Staff and patients are all smiles as the newly refurbished Firth Park Clinic on North Quadrant Road welcomes a brand new community based dental teaching unit.
The recent refurbishment has seen significant investment from NHS Sheffield to various improvement works at the clinic including a new roof and relocation of the main reception area as well as the refurbishment of the ground floor clinic space to provide an improved specialist dentistry surgery and accommodation for a new four surgery dental student teaching unit which NHS Sheffield is providing in partnership with Sheffield University dental school.
This exciting innovative partnership will deliver more community based service and increases NHS dental services in theNorth Sheffield area as well as supporting new ways of delivering dental teaching in a community setting.
Professor Michael A Lennon OBE, Outreach Programme Manager of theUniversity of Sheffield’s School of Clinical Dentistry said: “These surgeries represent a further step in the longstanding collaboration between the Sheffield PrimaryCare Trust’s Dental Service and the University.
“This partnership has been hugely successful in developing dental students and dental therapists to be better prepared for practice. We thank both the staff and the patients for their assistance – we know their support is appreciated by students.”
The refurbishment works were undertaken as part of the LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) investment programme in Sheffield by NHS Sheffield’s LIFT partner, Community 1st Sheffield.
Community 1st Sheffield is working closely with NHS Sheffield to deliver the most significant investment in primary healthcare and community facilities in recent years and support the Trust in delivering more community-based services.
Peter Bateman, Director of Dental Services at NHS Sheffield said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Community first and the university to develop this facility. Along with our existing facility atWheata Placewe are now providing 7 outreach student placements daily.
“They gain a much wider experience of different communities needs in comparison with the dental hospital, as well as the experience of working in an environment more like that they will work in after they qualify.”
As well as these refurbishment works, within the LIFT initiative there are three brand new primary healthcare developments already open in Wincobank, Deepcar and Jordanthorpe. Plans to develop other new primary care schemes around Sheffield are progressing. NHS Sheffield has identified the Bluebell, Foxhill, Parson Cross, Darnall and Norfolk Park localities as areas of priority for review of services and associated improved infrastructure.