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Undergraduate Course: Clinical Practice 1(b) (DENT08006)

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 practice, additional needs patients and preventive dentistry.

Course description You will move on to treating patients in the clinical environment where you will be supported to further develop your abilities. You will now use your skills learnt in semester 1 on to treat patients in the dental clinics where you will improve and refine your skills in the examination, treatment, prevention and management of periodontal disease.
During clinical sessions, you will develop a patient-centred team approach and with the support of the dental team understand the importance of the contribution that each team member makes to the delivery of safe and effective treatment.
The focus will be on preventative dentistry and you will concentrate on the impact fluoride has had on the populations oral health, the history of water fluoridation and the effects of systemic and tropical fluoride applications on the dentition.
You will receive a lecture and practical demonstration on fissure sealants and will use this knowledge in the clinical skills room to gain the skills and practice the placement of fissure sealants and understand the clinical reasons behind this preventative procedure.
You will also gain the knowledge and communication skills that will enable you to give empathetic advice and support to patients who smoke in relation to its effects on their oral and overall general health and be confident in referring these patients who wish to quit.
You will build on the theory learnt in Preparation for Practice and you will go on to learn the techniques used for giving safe and successful local infiltration analgesia with practical demonstrations and practice in the clinical skills room which will equip you with the necessary skills and confidence to deliver high quality patient care in the clinical environment.

General Dental Council Learning Outcomes
1.1.1 Describe the prinicples of an evidence-based approach to learning, clinical and professional practice and decision making
1.1.2 Describe oral diseases and their relevance to prevention, diagnosis and treatment
1.1.3 Explain general and systemic disease and their relevance to oral health
1.1.4 Explain the aetiology and pathogenesis of oral disease
1.1.5 Describe relevant and appropriate dental, oral craniofacial and general anatomy and explain their application to patient management
1.1.6 Describe relevant and appropriate physiology and explain its application to patient management
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
1.1.11 Recognise psychological and sociological factors that contribute to poor oral health, the course of diseases and the success of treatment
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
1.2.5 Contribute to relevant special investigations and diagnostic procedures, including radiology
1.2.7 Discuss the importance of each component of the patient assessment process
1.5.4 Identify where patients┬┐ needs may differ from the treatment plan and refer patients for advice when and where appropriate
1.5.5 Discuss the role of the dental therapist and other members of the dental team in the treatment plan
1.7.1 Treat all patients with equality, respect and dignity
1.7.2 Explain the impact of medical and psychological conditions in the patient
1.7.3 Recognise the need to monitor and review treatment outcomes
1.7.4 Manage patient anxiety and pain through effective communication, reassurance and relevant behavioural techniques
1.7.7 Refer to other members of the dental team or other health professionals
1.7.8 Recongnise the need for and make arrangements for appropriate follow-up care
1.7.9 Recognise local referral networks, local clinical guidelines and policies
1.7.10 Discuss the role of the dental therapist and other members of the dental team in the patient management
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
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
1.9.1 Recognise and manage patients with acute oral conditions ensuring involvement of appropriate dental team members
1.10.1 Recognise the responsibilities of the dental team as an access point to and from wider healthcare
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 methods1.11.4 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
1.11.8 Describe the risks related to dental implant therapy and manage the health of peri-implant tissues
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
2.1 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 professional work within including health policy and organisation, delivery of healthcare and equity
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
2.4 Explain evidence-based prevention and apply appropriately
3.1 Communicate appropriately, effectively and sensitively at all times with and aboyt patients, 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
3.3 Explain and check patient's understanding of teratments, options, costs and valid consent
3.4 Obtain valid consent
4.1 Communicate appropriately with colleagues from dental and other healthcare professions in relation to the direct care of individual patients, including oral health promotion
5.1 Communicate appropriately, effectively and sensitively by spoken, written and
electronic methods and maintain an develop these skills
5.2 Explain the importance of and maintain accurate, comtemporaneous 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
5.4 Recognise and act withing the prinicples of information governance
6.1 Be honest and act with integrity
6.3 Respect patient┬┐s dignity and choices
6.4 Maintain and protect patients' information
6.5 Recognise and respect the patient's perspective and expectations of care and the role of the dental team, taking into account issues relating to equality and diversity, noting that this may differ in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island
7.1 Be familiar with and act within the GDC's 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
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
9.6 Accuratey assess own capabilities and limitations in the interest of high quality patient care and seek advice from supervisors or colleagues where appropriate
11.1 Take a patient-centred approach to working with the dental and wider healthcare team
11.2 Recognise and respect own and others' contibution to the dental and wider healthcare team and demonstrate effective team working
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 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 30, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 100, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 5 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 100%
In-course assessment.
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 at the end of each semester. 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 S2 (April/May)Clinical Practice 1(b) - Patient Assessment1:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Manage patient pain through the appropriate use of analgesia
  2. Describe and respect the roles of the dental team and other healthcare professionals in the context of learning and working in a dental and wider healthcare team to deliver safe and effective high quality care
  3. Recognise, assess and treat appropriately patients with additional needs
  4. Advise on and apply a range of preventative materials and treatment as appropriate
  5. Describe the health risks relating to the use of tobacco on the oral and general health and provide appropriate advice, referral and support
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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Contacts
Course organiserMrs Elizabeth Conner
Tel: (0131 5)36 4996
Email: econner@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Jenny Thompson
Tel: (01315) 364964
Email: Jenny.Thompson@ed.ac.uk
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