Luke Pollard MP met with dentists this week at the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise in Derriford, whom he has nominated for an NHS Parliamentary Award.
The dental school’s Community Clinic for Vulnerable Patients was nominated by Luke as the South West’s entrant for the Health Equalities Award at this year’s NHS Parliamentary Awards. The dental school runs a free clinic for people experiencing homelessness in Plymouth, which has had a transformational effect on patients, and a recent evaluation of the clinic found it was “a highly successful, acceptable and accessible dental care model for people experiencing homelessness that could be implemented in other locations.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“I’m really proud to have nominated the PDSE for this NHS award. We’ve got a dentistry crisis on our hands here in Plymouth, but this brilliant dental school have been working their socks off to improve access to dental care for vulnerable adults across our city.
They’ve continued to expand the number of people they cater for, and they have really gone the extra mile in looking after all sorts of people with various social vulnerabilities.
It was great to talk to the guys at our dental school in Derriford, and I’m always keen to hear from a wide range of people who are active in this area about what the current state of provision is. We talked about what more can be done to cut waiting lists, and what more I can do to help us make our case as a city to Ministers.”
The NHS Parliamentary Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 7th July – follow Luke on social media below for updates.