This event considered the inequalities that vulnerable people who are homeless face from many aspects – oral health is very much part of this. How easy do we make it for this vulnerable group to receive oral and dental care? Do we and indeed can we provide the care we need and if not why not. The statistics show that the numbers of homeless people are on the increase.

The day provided a mix of speakers and workshops and we also heard from a speaker who is now a ‘woman of the cloth’ and someone who lived on the streets; not sure there was a dry eye in the room – All the letters behind your name mean nothing, you are an academic and haven’t been there, seeking humanity is everything … Our pledge was to ensure our members do not define these vulnerable people by their circumstances.