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.
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%
Brunette, D. (2007). Critical Thinking. Understanding and Evaluating Dental Research. Second Edition. Quintessence Books: USA.
Care Quality Commission available via the following link http://www.cqc.org.uk/guidanceforprofessionals/primarydentalcare/willineedtoregister.cfm
Care Quality Commission - A New System of Registration – Guide for providers of primary dental care. http://www.cqc.org.uk/_db/_documents/8788-CQC-Dentists-Revised_FINAL-300101.pdf
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. http://www.gdc-uk.org/News+publications+and+events/Publications/Guidance+for+dental+professionals/Scope+of+Practice.htm
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". http://www.pcc.nhs.uk/uploads/Dentistry/may_2006_uploads/primary_care_dental_services_clinical_governance_framework.pdf
FDI –World Dental Federation (2009) http://www.fdiworldental.org/home/sitemap.html
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. http://www.who.int/whr/2008/en/index.html
See the library reading list for this module (Medway)
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
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