We are pleased to announce that the hard work and initiative shown by the NIMDTA Dental Continuing Education team has been recognised and rewarded in the midst of stiff competition. The Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) in partnership with the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) declared the NIMDTA CE team as winners of this award on 7th November having been successfully shortlisted from many worthwhile initiatives across the health care sector.
The aim of the award was to recognise, reward and promote excellence in the provision of Infection Prevention and Control. It is a multidisciplinary team award, based on managing a process, change or innovation that aims to enhance prevention and control of infection and which is sustainable and/or could be replicated in other settings.
Their efforts reflect NIMDTA mission statement:
“Enhancing patient care through training”
In 2009 the Department of Health introduced standards specifically for application in General Dental Practice, focusing on continual improvement in IPC practice (DOH 2009). Implementation of best practice detailed in this document was expected from all dental practitioners by November 2012.
The identified issue was the need to provide a strategic educational program of training for the dental profession specifically tailored to general dentistry as a support and aid to gaining best practice level. The aim of best practice being a measurable outcome ensuring both patient and staff safety and demonstrating quality safe practice to regulatory bodies such as the RQIA.
This resulted in the provision of an on-going series of team and professional workshops, lectures and practice based events designed to educate, raise awareness and aid compliance with HTM 01-05. The ambition was to grasp the opportunity to use the tool of education to influence practice outcomes in IPC within dentistry with the objective of raising the standard of IPC practice, ultimately influencing patient safety. The standards achieved by Dental practices are currently being assessed by RQIA in recently announced inspections. A marker of the success of our programs to date may be reflected by the numbers of multidisciplinary dental team members attending our education and also the results of the course evaluations which are completed by every delegate.