Interviews Available:    Mouth Cancer Foundation Consultant – Elizabeth Laverack

                                    Richard Thompson’s Dental Practice Manager – Emma Baker

To set up an interview and for more information please call Media Ambitions on + 44 (0) 208 940 2222 or email

Today, Richard Thomson’s Dental Practice based in Torquay, Devon is announced as the Mouth Cancer Foundation’s ‘Practice of the Month’ for November. The team has proven they go above and beyond to implement the charity’s Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme* so was chosen from all dental practices across the UK who have signed up to the charity’s award-winning scheme.  By joining the scheme the dental practice is placing the onus on their own team to actively prove they are carrying out a thorough head and neck cancer check at routine appointments.

The scheme is a ‘Two minutes to save a life’ screening protocol, which is a 10-point checklist that every dentist should be able to include in their routine examinations, whether they’re based at an NHS, private or mixed practice.  The charity accredits dental practices that meet the criteria. 

Here Practice Manager, Emma Baker outlines how the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme has inspired her team to raise public awareness of mouth cancer.

Practice Name:            Richard Thompson’s Dental Practice

Practice Address:        15 Parkhill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2AL

Size of Practice:           Team of 5 including 1 dentist, 2 dental nurses, 1 therapist and 1 receptionist

Practice website:         Under construction

Scheme Lead:              Emma Baker

Tell Us about Your Practice

At Richard Thompson’s Dental Practice we thrive on patient care and good advice. We have a small friendly team of very experienced staff members with all having long careers in dentistry, so we all understand the needs of our patients.

We promote excellent preventative care and advertise the fact to our patients that routine examinations and hygiene visits are crucial to help maintain good oral health and reduce the risk of treatment. Our therapist, who is also excellent with nervous patients, is at the practice once a week to carry out regular periodontal treatments and give advice on all aspects of oral hygiene.

What attracted you to the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme?

The Mouth Screening Accreditation Scheme attracted the whole team and we all recognised the benefits of being part of this fantastic screening process. It has given us all confidence to talk openly to our patients and give them the correct advice on mouth cancer and on how regular examinations can help detect any abnormalities in their mouth. Jenny, our Dentist, and Laura, our Therapist, carry out the screening so patients who come to the practice are regularly examined.

How has the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme helped Richard Thompson’s Dental Practice reach best practice standards in the management of mouth cancer in general practice?

We have regular meetings on the management of mouth cancer since joining the scheme and discuss this subject in a much greater detail. We also discuss all referral cases and outcomes. We all feel that this has certainly improved our service to our patients as the screening process is done routinely.

What benefits has Richard Thompson’s Dental Practice seen for the team, patients and wider community since introducing the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme into practice?

When we first introduced the new screening process each patient received an information leaflet regarding what we do, what we are looking for and what we are documenting. We receive excellent feedback from our patients and they are very happy on how thorough our examinations are and feel confident that they are safe under our care.

What the Team thinks about the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme

Patients are pleased we do an oral cancer check; they understand why it’s important to have regular examinations of all oral and external tissues. They leave the practice feeling they have had a thorough examination and are reassured by the screening we do.

Chris Langmead - Dental Nurse

We are experiencing positive feedback from our patients and they feel very well cared for. Our patients feel that we are very informative about the screening procedures and are very satisfied with our level of care we provide.

Abby Hodge - Dental Receptionist

What the Patients Say about Richard Thompson’s Dental Practice

“This practice has a warm and welcoming feel to it and the service is very good.”


“The girls here are lovely and so friendly it’s a pleasure coming here!”


“That’s the most thorough examination I have ever had!”


The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is open to any dental practice whose clinicians are registered with the GDC.  For more information or to join please contact the Mouth Cancer Foundation via or call +44 (0) 1924 950 950 for more information.


For general press enquiries, please contact:

Elizabeth Ayto Laverack or Izabela Nair

Media Ambitions - +44 208 940 2222


The Mouth Cancer Foundation –

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity no. 1109298.

* The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme helps dentists to know what they are looking for and how to check and refer patients.  This will allow head and neck cancers to be caught earlier.  Head and neck cancers are particularly vicious and debilitating when detected late.  Patients who survive are a huge drain on medical resources for the rest of their lives, in terms of post operative and the psychological care required.  With earlier detection, lives are saved and costs on the NHS will reduce dramatically. 

The scheme is a ‘Two minutes to save a life’ screening protocol, which is a 10-point checklist that every dentist should be able to include in their routine examinations. 

Full membership includes access to a dedicated section of the charity website and FREE 1 hour CPD element as well as professional development and training modules suitable for all members of the practice team to ensure regular screening benefits practice patients.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a charity solely dedicated to supporting people affected by head and neck cancer.  Support can play a pivotal role in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients. The Mouth Cancer Foundation’s online and telephone support service has given head and neck cancer patients and families the opportunity to articulate the consequences of their cancer journey and communicate their shared experiences. It is vital that the charity continues to provide free accessible information resources and ensure Mouth Cancer Foundation support is provided to those that need them.   

About Mouth Cancer

  • Around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade.
  • In the UK, over 7,700 people were diagnosed with Mouth Cancer in 2011. 
  • Tobacco use is still considered the main cause of mouth cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, up to half of current smokers will die of a tobacco-related illness – including mouth cancer.
  • Drinking to excess can increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times.  Those who smoke and drink are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.
  • Mouth cancer is twice more common in men than in women, though an increasing number of women are being diagnosed with the disease.
  • Age is another factor, with people over the age of 40 more likely to be diagnosed, though more young people are now being affected than previously.
  • Poor diet is linked to a third of all cancer cases.
  • Experts suggest the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), transmitted through oral sex, could overtake tobacco and alcohol as the main risk factor within the coming decade.
  • Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area.


Symptoms include:

  • An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks.
  • A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks.
  • A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks.
  •   An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause.

More information about Mouth Cancer is available at the Mouth Cancer Foundation web site or by emailing

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