Do you provide dental care or oral health promotion to marginalised groups?

News Published: 
25 September 2018

The Chief Dental Officer for England is asking dental service providers and oral health promotion providers who work with socially excluded populations to let her know about their work.

This could include dental services designed to reach homeless and vulnerably housed populations, sex workers, vulnerable migrants, Gypsy or Roma Travellers, people with substance use disorders and other groups that may be considered marginalised or socially excluded.

The Office of the CDO is working in collaboration with King’s College London to map and find out more about such services with a view to sharing best practice, and is requesting that all those who carry out such work – who may be in Community Dental Services or General Dental Services, in NHS or private practice, or in third sector organisations – complete a survey.

The survey is open until Wednesday 7 November 2018 and can be found at

As well as the Office of the CDO and King’s College London, other contributors to the development of the survey include the BDA England Community Dental Services Committee, the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry, Public Health England London, Groundswell, Queen Mary’s University London and researchers in the field of social exclusion.

Any queries should be emailed to Janine Doughty at