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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR5051M Clinical Practice 5

50 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Dr Brian Nattress

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


DSUR3301Clinical Medical Sciences 1
DSUR3310Complex Adult Dentistry
DSUR3330Child Centred Dentistry 2
DSUR5050MClinical Practice 4


DSUR3420Anxiety Management and Sedation
DSUR3430Clinical Medical Sciences 2
DSUR5052MNew Horizons in Dentistry
DSUR5450MPersonal and Professional Development 5 - Preparing for the

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- communicate at all levels with patients, colleagues, the dental team and other health care professionals in a timely and effective manner;
- be prepared to be the leader of the dental team and be able to delegate duties and responsibility effectively;
- gain and maintain patient trust and respect as a health care professional;
- maintain patient confidentiality and data protection, keeping accurate contemporaneous records of consultation and treatment
- formulate integrated treatment plans according to individual need;
- provide oral care to the highest possible standards in the context of general health;
- assimilate and apply all the knowledge gained in the previous four years of the clinical programme towards independent, reflective clinical practice;
- understand the limits of their own situation, the need for continuing professional development and how they will approach their future clinical practice;
- critically analyse their work as a dentist and approach to it in a scientific, evidence-based way;
- Evaluate community-based preventive measures, including social and cultural effects;
- analyse clinical data in relation to the community's oral health;
- understand and evaluate strategies in relation to intervention and minimally invasive dentistry;
- recognise the effects of stress, uncertainty and personal setback upon their clinical career and the responsibility they owe to declare any issues that might pertain to it;
- understand the role of sedation in clinical practice and have had opportunity to apply it, as required;
- integrate the various aspects of clinical practice into a meaningful whole, so that they are able to provide a comprehensive approach to oral care.
- Be responsible for the practise of safe dental radiology in dental practice.
- Apply the current IRMER guidelines- Radiology update
- Understand the development of new imaging systems and apply these to dentistry.
- Know how to apply child protection guidelines
- Maintain and be able to implement medical emergencies guidelines


This culmination of undergraduate clinical practice and outreach is concerned with the development of the individual, independent, reflective practitioner who is capable of unsupervised, holistic dental practice in the primary dental care setting.

- Clinical experience during year 5 will afford opportunities for integrated care, as well as specialist input (e.g. in oral medicine and oral pathology).
- As in year 4, some of the clinical experience will be gained off-site in purpose-built clinical facilities and practices.
- It is expected that development of the complex skills required of the graduate will be achieved with less direct intervention by supervisory staff and with the student taking progressively more responsibility for decisions and action.
- Competence must be demonstrated in all prescribed areas before graduation (and subsequent registration with the General Dental Council).
-Practical experience of providing stabilisation splint
- Expected to have gained experience of consultant clinics
- Undertake Medical Emergencies training

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Clinical Practice00.00325.00
Private study hours175.00
Total Contact hours325.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)500.00

Private study

All hours for Clinical practice 5 have been down-rated by a factor of 2

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- One-to-one contact between clinical tutor, student and patient (every clinical session)
- Involvement in clinical tutorials
- Full attendance at clinics
- Engagement in teamwork activities.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioOne long case, 2 short cases (40% Combined); one paeds case (10%)50.00
PracticalContinuous Clinical Assessment (formative & progressional sign off from tutor)0.00
PracticalMedical Emergencies Simulation Training Session (progressional)0.00
Computer ExerciseRelevant online NHS assessments0.00
PracticalRadiography competency - progressional0.00
PresentationCase presentation - formative0.00
PracticalConstruction of a splint (formative)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Daily assessment of performance (knowledge, skills, professional behaviours) formative, with progression meeting with tutor at end. Radiography competency - Intra-oral and panoramic Case presentation on case seen in consultant clinics

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 00 mins30.00
Practical Exam / OSCE1 hr 00 mins20.00
..0 hr 0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

EX1 = Scenario Papers (not compensatable with other elements) PRA1 = Diagnostic exam (unseen) EX2 = IRMER progressional exam Scenario papers - online time limited assessment with a duration of 48 hours. Unseen cases may be adapted to online. Restorative and Paediatric cases - the format of these assessments may be subject to change as a result of restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic but the learning outcomes will remain unchanged.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:21:04


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