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Undergraduate Course: Clinical Practice 2(b) (DENT09013)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThe areas of study in this course will include Clinical practice, Restorative Skills , Paediatric Dentistry,
Course description This semester clinical time will increase to include restorative dental treatment of both the adult and child patient. Students should now be competent to undertake most practical routine dentistry within the remit of the dental hygienist-therapist. You will continue to broaden your knowledge of restorative skills and learn how to deal with factors which can affect successful restorative dentistry.

General Dental Council Learning Outcomes
1.1.1 Describe the principles 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 biomaterial 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 radiography
1.2.6 Assess patients' level of anxiety. Experience and expectations in respect of dental care
1.2.7 Discuss the importance of each component of the patient assessment process
1.5.3 Plan the delivery of, and carry out, care in the best interests of the patient
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
1.7.6 Explain the risks and benefits of treatment under general anaesthesia and conscious sedation
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
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
1.8.5 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
1.8.7 Recognise the signs of abuse or neglect and describe local and national systems and raise concerns where appropriate
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 methods
1.11.4 Monitor and record changes in periodontal health as necessary using appropriate indices
1.11.5 Place temporary dressings and re-cement crowns with temporary cement
1.11.6 Recognise and appropriately manage the complications associated with periodontal therapy
1.12.1 Explain the risks, indications and complications of extractions
1.12.2 Extract erupted deciduous teeth under local anaesthetic
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
1.14.2 Restore teeth using a wide range of treatments and materials appropriate to the patient including permanent and temporary direct restorations, maintaining function and aesthetics
1.14.5 Explain the role of the dental therapist in the restoration of teeth
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
3.3 Explain and check patient's understanding of treatments, options, costs and 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
6.1 Put patients interests first and act to protect them
6.2 Act with integrity and be trustworthy
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
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
10.1 Put patients' interest first and act to protect them
11.1 Take a patient-centred approach to working with the dental and wider healthcare team
11.2 Recognise and respect own and others' contribution 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
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, Other Study Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 12 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Self-directed learning
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 100 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One Simulated clinical case on Periodontal dentistry worth 50%
To pass this examination, students must pass all five domains in the case.

Adult restorative OSCE worth 50%

Short answer tests, clinical assessments, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and Structured Clinical Operative Tests (SCOTS).

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)Periodontic Case Presentation1:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. - Be able to competently undertake all practical aspects of routine dentistry within the scope of practice of the dental hygienist-therapist.
  2. - Understand and explain the principles associated with complex cavities, occlusal management & failure and repair of restorations
  3. - Be familiar with the importance of child protection and management of paediatric dental trauma
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.
Additional Class Delivery Information About 20 lectures, 3 Clinical Skills sessions per week and seminars.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMrs Elizabeth Conner
Tel: (0131 5)36 4996
Course secretaryMs Jenny Thompson
Tel: (01315) 364964
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