All about that paste…
|Kathy (left) alongside her colleague, Dawn, |
at a Mouth Cancer Awareness Event
For the past 25 years Kathy Fox has been ‘All about that paste’, working in the Community Dental team, educating people about good oral health.
“I have worked for LCH 25 years this year. My career began as a dental nurse before I studied post graduate qualifications that led me on to work in oral health, which I have done for the last 15 years.
My role is to lead, deliver and evaluate preventative programmes for children, young people and vulnerable adults at risk of oral health inequalities. I enjoy the variety of work and the people I work with and meet in my role. There is such a rich diversity in the staff and members of the public.
As part of my role, I train a wide variety of services, for example, teachers and Early Start teams; provide expert knowledge and up to date resources about oral health promotion; lead citywide public health campaigns; promote dental registration and attendance at general dental practices. I enjoy the belief I have helped someone and educated them on how to maintain good oral health and access oral health care.
As well as all the role responsibilities things I’ve listed above, I continue to work as a dental nurse at the Out Of Hours service so I see the difficulties patients experience in trying to register and the bad experiences some patients have had.
I get to work on lots of new exciting projects as part of my role. Recently one of these projects was creating ‘All about the paste’, a parody pop video. We came up with the idea of creating the film as a fun way to engage with young people and we think we have achieved that. We’ve had lots of positive feedback – if you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it here.
If anyone is thinking of joining LCH, whether as part of the dental team or another service, go for it. There are lots of new opportunities and challenges to enrich your career here.”