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Undergraduate Course: Preparation for Practice 1 (DENT08004)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe areas of study in this course include safe working practices, emergency care, infection control, behavioural science, health informatics, pain and anxiety control and additional needs patients.
Course description Semester one;
You will begin to explore the legislation that impacts on your clinical practice and the clinical environment, concentrating on the Health and Safety Policies and Fire Safety Policies that are essential in ensuring safe working practices.
You will complete the SIPCEP programme which is completed via e-learning modules and covers transmission routes of infectious agents, how to prevent the spread of infections, the scientific principles of decontamination and disinfection and their relevance to health and safety.
You will be introduced to Behavourial Sciences through lectures, group work, self-directed learning and interactive sessions where you will begin to develop your verbal, non-verbal and communication skills which will give you the skills to communicate effectively and sensitively at all times, assisting you to become a proficient and caring practitioner.


Semester two; An important part of your clinical practice will be how to deal with a medical emergency confidently and efficiently so you will be equipped with the necessary skills through lecture base learning and the use of practical simulation cases on how to give basic life support and first aid.
In preparation of becoming a safe and effective practitioner you will be introduced to the pharmacokinetics of local analgesia which will give you an understanding of how this form of pain management works. In addition you will be introduced to the start of local anaesthetic techniques and complications of local anaesthetic.


Over arching GDC Learning Outcome (s):
1.1.1 Describe the principles of an evidence-based approach to learning, clinical and professional practice and decision making

1.1.7 Explain the potential routes of transmission of infectious agents in dental practice, mechanisms for the prevention of infection, the scientific principles of decontamination and disinfection and their relevance to health and safety

1.1.8 Describe the properties of relevant drugs and therapeutic agents and discuss their application to patient management

1.2.2 Recognise the importance of and record a comprehensive and contemporaneous patient history

1.2.4 Recognise abnormalities of the oral cavity and the rest of the patient and raise concerns where appropriate

1.2.7 Discuss the importance of each component of the patient assessment process

1.7.2 Explain the impact of medical and psychological conditions in the patient

1.7.4 Manage patient anxiety and pain through effective communication, reassurance and relevant behavioural techniques

1.7.5 Manage patient pain through the appropriate use of analgesia

1.7.9 Recognise local referral networks, local clinical guidelines and policies

1.8.1 Recognise the risks around the clinical environment and manage these in a safe and efficient manner

1.8.2 Implement and perform effective decontamination and infection control procedures according to current guidelines

1.8.3 Recognise and take responsibility for the quality of care provided to the patient

1.8.5 Recognise and manage medical emergencies

1.8.6 Explain the importance of and maintain accurate, contemporaneous and comprehensive patient records in accordance with legal and statutory requirements and best practice

1.10.2 Provide patients with comprehensive and accurate preventive education and instruction in a manner which encourages self-care and motivation

1.10.5 Assess the results of treatment and provide appropriate aftercare and on-going preventive advice

3.1 Communicate appropriately, effectively and sensitively at all times with and about patients, their representatives and the general public and in relation to:
- patients with anxious or challenging behaviour
- referring patients to colleagues, particularly where patients are from diverse backgrounds or there are barriers to patient communication
difficult circumstances, such as when breaking bad news, and when discussing issues, such as alcohol consumption, smoking or diet

3.2 Recognise the importance of non-verbal communication, including listening skills, and barriers to effective communication

5.1 Communicate appropriately, effectively and sensitively by spoken, written and electronic methods and maintain and develop these skills

5.2 Explain the importance of and maintain accurate, contemporaneous and comprehensive patient records in accordance with legal and statutory requirements and best practice

5.3 Recognise the use of a range of communication methods and technologies and their appropriate application in support of clinical practice*

6.1 Put patients┬┐ interests first and act to protect them

6.4 Maintain and protect patients┬┐ information

12.1 Recognise and comply with systems and processes to support safe patient care



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: 200 ( Lecture Hours 62, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 100, Formative Assessment Hours 27, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 6 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 100 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 100%
OSCE
1 hour

There are examinations at the end of each semester which must be passed satisfactorily before any student is permitted to continue to the next phase of study.
Feedback Feedback will be provided from the course organiser or the students personal tutor.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise the risks around the clinical environment and manage these in a safe and efficient manner complying with national and local clinical governance and health and safety requirements
  2. Explain and understand the routes of transmission of infectious agents in the dental practice, mechanisms for the prevention of infection, the scientific principles of decontamination and disinfection and their relevance to health and safety.
  3. Communicate effectively and sensitively, recognising the importance of non-verbal communication and listening skills, and barriers to effective communication
  4. Recognise and manage medical emergencies
  5. List the different local analgesic agents, their mode of action and their uses
Reading List
A reading list for this course is available through Talis Aspire.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication:
Communicate appropriately, effectively and sensitively at all times with and about patients, their representatives and the general public.

Management and Leadership: Take a patient centred approach to working with the dental and wider healthcare team.
Additional Class Delivery Information Total hours: 200
Lectures, tutorials, blended learning from use of online platform (Learn)
Self- directed learning
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserMs Joanne Beveridge
Tel: (0131 5)36 4997
Email: joanne.beveridge@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Jenny Thompson
Tel: (01315) 364964
Email: Jenny.Thompson@ed.ac.uk
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