Article: Volume 47 Number 7 Page 565 - July/August 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 565-568

COVID-19:  The Tooth About Nightingale: a Reflection on Redeployment to Nightingale Hospital London

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Abstract: During the COVID-19 pandemic, many healthcare professionals were redeployed to an environment outside of their normal day-to-day practice. Being immersed in a different environment from dentistry, in this case the Nightingale Hospital London, allowed us to reflect upon which skills we could bring and take away from an alternative workplace to enhance our profession and patient care.

Clinical relevance: This paper identifies the importance of mental health, clinical governance and teamwork strategies implemented by Nightingale’s leadership team during the COVID-19 pandemic, that can be applied within dentistry to create a positive learning environment.

Author notes: Ellen Louise Johnson, BDS, GDP FY1, Plumstead Dental Surgery, 8−14 Herbert Road, London, SE18 3SH, Joanna Smith, BDS, GDP FY1, NHS Dentist, 355 North End Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1NW, Ceindeg Fflur Arwel, BSc(Hons), BDS(Hons), GDP FY1, Imperial College Dental Surgery, South Kensington, London, SW7 1NA and Ravi Pancholi, BDS, GDP FY1, Bayswater Dental Surgery, 129 Queensway, London, W2 4SJ, UK.

Objective: To identify the importance of mental health, clinical governance and teamwork strategies implemented by Nightingale’s leadership team during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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