased so staff can practice there brushing techniques.
• New oral care champions had been placed on each individual unit with the homes.
• Daily oral care charts introduced to residents files and these are assessed on a monthly basis.
• Pen torches in use when oral assessments are being done.
• Residents now have access to items to adapt there toothbrushes to improve grip and help maintain independence.
• Planned E-Learning tool to be developed in the future.
• And better links have been formed with dentist and more routine visits are being made.

The above just goes to show that with training, guidance and motivated Care and nursing home staff that change to oral care standards within these settings can be achieved. Education and motivation is the key to this.

British Dental Association Honours and Awards
9th May 2015
Midland Hotel, Manchester

The British Dental Association Honours and Awards Gala Dinner took place on Saturday 9 May 2015 at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.

The evening is a celebration of the whole dental team and an opportunity to say thank you to all that work in dentistry.

Many awards were handed out during the evening for the entire dental team including The Outstanding Contribution to the Dental Nursing Profession being handed over to Emma Riley from RIS Healthcare. The award was presented to Emma by Fiona Ellwood President of the British Association of Dental Nursing who praised Emma’s worked on promoting oral health by her talks and in her past role as The Macmillan Oral Health Educator for the UK.

Well done Emma From all at RIS Healthcare

The Dentistry Show
18th April 2015
NEC, Birmingham

Emma and Amanda were invited to present at The Dentistry Show on the important topic of “Quality of Life of Oral Cancer patients post Head and Neck cancer Surgery and Treatment” The presentation was around 60 mins and highlighted the difficulties that these patients face from issues such as a dry mouth, dental decay and living day to day with a mouth that has ultimately changed. Emma and Amanda used their experience over 20 years to convey to the audience of dental professionals what an impact this has not only just on the patient but also their relatives and loved ones.

Mouth Cancer awareness Launch
28th October 2014
The House of Commons, London

Mouth Cancer awareness was launched on the 28 Oct 2014 at The Houses of Commons by The British Dental Health Foundation.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation Dr Nigel Carter OBE called for the campaign messages to reach the wider public in the hope of reducing mouth cancer rates.

The launch featured speeches from Kack Merrison a mouth cancer sufferer and survivor on what life is like living with mouth cancer. The key note speaker was our very own Emma Riley who gave a passionate talk on the quality of life this group of patients and the impact the surgery and treatment can have on day to day life.
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