Introduction of Oral health risk assessment by nursing staff to in-patients

Year established 2018
Sectors NHS
Country United Kingdom

Overall goals

• Improve oral care within an acute setting/ integrate oral care into a holistic patient approach
• Identify dental / oral need
• Reduce hospital acquired pneumonia / antibiotic prescription

Key UK Colleagues and Partners

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

International Partners


Sustainable development goals

  • SDG 3 - Good health and well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities

Funding source

No funding, part of role

Project origin

Spin off from a North Ayrshire pilot around oral care for dependant older people in care homes.

Evidence of need


Project areas

Service improvement

Project activities

Introduction/availability of an oral health risk assessment for all admissions and for all long-stay patients. Increased awareness among some nursing staff around the integration of the mouth into medical care.


• Oral health risk assessment for each admission
• Ongoing oral health assessment for longer –term patients

Next steps

Continue to pursue these aims by widening profile around this tool


Pressures on nursing staff/ limited time

Mitigating challenges


Project gains

  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • awareness
  • resilience

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