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Undergraduate Course: Preparation for Practice 2 (DENT09001)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe overall areas of teaching in this course in Semester 1 will include Emergency care, Pain & Anxiety control 2, Behavioural Science 2 and Child Protection.
In semester 2 areas covered will include; Behavioural sciences 3, Oral health promotion and pain and anxiety control 3.
Course description Preparation for Practice in year 2 will involve a closer look at pain and anxiety control through the use of block anaesthesia and local anaesthesia for paediatric patients.
You will come to consider the important topic of dental public health paying close attention to dental health and services within the UK. Oral health promotion will allow the chance to study the importance of education and how to plan health interventions. You will also continue to revise and maintain the skills and knowledge required for emergency care.

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

1.1.11 Recognise psychological and sociological factors that contribute to poor oral health, the course of diseases and the success of treatment

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

1.7.6 Explain the risks and benefits of treatment under general anaesthesia and conscious sedation

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

1.8.5 Recognise and manage medical emergencies

1.8.7 Recognise the signs of abuse or neglect and describe local and national systems and raise concerns where appropriate

1.10.1 Recognise the responsibilities of the dental team as an access point to and from wider healthcare

1.10.3 Underpin all patient care with a preventive approach that contributes to the patient¿s long-term oral health and general health

1.10.5 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

1.12.1 Explain the risks, indications and complications of extractions

1.12.2 Extract erupted deciduous teeth under local anaesthetic

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

2.3 Describe and evaluate the role of health promotion in terms of the changing environment and community and individual behaviours to deliver health gain

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

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

6.1 Put patients¿ interests first and act to protect them

7.1 Be familiar with and act within the GDC¿s standards and within other professionally relevant laws, ethical guidance and systems

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
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 80, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 40, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 9, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Revision Session Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 16 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 100 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Practical Examination 100%

Medical Emergency OSCE

1 hour

Feedback Feedback will be provided from the course organiser or the students professional mentor
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Preparation for Practice 2 OSCE1:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. - Recognise the landmark/anatomical features important in block injections and how to safely administer local anaesthetic in these situations wiht both adult and paediatric patients.
  2. - Have a knowledge of the dental public health system within the UK and how it works
  3. - Recognise the importance of behavioural sciences within dentistry and how to appropriately manage patients.
  4. - Have the knowledge and be competent in dealing with medical emergencies including BLS.
  5. - Have knowledge of the principles behind oral health promotion and education.
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
Course organiserMs Joanne Beveridge
Tel: (0131 5)36 4997
Course secretaryMs Jenny Thompson
Tel: (01315) 364964
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