Learning outcomes for subject from ‘Developing the Dental Team’



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Annex 1: Learning outcomes for Dental technology


Annex 1





Learning outcomes for subject from ‘Developing the Dental Team’

Module(s) in which each learning

outcome is covered

Where and how learning

outcome is assessed

Learning outcome



e.g. have knowledge of the scientific principles of sterilisation, disinfection and antisepsis


Module name(s) and the topic(s) within the module which cover this GDC learning outcome, in which year(s) of the programme


Module one, year one – Introduction to dentistry. Lectures and practical sessions in instrument decontamination.
Module three, year two – Introduction to clinical dentistry.

Hands-on sterilisation of dental instruments using autoclaves in clinics at hospital and outreach

Formative and summative assessments in which this learning outcome will be assessed. Provide timing(s) in programme when these assessments take place


Year One - OSCE in semester one. Written papers at end of year.
Year Two – Written papers at end of year.


BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES AND ORAL BIOLOGY

Have knowledge of the biomedical sciences, oral physiology and craniofacial, oral and dental anatomy relevant to dental technology








Be familiar with those aspects of general anatomy and physiology relevant to the practice of dental technology









BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES, COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND HEALTH INFORMATICS

Be competent at using information technology








Be competent at communication with patients, their families and carers, other members of the dental team and other healthcare professionals









Have knowledge of managing patients from different social and ethnic backgrounds









Have knowledge of working as part of the dental team









Be familiar with the social and psychological issues relevant to the care of patients









HUMAN DISEASE

Have knowledge of the scientific principles of sterilisation, disinfection and antisepsis









Be familiar with the main medical disorders which may impinge on dental treatment









Be familiar with the work of other healthcare workers









Be familiar with the place of dentistry in the provision of healthcare









MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

Be competent at carrying out resuscitation techniques









Be familiar with the principles of first aid









LAW, ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM

Be competent at maintaining full, accurate laboratory records









Have knowledge of patients’ rights and how to handle complaints









Have knowledge of the competency range of other members of the dental team









Have knowledge of the regulatory functions of the GDC









Be familiar with the responsibilities of consent, duty of care and confidentiality









Be familiar with the legal and ethical obligations of registered members of the dental team









Be familiar with the obligation to practise in the best interests of the patient at all times









Be familiar with the need for lifelong learning and professional development









Be familiar with the law as it applies to records









HEALTH AND SAFETY AND INFECTION CONTROL

Be competent at implementing and performing satisfactory infection control and preventing physical, chemical and microbiological contamination in the clinic and the laboratory








Be competent at arranging and using the working clinical and laboratory environment in the most safe and efficient manner








Have knowledge of health and safety legislation as it affects clinical and laboratory practice









DENTAL BIOMATERIALS SCIENCE

Be competent at the correct selection and manipulation of dental biomaterials used by the dental technician








Have knowledge of the science that underpins the dental biomaterials used by the dental technician









Have knowledge of the limitations of such dental biomaterials








Be familiar with those aspects of biomaterials safety that relate to the work of the dental technician









INTEGRATION

Be competent at receiving work from the clinical area








Be competent at using a variety of types of information and data to establish the requirements for a particular custom-made dental device









Be competent at managing the manufacture of a range of custom-made dental devices within one of the following treatment modalities:

• Fixed Prosthodontics;

• Removable Prosthodontics;

• Orthodontics.








Be competent at assessing the fitness for purpose both of custom-made dental devices employed in the manufacture of a dental prosthesis and of the final device itself








Have knowledge of the procedures used in the design and manufacture of custom-made dental devices for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Orthodontics









Have knowledge of the design and manufacture of a range of custom-made dental devices, together with the provision of advice to other members of the dental team on aspects of their manufacture






Have knowledge of how to meet the design requirements by re-working and changing of components to meet the patient’s needs








Have knowledge of when it is appropriate to refer a request for dental technical support to a more appropriately skilled colleague and of how to carry out such a procedure









Have knowledge of quality assurance as it applies to the individual dental technician









Be familiar with contract review for clinical cases








Be familiar with the complex interactions between materials, designs and oral structures when reviewing the manufacture and acceptability of dental devices









Be familiar with product standards in relation to dental devices









PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

Be familiar with the procedures, successes and limitations of preventive dentistry








Have knowledge of the ways to design and manufacture dental appliances in a fashion which minimises their potential for causing further oral disease









DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH

Be familiar with the dental team’s wider responsibilities towards the community as a whole








Be familiar with the sociological, behavioural, environmental and economic factors which contribute to oral health or illness









INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL TECHNOLOGY

Be competent in the stages of manufacture of dental devices in areas relevant to the student’s programme








Be familiar with the design and manufacture of a range of fixed and removable dental devices and orthodontic appliances








Be familiar with the clinical aspects of a range of restorative techniques that involve the manufacture of dental devices









Be familiar with the provision of a comprehensive approach to oral care









DENTAL RADIOLOGY AND IMAGING

Be familiar with the principles which underlie dental radiographic techniques








Be familiar with the application of radiological and imaging methods to support dental treatment








Be familiar with the radiographic appearance of various tissues of relevance to dental technology









APPLIED DENTAL TECHNOLOGY

Be competent at knowing when and how to progress fixed prosthodontic cases within the dental laboratory matched to treatment plans








Be competent at the initial planning and preparation of fixed prosthodontic appliances for manufacture in the dental laboratory








Have knowledge of the range of manufacturing methods and materials used to fabricate fixed prosthodontic restorations








Have knowledge of the various technological procedures used in the dental laboratory during the production of veneers, inlays, crowns, bridges, and temporary restorations








Be familiar with the treatment planning and design requirements related to the range of fixed prosthodontic restorations









Be familiar with the clinical aspects of team provision of custom-made dental devices









Be familiar with dental implants as an option for replacing missing teeth








Be familiar with the range of dental laboratory techniques which have application in the use of dental implants








Be familiar with the forms of precision attachments used as an option when fabricating fixed and removable prostheses








Be familiar with the complex nature of the use of precision attachments in both fixed and removable custom-made dental devices








Be competent at knowing when and how to progress removable prosthodontic cases within the dental laboratory matched to treatment plans








Be competent at the initial planning and preparation of removable prosthodontic appliances for manufacture in the dental laboratory








Have knowledge of assessing the feasibility of meeting client requirements for custom-made dental devices








Have knowledge of providing technical advice on the feasibility and design of custom-made dental devices









Have knowledge of the design of complete dentures and:

• their manufacture;

• the incorporation of soft linings or modifications to improve their strength;

• their repair.








Have knowledge of the design, manufacture, modification and repair of removable prosthetic devices









Be familiar with the design and manufacture of complex removable prostheses








Be familiar with the design and manufacture of occlusal splints, sleep apnoea devices and mouth guards








Be familiar with the use of implants and precision attachments for the stabilisation of intra-oral prostheses









ORTHODONTICS

Be competent at knowing when and how to progress orthodontic cases within the dental laboratory matched to treatment plans








Be competent at the initial planning and preparation of orthodontic appliances for manufacture in the dental laboratory








Have knowledge of the range of manufacturing methods and materials used to fabricate removable orthodontic appliances








Be familiar with the treatment planning and design requirements related to the range of orthodontic appliances








Be familiar with the clinical aspects of team provision of removable orthodontic custom-made dental devices









Be familiar with the inclusion of prosthetic teeth within removable orthodontic appliances










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