The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has identified the oral hygiene of care home residents, both older people and those with a learning disability, to be an issue across the UK and plan to visit 100 homes across the UK early next year.

The issue may be due to a multitude of factors for example training, resident resistance or lack of involvement from the health sector. The CQC has asked all local Healthwatch to feed-in any intelligence they have gathered on the matter in order to build a picture of the prevalence of this issue across different regions.

To assist this piece of work Healthwatch Derbyshire is visiting a number of residential homes across the county to gather feedback from staff and residents.  The findings from this project will be compiled into a report that will then be shared with the CQC.  Healthwatch Derbyshire will also address this at a local level, if issues are identified, to look for solutions to the problem.

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