Advancing Dental Professionl Practice - WKBL8500

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


During this module students are encouraged to evaluate and explore the extent of an aspect or area of their own professional practice, with a view to extending that practice, whilst remaining within the ethical and mandated bounds of Scope of Practice. The module will provide an opportunity for students to explore the relationship that they have as dental professionals in the provision of oral health care within the UK, as well the considering developments in the rest of healthcare both within the UK and within an international context.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 35
Private study hours: 265
Total study hours: 300


This 30 credit module is taught during Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer terms.


This module is part of the Master's level programme.

Method of assessment

Literature Review, 4000 words, 60%
Presentation(Oral/Poster), 20 mins, 20%
Reflective Report/Article, 1500words, 20%

Indicative reading

Brunette, D. (2007). Critical Thinking. Understanding and Evaluating Dental Research. Second Edition. Quintessence Books: USA.
Care Quality Commission available via the following link
Care Quality Commission - A New System of Registration – Guide for providers of primary dental care.
Eaton, KA. (2006) Standards in Dentistry: A New Approach. London: Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK).
FGDP (UK). (2000) Current Guidance for General Dental Practice. London: The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK).
General Dental Council (2009) Scope of Practice.
Greenhalgh, T. (2006). How to Read a Paper, the Basics of Evidence-Base Medicine. 3rd Edition. London: Blackwell Publishing.
Pendlebury, ME.(2004) Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography. London: Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK). Royal College of Surgeons
Ratten, R. Chambers, R. & Wakley, G. (2002) Clinical Governance in General Dental Practice. London. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
Richards, D. & Clarkson, J. (2008) Evidence-Based Dentistry: Managing Information for Better Practice. Quintessence Publishing Co Ltd, London.
Primary Dental Care Services – Clinical Governance Framework".
FDI –World Dental Federation (2009)
Widstrom, E.; Eaton, K. (2004) Systems for the provision of oral health care. Workforce and costs in the European Union, European economic area and accession states 2003 – A council of European Chief Dental Officers Survey. Oral Health and preventative dentistry: 2: 155-194.
Council Of European Dentists. (2009) EU Manual Of Dental Practice.
World Health Organisation. World Health Report 2008: Now more than ever.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Apply established criteria to critically evaluate the worth and applicability of professionally relevant literature in order to ethically raise standards of practice within a dental workplace setting.
2. Critically evaluate understanding of evidence based principles to extend dental professional roles within the criteria designated within the government's regulatory body, the General Dental Council, Scope of Practice.
3. Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on the relevance that international scope of practice has on dental professional practice within the UK.
4. Interpret and ethically apply selected underpinning contemporary evidence, guidance, theory and literature related to the specified area of extended practice.
5. Plan personal development through critical reflection and evaluation on own dental professional practice, including the limitations related to specified interventions, extended duty or GDC additional duty.


PG Cert/PG Diploma MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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