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Undergraduate Course: Personal and Professional Development 1 (DENT08003)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe areas of study in this course include learning techniques & scientific understanding, law & ethics, journal club, reflective portfolios, case-based learning, health informatics and statistics.
Course description Personal and Professional Development will give you the foundations from which your journey as a lifelong learner will flourish. In the beginning you focus on how to learn and you are equipped with the key study skills that will develop your critical thinking and reasoning. You will learn why reflective practice is an important part of your learning and you will be develop the skills to get the most use from your reflective portfolio.

You will be introduced to the legal, ethical and professional aspects of dental practice and develop your knowledge of the relevant policies, systems and legislation that impact your role as a dental care professional.

You will be encouraged to explore the importance of evidence-based practice via a Journal Club and you will be supported to develop the skills necessary to formulate questions and understanding when using literature searches.

GDC Learning Outcomes (Regulatory Body):
1.1.1 Describe the principles of an evidence-based approach to learning, clinical and professional practice and decision making
1.5.1 Explain principles of obtaining valid consent
1.5.2/ 3.3 Obtain valid consent from the patient before starting treatment, explaining all the relevant options and possible costs
1.5.3 Plan the delivery of, and carry out, care in the best interests of the patient
1.7.10 Discuss the role of the dental therapist and other members of the dental team in the patient management process
1.8.3 Recognise and take responsibility for the quality of care provided to the patient
1.8.4 Take responsibility for ensuring compliance with current best practice guidelines
2.1 Describe the basic principles of a population health approach including demographic and social trends, UK and international oral health trends, determinants of health and inequalities in health, the ways in which these are measured and current patterns
2.2 Explain the dental and wider healthcare systems dental
professionals work within including health policy and organisation, delivery
of healthcare and equity
2.4 Explain evidence-based prevention and apply appropriately
3.4 Obtain valid consent
4.3 Give and receive feedback effectively to and from other members
of the team
6.1 Put patients┬┐ interests first and act to protect them
6.2 Be honest and act with integrity
6.3 Respect patients┬┐ dignity and choices
6.4 Maintain and protect patients information
6.5 Recognise and respect the patients perspective and expectations of dental care and the role of the dental team, taking into account current equality and diversity legislation, nothing that this may differ in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
7.1 Be familiar with and act within the GDCs standards and within other professionally relevant laws, ethical guidance and systems
7.2 Recognise and act upon the legal and ethical responsibilities involved in protecting and promoting the health of individual patients
7.3 Act without discrimination and show respect for patients, colleagues and peers and the general public
7.4 Recognise the importance of candour and effective communication with patients when things go wrong, knowing how and where to report any patient safety issues which arise
7.5 Take responsibility for and act to raise concerns about your own or others┬┐ health, behaviour or professional performance as described in Standards for the Dental Team, Principle 8 Raise concerns if patients are at risk
8.1 Describe and respect the roles of dental and other healthcare professionals in the context of learning and working in a dental and wider healthcare team
8.2 Ensure that any team you are involved in works together to provide appropriate dental care for patients
8.3 Explain the contribution that team members and effective team working makes to the delivery of safe and effective high quality care
9.1 Recognise and demonstrate own professional responsibility in the development of self and the rest of the team
9.2 Utilise the provision and receipt of effective feedback in the professional development of self and others
9.3 Explain the range of learning and teaching methods and the importance of assessment, feedback, critical reflection, identification of learning needs and appraisal in personal development planning
9.4 Develop and maintain professional knowledge and competence and demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning
9.6 Accurately assess own capabilities and limitations in the interest of high quality patient care and seek advice from supervisors or colleagues where appropriate
9.7 Describe and demonstrate the attributes of professional attitudes and
behaviour in all environments and media
10.3 Recognise the impact of personal behaviour and manage this professionally
10.6 Take responsibility for personal development planning, recording of evidence and reflective practice
10.7 Ensure that all aspects of practice comply with legal and regulatory requirements
10.8 Demonstrate appropriate continuous improvement activities
11.1 Take a patient-centred approach to working with the dental and wider healthcare team
11.3 Recognise and demonstrate personal accountability to the regulator, the team and wider community
11.4 Recognise and comply with the team working requirements in the Scope of Practice and Standards document
11.6 Recognise, take responsibility for and act to raise concerns about own or others' health, behaviour or professional performance as described in Standards for the Dental Team Principle 8 Raise concerns if patients are at risk
12.3 Recognise and demonstrate the effective handling of complaints as described in the Standards for the Dental Team, Principle 5 Have a clear and effective complaints procedure
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 50, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 13 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 100%

Structured short answer tests.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Personal and Professional Development 11:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Personal and Professional Development 11:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Undertake critical analysis of scientific literature and be competent at employing different learning strategies
  2. Understand the importance of, and maintain contemporaneous, complete and accurate patient records in accordance with legal requirements and best practice
  3. Understand the regulatory functions of the GDC and be familiar with the need for lifelong learning and professional development and how these impact on clinical practice
  4. Recognise and act upon the legal and ethical responsibilities involved in protecting and promoting the health of individual patients
Reading List
A reading list for this course is available through Talis Aspire.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Enquiry and lifelong learning
University of Edinburgh graduates seek personal and academic learning that makes a positive difference to themselves and to the world around them. Inspired by their exposure to world-leading research, they are innovative and lifelong learners.

Research and enquiry
University of Edinburgh graduates use their highly-developed skills in research and enquiry to identify and creatively tackle problems, and to seek out opportunities for learning.

Personal and intellectual autonomy
University of Edinburgh graduates use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective.

Personal effectiveness
University of Edinburgh graduates are effective and proactive individuals, skilled in influencing positively and adapting to new situations with sensitivity and integrity.

University of Edinburgh graduates use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others.
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Course organiserMiss Zoe Coyle
Tel: 0131 536 4996
Course secretaryMs Jenny Thompson
Tel: (01315) 364964
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