A Bit About Joss
Jocelyn also known as Joss is a dental hygienist and has been working at Confident Dental and Implant Clinic, Stroud, Gloucestershire since 2007.
She qualified as a dental hygienist whilst serving 9 years with the Royal Navy and has been in the dental profession for over 30 years and still gets a buzz from it!
Her passion for helping the mouths of cancer patients started in 2016 whilst trying to find information to help her patients. She noticed an increase in her patients being diagnosed with cancer and when returning to general practice recalling how sore their mouths were.
So, Joss set about making the information of suggestions to help mouth care more easily accessible.
2018 was a big year for Joss as she won the national award, Dental Hygienist of the Year 2018 and Phillips #shineon competition to San Francisco Dental Conference.
Joss is a Clinical Ambassador for the Mouth Cancer Foundation and Team Member of UKOMIC. and has represented the BSDHT to work with Public Health England working party and help with updating guidelines for Oral Cancer, prevention and early detection.
Her ultimate aim is to have the medical and dental professions working more closely together for the benefit of the patient living with cancer.
Joss organises charity fundraising conference -"Talking Mouths-Talking Cancer Care" and so far has raised £7000.
Joss has recently written a book "Care of Head and Neck Cancer Patients for Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists". A book of 49 chapters kindly supported with chapters from colleagues all over the UK and the USA. Care of Head and Neck Cancer Patients for Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists | Wiley
After writing my articles I have kindly been asked to speak to health care professionals to update them on suggestions. This has lead to speaking to different healthcare professional groups, cancer groups and GP surgeries. The feedback has been fabulous and I have always learnt something too!
Articles in Publications
I love to write easy to read pieces for everyone to take a little something away with them to improve the patients and professionals journey. Back ground research takes time but is very much worth it. I am always learning!
Charity Health Events
I have been invited to several charity events. The aim is to help patients and professionals understand how medications and treatments affect the mouth. The stand is always buzzing with people wanting to know more information and what is available.