15 February 2013
A project developed with St Mungo's to improve the oral health of homeless people has won ‘Best Overall Project' at the NHS Team Up awards.
Working with dental students from Bart's & The London, the St Mungo's team promoted better oral health to clients in a series of workshops at hostels across North East London. Clients learnt about the impact of diet and smoking, maintaining oral hygiene and how to access free NHS dental care.
The project was deemed to have had the best outcomes for its target group from the 22 health projects in Team Up, an Olympic-inspired health legacy programme from the NHS London Deanery.
The only dental project, it provided the students with invaluable experience of working with vulnerable clients and a better understanding of the dental public health needs of homeless people.
Alongside the title, the team was awarded £400 additional funding. The St Mungo's staff - Bernadine Flavius (Regional Health Coordinator), Anthony Ball (Complex Needs Coordinator) and Anna Midgely (Senior Project Worker) - were each awarded individual gold medals for their work, presented by Olympians Christine Ohuruogu MBE and Dr Ann Redgrave at a glittering ceremony in Central London.
Bernadine said: "I hope that we can carry on working together, and that the project continues as part of the Olympic legacy to promote health and wellbeing across London. It gave us an excellent opportunity to address the dental needs of our clients and discuss the importance of maintaining good oral health. It also allowed us to engage with local dental students and help them gain a better understanding of the needs of homeless people, an experience which will serve them well in their future careers."
The Team Up programme linked together voluntary teams of medical, dental and public health professionals with community organisations in order to encourage health, fitness and wellbeing for Londoners.
St Mungo's press contact Bobbie Lakhera on 020 8762 5570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org