Dental Susnet brings together staff, patients and others from the dental service to share ideas and resources for the transformation to sustainable dental health services. 

Sustainable Dentistry Fellows Appointed!

CSH is delighted to have appointed two fantastic candidates as Sustainable Dentistry Fellows in 2015-16. Dentists Dr Divya Verma and Dr Devika Vadher will take up the roles in September 2015 and will be working one day per week with CSH to encourage sustainable practice among dental teams in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Dental Public Health Fellowships in Sustainable Dentistry - now open to all dental professionals

Following interest from a host of well-qualified candidates, both trainees and non-trainees in dentistry, we have taken the decision to extend the application deadline for the Sustainable Dentistry Fellowships, and open the programme to all dental health professionals.  The new closing date is 12pm on Thursday 11th June. 

Sustainable Procurement

This financial year has resulted in a range of dental services being re-procured across the country but it’s debatable how much the procurement teams understand about sustainable dentistry and developing solutions that are designed for the future.

University of Plymouth doing more than just switching off the lights - See the work they are doing in nursing and dentistry

I was reminded today by a colleague of the "People and Planet" top university score which can be found here.  The press release states that "Over the last 5 years, Plymouth have set the bar as the highest performing UK university for environmental and ethical standards, with a top 10 position since 2007. Plymouth have set policy, implemented strategy and resourced staff and students with a means to grapple with the sustainability issues affecting our communities and the wider world."

What is great about the University of Plymouth though is the work they have done with sustainability in nursing and now in dentistry. For more information about their sustainability work click here or watch this video of students learning.

Welcome to Dental Susnet - Get Sustainable with Us!!

Welcome to Dental Susnet - Thanks for checking in! We believe this is the first sustainability network within dentistry,
certainly in the UK, but we would love to hear from other networks too! This network is for you - to share ideas and to try and find a way for all of us to make the practice of dentistry, whether it be preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry or 
dentistry for people with special needs as sustainable as it can be. I hope to post something sustainability related every few weeks - but hope you will post something too  - this could be anything from an academic paper, a government report or even a list of bullet points of how you are trying to make your practice more sustainable.

Applications open! Dental Public Health Fellowships in Sustainable Dentistry 2015-16

Two new part-time roles in sustainable dentistry are open to core trainees nationally. Fellows will receive educational supervision from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, and will undertake sustainable quality improvement projects in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Closing date: Monday 1st June 2015

Helping people achieve a healthy diet may not only help their oral health....

Delivering better oral health suggests that for all adults and children we should "maintain good dietary practices in line with The Balance of Good Health." This is another example which demonstrates that by practicing evidence based dentistry we may also be able to contribute to global sustainability.A new paper by Joseph Milner demonstrates how dietary change could significantly reduce the Greenhouse gas emissions of the average UK consumer. Joseph's paper shows if the "average UK dietary intake were optimised to comply with the WHO recommendations, he estimates an incidental reduction of 17% in GHG emissions. " 

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What's in a bin: A case study of dental clinical waste composition and potential greenhouse gas emission savings

This study used an audit approach to explore the potential for sustainability in dental practice by measuring the nature and quantity of dental clinical waste, and assessing the feasibility of measuring the financial costs and potential carbon savings in the management of dental clinical waste.

Richardson, J. et al, British Dental Journal
January, 2016

Sustainable dentistry: E-learning module with free CPD

Interested in Sustainable dentistry and how to make your clinical practice more eco and patient friendly as well as make cost savings? "An Introduction to Sustainable Dentistry and Measuring Carbon in Healthcare" is part of a CPD - accredited e-learning module.

March, 2016

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The Impact of Paper Procurement in the NHS.

The NHS has committed to reduce its carbon footprint but, aside from ensuring that legislative targets are reached, the benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions are well documented. Yet the NHS faces increasing financial and service pressures; meaning that ‘green’ working is not always at the forefront of consideration. Many NHS organisations in England procure paper through the NHS Supply Chain Core Stationary list, which only contains paper produced from virgin (non-recycled) sources. As such, out of the 3.6 million reams of paper procured through NHS Supply Chain, only 29,000 were produced from recycled sources.

Naturally Healthy?

On 2nd March CSH and the Ecosystems Knowledge Network delivered a Valuing Nature Programme event to ensure that tools and methods are available to

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