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Undergraduate Course: Preparation for Practice 4 (DENT10003)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryRecap of medical emergencies, basic life support and SIPCEP refresher.
The areas of study in this course will include alternative clinical therapies, occupational hazards, law and ethics, referrals, business management and cosmetic procedures.
Course description Semester one; You will have the opportunity to learn about alternative therapies in dentistry and the occupational hazards associated with professional practice. You will revise the skills necessary for emergency patient care and safety.

Semester two; This course is designed to prepare you for professional practice following graduation. You will be reminded through a series of seminars of the standards expected of you as a dental professional. You will have a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the the law and ethics surrounding your clinical practice and the additional skills required for business management.

Overall 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

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

1.2.7 Discuss the importance of each component of the patient assessment process

1.5.1 Explain the principles of obtaining valid patient consent

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

1.5.5 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

1.7.9 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

1.8.3 Recognise and take responsibility for the quality of care provided to the patient

1.8.5 Recognise and manage medical emergencies
1.10.2 Provide patients with comprehensive and accurate preventive education and instruction in a manner which encourages self-care and motivation

3.4 Obtain valid consent

4.2 Explain the role of appraisal, training and review of colleagues, giving and receiving effective feedback

5.3 Recognise the use of a range of communication methods and technologies and their appropriate application in support of clinical practice*

6.4 Maintain and protect patients¿ information

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

7.4 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

7.5 Take responsibility for and act to raise concerns about your own or others¿ health, behaviour or professional performance as described in Standards for the Dental Team, Principle 8 Raise concerns if patients are at risk

9.1 Recognise and demonstrate own professional responsibility in the development of self and the rest of the team

9.4 Develop and maintain professional knowledge and competence and demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning

10.1 Put patients¿ interests first and act to protect them

10.6 Take responsibility for personal development planning, recording of evidence and reflective practice

10.7 Ensure that all aspects of practice comply with legal and regulatory requirements

10.8 Demonstrate appropriate continuous improvement activities

11.4 Recognise and comply with the team working requirements in the Scope of Practice and Standards documents

12.3 Recognise and demonstrate the effective handling of complaints as described in the Standards for the Dental Team, Principle 5 Have a clear and effective complaints procedure
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 Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Experiential Student-Led, Individually-Created Courses (SLICC) reflective learning and assessment framework using an e-portfolio: 100%
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. Discuss alternative therapies available to the hygienist-therapist and also recognise the hazards which may be encountered as a result of clinical activity
  2. Be competent at BLS
  3. Prepare application for registration with the GDC
  4. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the regulatory framework of the GDC
  5. Understand the significance of law and ethics in dental practice
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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