My name's Sarah, and I am the Health Policy Officer at Mencap. I'm currently working on our response to the Inquiry into Dentistry from the Health and Social Care Committee. This is a really good opportunity to get access to oral health care for people with a learning disability on the agenda and I want to make sure that I cover all the issues.
We know that this is an area where things are really patchy - and I've heard examples of services doing this fantastically well, but also getting it very wrong.
This week, I'd like to invite you to share your experiences - both good and bad - from starting/maintaining an oral health care routine, to accessing check ups and getting treatment when needed - and if anyone is experiencing issues right now, with the help of the Helpline, maybe we can try to solve these together. I'm interested in both special care/community dentists, and mainstream services.
If anyone feels more comfortable talking outside of this forum, then I can arrange a call/email conversation, just let me know! Anything shared in the response to the Health and Social Care Committee would be anonymised.
Looking forward to hearing from you.