Tashfeen Kholasi

@NHS from 20/05/19 to 24/05/19

Twitter handle: @digitaldentis

Patient/Carer or NHS Staff:  NHS Staff

Condition or job title: Clinical Lead for Digital Dentistry

Place of treatment/care or workplace: NHSX / Guys Dental Hospital

I am Clinical Lead for Digital Dentistry the Digital Development Team in NHSX, with the ambition to get dentistry connected to the wider healthcare service. I maintain clinical practice, in particular Special Care & Sedation at Guys Dental Hospital, managing patients and teaching students at Kings College Dental School, as well as providing urgent and emergency dental care.

I was a Health Education England Leadership fellow (2016-18) which provided the opportunity to get involved in digital initiatives to get dentistry digitally connected and use digital tools to promote good oral health. Dentistry is an amazing profession which can transform patients’ lives in an instant and help improve general health and wellbeing. We can use digital to help make that path easier – empowering patients and the profession to receive and provide great care, whether that’s through prevention initiatives for kids or making the process to obtain treatment for anxious and phobic patients much more efficient.

As an emergency dentist, I see a lot of patients in pain, and being able to help them is a really positive aspect of the dental profession. There are lots of great initiatives that can help kids, parents, teachers, health and social care professionals to help prevent oral health conditions, such as decay, gum disease and mouth cancer, but also know what to do when problems occur such as dental trauma. One of my interests is social media, in particular Twitter, where we hope to share and celebrate the good work of dentistry with the public through #Dentistry24 on 24th May. Dentistry has moved leaps and bounds and is all about prevention and good oral health.

Outside of dentistry I am a keen runner and cyclist and volunteer for charities.

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