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Undergraduate Course: Clinical Practice 2(a) (DENT09016)

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 Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThe areas of study of this course include Clinical Practice, Gerontology, Dental Biomaterials Science
Restorative Skills and Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Skills
Course description Year 2 Semester 1 encompasses clinical practice with the inclusion of both preventive and periodontal treatment sessions in the paediatric and restorative departments. This semester you will begin to adapt the skills required for competent (adult & paediatric) restorative dentistry within the remit of the dental hygienist-therapist. You will also be introduced to aspects of gerodontology and specific oral health care issues affecting the ageing population. This course will include a mix of lectures, hands on skills work and ongoing clinical treatment sessions.

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
1.2.3 Recognise the significance of changes in the patient¿s reported oral health status and take appropriate action
1.2.5 Contribute to relevant special investigations and diagnostic procedures, including radiography
1.2.7 Discuss the importance of each component of the patient assessment process
1.5.2 Obtain valid consent from the patient before starting treatment, explaining all the relevant options and possible costs
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
1.7.2 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
1.7.5 Manage patient pain through the appropriate use of analgesia
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
1.8.1 Recognise the risks around the clinical environment and manage these in a safe and efficient manner
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
1.10.3 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
1.11.4 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
1.12.1 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
1.14.3 Provide pulp treatment for deciduous teeth
1.14.4 Restore deciduous teeth using preformed crowns
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
6.3 Respect patient's dignity and choices
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
7.2 Recognise and act upon the legal and ethical responsibilities involved in protecting and promoting the health of individual patients
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
9.5 Recognise and evaluate the impact of new technologies in clinical practice
11.1 Take a patient-centred approach to working with the dental and wider healthcare team
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 Students MUST have passed:
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 60, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 50, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Other Study Hours 11, 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 %
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 2(a) (DENT09016) - Paediatric OSCE1:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Clinical Practice 2(a)1:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. - Be competent in the evaluation and management of the teeth and supporting structures.
  2. - Have knowledge and show understanding of the factors affecting oral healthcare of the ageing and elderly population
  3. - Have knowledge of the range of dental materials available and relevant indications for their use.
  4. - Safely carry out caries removal and demonstrate use of appropriate dental materials to restore the dentition.
  5. - Use a range of skills to exhibit competent dental management of the child patient
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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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