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Undergraduate Course: Clinical Practice 1(a) (DENT08005)

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 Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThe areas of study in this course include dental hygiene clinical skills and dental hygiene clinical practice.
Course description Within clinical practice you will spend time in the clinical skills room where you will acquire hands on clinical skills using hand and mechanical instruments and practice your manual dexterity skills using the Phantom Heads. These practical sessions will be enhanced with hands-on demonstrations and short lectures.
You will learn how to recognise the healthy periodontium and spot any deviances from the norm due to periodontal and dental disease. You will be introduced to the indices used to record and monitor oral health and disease and the different notations used in the dental environment.
You will be shown how to motivate a patient to take responsibility for their oral health and make recommendations about the cleaning aids that are currently available backed up by your knowledge of the current research.

General Dental Council Learning Outcomes
1.1.2 Describe oral diseases and their relevance to prevention, diagnosis and treatment
1.1.4 Explain the aetiology and pathogenesis of oral disease
1.1.8 Describe the properties of relevant drugs and therapeutic agents and discuss their application to patient management
1.1.9 Describe the scientific principles underpinning the use of materials and biomaterials and discuss their limitations and selection, with emphasis on those used in dentistry
1.2.1 Recognise the importance of and carry out an appropriate systematic intra- and extra-oral clinical examination
1.2.2 Recognise the importance of and record a comprehensive and contemporaneous patient history
1.2.3 Recognise the significance of changes in the patient's reported oral health status and take appropriate action
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
1.9.1 Recognise and manage patients with acute oral conditions ensuring involvement of appropriate dental team members
1.10.2 Provide patients with comprehensive and accurate preventive education and instruction in a manner which encourages self-care and motivation
1.10.3 Underpin all patient care with a preventive approach that contributes to the patient¿s long-term oral health and general health
1.10.4 Advise on and apply a range of preventive materials and treatments as appropriate
1.10.5 Assess the results of treatment and provide appropriate aftercare and on-going preventive advice
1.10.6 Describe the health risks of diet, drugs and substance misuse, and substances such as tobacco and alcohol on oral and general health and provide appropriate advice, referral and support
1.11.1 Assess and manage the health of periodontal and soft tissues taking into account risk and lifestyle factors
1.11.2 Explain and take account of the impact of the patient's periodontal and general health on the overall treatment plan and outcomes
1.11.3 Undertake non-surgical treatments, under prescription where appropriate, to remove hard and soft deposits and stains using a range of methods
1.11.4 Monitor and record changes in periodontal health as necessary using appropriate indices
1.11.4 Monitor and record changes in periodontal health as necessary using appropriate indices
1.11.6 Recognise and appropriately manage the complications associated with periodontal therapy
1.11.7 Recognise the role of surgical management of periodontal diseases, apply antimicrobials and provide appropriate patient care
1.13.1 Identify normal and abnormal facial growth, physical, mental and dental development and explain their significance
1.14.1 Assess and manage caries, occlusion, and tooth wear, and, where appropriate, restore the dentition using the principle of minimal intervention, maintaining function and aesthetics
1.8.2 Implement and perform effective decontamination and infection control procedures according to current guidelines
1.8.4 Take responsibility for ensuring compliance with current best practice
2.3 Describe and evaluate the role of health promotion in terms of the changing environment and community and individual behaviours to deliver health gain
5.1 Communicate appropriately, effectively and sensitively by spoken, written and
electronic methods and maintain an develop these skills
5.3 Recognise the use of a range of communication methods and technologies and their appropriate application in support of clinical practice
6.1 Be honest and act with integrity
9.6 Accuratey assess own capabilities and limitations in the interest of high quality patient care and seek advice from supervisors or colleagues where appropriate
12.1 Recognise and comply with systems and processes to support safe patient care
12.2 Recognise the need for effective recorded maintenance and testing of equipment and requirements for appropriate storage, handling and use of materials
12.5 Recognise and comply with national and local clinical governance and health and safety requirements
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 Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 77, Formative Assessment Hours 30, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 100 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Practical Examination 50%, OSCE 50%
Combined assessment methods including objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and Directly Observed Procedures (DOPS) are used to determine clinical ability and progress, and a logbook of clinical work is kept which contributes to a personal portfolio and is assessed throughout as formative feedback towards the end of term summative exam. 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 Effective feedback has benefits for the giver, receiver and the wider organisation and works best when it is a two-way process.
Constructive feedback is used to help the student formulate better decisions to improve and increase skills and performance. Students will have opportunities to give and receive feedback from peers, tutors, the wider dental team and patients with these opportunities for feedback arising within lectures, interactive group sessions and during clinical sessions.
Students are given one-to-one feedback from their Personal Tutor at their start of semester meetings, and at any other time during the semester that the student/PT requests.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Clinical Practice 1(a) OSCE1:00
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Clinical Practice 1(a) preclinical practical exam (perio)1:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 1. Recognise the changes that occur with normal growth and ageing and be confident in recognising the normal periodontium and be able to identify any deviations from the norm
  2. 2. Be competent at instructing patients in the various methods of plaque control, including both chemical and mechanical means and incorporating appropriate modifications for patients with special needs.
  3. 3. Be competent at obtaining and recording a detailed patient medical and social history
  4. 4. Be proficient in using the various indices to screen and monitor oral health and disease and be competent in using these in the treatment and monitoring of periodontal disease
Reading List
A reading list for this course is available through Talis Aspire.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills University of Edinburgh graduates use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others. This course will give the student the skills required to communicate appropriately, effectively and sensitively at all times with and about patients, their representatives and the general public.

University of Edinburgh graduates are effective and proactive individuals, skilled in influencing positively and adapting to new situations with sensitivity and integrity. This course will allow the student to recognise and demonstrate own professional responsibility in the development of self and the rest of the team.

University of Edinburgh graduates use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective. This course will provide the scaffolding for deep and autonomous learning in a student centred learning and teaching environment where intellectual skills are developed through lectures, small group tutorials, practical classes and clinical teaching
University of Edinburgh graduates draw on the quality, depth and breadth of their experiences to engage with the communities and world around them. With an informed international perspective, they seek to contribute positively, ethically and respectfully. This course will allow the student to take a patient centred approach to working with the dental and wider healthcare team while recognising and acting upon the legal and ethical responsibilities involved in protecting and promoting the health of individual patients.
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Course organiserMrs Elizabeth Conner
Tel: (0131 5)36 4996
Course secretaryMs Jenny Thompson
Tel: (01315) 364964
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