Title of Project: Dental preparation of children and young people with cardiac disease by children’s cardiac nurses in the UK: An online survey

What is the purpose of the research?

This study aims to ascertain the appropriateness and consistency of information provided in relation to preventative dental care for children and young people (CYP) with acquired, inherited or congenital heart disease and their families.

Who can participate?

If you are a nurse working with children and young people with acquired, inherited or congenital heart disease and their families in the UK, we would love you to take part. We are hoping to recruit 50 nurses for this study.

What will happen if I agree to take part?

If you agree to take part, you are asked to complete an online survey via the link here.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The questions aim to:

  • Ascertain your role within the network and your grade band
  • Ascertain what educational preparation you have received about dental care
  • Ascertain whether preventative dental advice, dental techniques and risks are discussed with CYP and their families and how confident nurses feel giving this advice
  • Ascertain levels of awareness of the National Dental Standards
  • Ascertain what sources of dental information are provided to CYP and their families
  • Ascertain how referrals are made to dental services
  • Ascertain how well the CHD service specifications (NHSE 2016) are being implemented across England.

Do I have to take part?

No. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part in this study. Deciding to take part or not will not impact on your clinical role. The survey will be open until 12th December 2021.

What are the benefits for me in taking part?

The general benefits of participating are a contribution to knowledge, better understanding of a dental preparation given to children, young people and their families across the UK. The information gained will be used to improve clinical practice through the development of educational resources and guidelines.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact me

Dr Kerry Gaskin, Head of Department Midwifery and CPD, Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Worcester, Chairperson of the Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association (CCNA)


Dr Mina Vaidyanathan, Consultant in Children’s Dentistry, Chair, Consultants in Paediatric Dentistry Cardiac CEN, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Dr Nabina Bhujel, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

Aylen Ebru Dervish, Dental Therapist in Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Di Robertshaw, Nurse Practice Educator, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust. Membership Secretary/Treasurer of the CCNA