Publications by authors named "Simon Hearnshaw"

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A Local Dental Network Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Innovation Through Collaboration.

Prim Dent J 2021 Mar 11;10(1):33-39. Epub 2020 Dec 11.

Consultant in Dental Public Health, Yorkshire & Humber, Public Health England, United Kingdom.

Structure: We present the principles for selecting and initiating hubs, the integration with secondary care services and the supply of personal protective equipment.

Process: The main elements are communication, the development of referral processes to manage complex cases and data collection.

Outcome: Through work with local dental stakeholders, 23 clusters and 36 hubs were set up covering a large geographical area.The integrated network of hubs and clusters has strengthened collaboration between providers and policy makers. Various leadership approaches facilitated the readiness for the transition to recovery. The new local collaborative structures could be used to support local programmes such as flexible commissioning, peer-led learning and integration with primary care networks.
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March 2021

Water fluoridation: current challenges.

Arch Dis Child 2020 Jul 15. Epub 2020 Jul 15.

Department of Dentistry, Local Dental Network, Hull and East Riding, Leeds, UK.

Dental extraction for caries is the most common reason for children aged 6-10 years to be admitted to hospital. Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) is safe and effective at reducing dental caries. It is most effective where there is more deprivation. However, many deprived areas do not have CWF despite Public Health England recommending it. Those who lobby against fluoridation do so using emotionally charged language and misinformation. We discuss the benefits of fluoridation and the specious arguments used against this important public health measure. The National CWF Network is led by dentists and promotes CWF. COVID-19 has led to the suspension of routine dentistry, renewing the urgency of implementation of CWF. Professional bodies such as the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health are urged to give their support.
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July 2020

Local Dental Networks: Trendy or Transformational?.

Simon Hearnshaw

Community Dent Health 2015 Dec;32(4):194-5

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December 2015