The Dental CAG provides care for more than 300,000 patients each year at more than 30 sites across London.
The CAG educates the breadth of oral health care professionals in the UK, and delivers research that changes clinical practice, informs policy, and creates new products to improve oral health.
As an integral part the provision of total care for patients, we are the major provider of specialist oral and dental services to an extremely large and diverse population in the south east of England. Through our joint multidisciplinary clinics with medical specialties, our CAG provides services for people with complex and rare conditions. The services we provide in partnership with other disciplines include: oncology with head and neck cancer; Behcet’s syndrome with ophthalmology: Sjogren’s syndrome with rheumatology; orofacial granulomatosis with gastroenterology/renal; cognitive behavioural therapy with psychiatry; and dental treatment for people with rare and debilitating dermatalogical disorders such as epidermolysis bullosa.
We educate the entire dental and oral healthcare team, from dental nurses through to highly trained dental specialists. We currently educate 20% of the dentists in England and we are home to the largest dental school in Europe. Our National Student Survey scores have exceeded 90% for each of the last three years.
We are the only centre in the UK to provide training in all specialist areas for theoral and dental workforce of the future.
Key education achievements include:
- Successful visitation of Orthodontic Auxiliary programme, as part of accreditation process, by General Dental Council (GDC)
- New e-learning course on ‘managing dental fear’ launched
- New CPD courses for staff held at lunchtimes have received excellent feedback and helped staff acquire CPD credits without the need for multiple days away from the workplace
As well as the world leading King’s College London Dental Institute, we provide a nationally recognised dental nurse training programme at King’s College Hospital.
Our research is internationally recognised for its excellence. Our publications are highly cited and textbooks written by our staff are used throughout the world.
The breadth of our research is extensive, including understanding how structures of the head and neck develop, and what causes both natural development and deformities; understanding how saliva and the production of saliva influences oral disease and taste, creating products to minimise the effects of low saliva production; developing new materials; and a host of techniques to improve health, minimise the negative aspects of surgical treatments and restore function and aesthetics.