'Healthy gums do matter': A case study of clinical leadership within primary dental care

S Saleem, E Hawthorn, R Pealing, M Ashley, C Bridgman, Deborah Moore

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The Health and Social Care Act 2012 heralded wide reaching reforms intended to place clinicians at the heart of the health service. For NHS general dental practice, the conduits for this clinical leadership are the NHS England local professional networks. In Greater Manchester, the local professional network has developed and piloted a clinician led quality improvement project: 'Healthy Gums DO Matter, a Practitioner's Toolkit'. Used as a case study, the project highlighted the following facilitators to clinical leadership in dentistry: supportive environment; mentoring and transformational leadership; alignment of project goals with national policy; funding allowance; cross-boundary collaboration; determination; altruism; and support from wider academic and specialist colleagues. Barriers to clinical leadership identified were: the hierarchical nature of healthcare, territorialism and competing clinical commitments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-9
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2015


  • Dental Care
  • Dentists
  • Gingival Diseases
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • State Medicine
  • United Kingdom
  • Journal Article


Dive into the research topics of ''Healthy gums do matter': A case study of clinical leadership within primary dental care'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this