The aim of the module is to provide underpinning knowledge and development of skills for dental nurses wishing to undertake extended clinical duties as detailed in the GDC Scope of Practice and also to promote awareness of the value of teamwork in dental care.
Learning Outcomes, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods
A. Knowledge and Understanding
A1. Discuss the role and limitations of the dental nurse when undertaking extended duties activities
A2 Discuss the health and safety issues involved in extended duties activities
Teaching and Learning Methods
The students will be taught by a combination of demonstration, lecture and practical activities on phantom heads. Students will undertake supervised practice in the workplace.
Personal Development Planning aims to encourage independent life-long learners who can reflect on, understand and plan for their learning. Independent learning is developed throughout the programme, which starts with introductory lectures and practical sessions accepting that the students will at this stage be qualified as dental nurses but novices in respect of their new skills and responsibilities
This programme is specifically designed for students already employed as dental nurses to develop their career, as such, PDP is an essential foundation of the programme.
The programme therefore focuses on encouraging the student to reflect on their learning (and other life) experiences, towards taking directed actions to ameliorate weaknesses and build on strengths. Students will be introduced to the concepts of reflective practice during their induction period, and will be expected to reflect on their performance after assessments and feedback sessions. These reflective statements will be an integral part of the clinical log, to be assessed by the course team.
Work-based mentors will confirm completion of practice and verify practice learning.
16. Admissions criteria
Programme Specifications include minimum entry requirements, including academic qualifications, together with appropriate experience and skills required for entry to study. These criteria may be expressed as a range rather than a specific grade. Amendments to entry requirements may have been made after these documents were published and you should consult the University’s website for the most up to date information.
Students will be informed of their personal minimum entry criteria in their offer letter.
Students must be qualified dental nurses and registered with the General Dental Council.
Qualification via NVQ 3 or NEBDN National Certificate or hospital based equivalent
All applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance
The candidate would also be expected to be supported by a suitably qualified work-based mentor who must: