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Undergraduate Course: Preparation for Practice 3 (DENT09011)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe areas within this course in Semester 1 are as follows;
- Emergency care, Pain and Anxiety control 4, Prosthodontics 1 and 2.

The areas within this course in Semester 2 are as follows;
- Dental Public health
- Medicines management and patient referrals.
Course description In semester one a refresher session will be provided so you remain up to date with current mendical emergency and basic life spport training. A refresher within the SICEP infection control course will also be provided and this is completed online.
Further traning within pain and anxiety ocntrolled will be rpvided including diagnosiing pain and how to manage patients in pain, management of anxious patients and treatment under sedation.
A focus of prosthodontics will be provided.

In semester 2 dental public health will be looked at in further detail including community based prevention and epidemiology of disease.
Students wil be introduced to medicines management.

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

1.1.9 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

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

1.2.6 Assess patients¿ levels of anxiety, experience and expectations in respect of dental care

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

1.7.3 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

1.7.5 Manage patient pain through the appropriate use of analgesia

1.7.7 Refer to other members of the dental team or other health professionals.

1.7.8 Recognise 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 process

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

1.10.3 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

1.11.8 Describe the risks related to dental implant therapy and manage the health of peri-implant tissues

1.12.1 Explain the risks, indications and complications of extractions

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

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

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

11.1 Take a patient-centred approach to working with the dental and wider healthcare team

11.5 Describe the impact of Direct Access on each registrant group¿s scope of practice and its effect on dental team working

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 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 96, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In course assessment

Poster presentation

15 minutes
100% weighting
Feedback Feedback will be provided from the course organiser or the students personal tutor.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Manage patient anxiety and pain through effective communication, reassurance and relevant behavioural techniques.
  2. Explain the risks and benefits of treatment under general anaesthetic and conscious sedation
  3. Recognise and manage medical emergencies
  4. Explain the impact of medical and psychological conditions in the patient
  5. Communicate appropriately, effectively and sensitively by spoken, written and electronic methods and maintain and develop these skills
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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