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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR5450M Personal and Professional Development 5 - Preparing for the World of Work

20 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Rob Letton

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
DSUR5051MClinical Practice 5
DSUR5053MFinal Year Project

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The final course on Personal and Professional Development (Preparing for the World of Work) will address issues that a new graduate will face in their first role in general dental practice. It builds upon the content of the previous PPD modules with a particular focus on ethical and legal issues together with an overview of business,managerial and regulatory factors relevant to general dental practice.Legal and ethical issues covered include equility, diversity, consent, confidentiality, record keeping, complaints handling and the ethics of resource allocation, with a particular emphasis on NHS dentistry and general dental practice. The implications for dental practice of various items of legislation will be outlined, including the Equality Act and the Mental Capacity Act.The role, structure and function of the General Dental Council will be covered and the responsibilities of a registrant highlighted, including continued professional development.The current structure of NHS dentistry will be discussed with an emphasis on general dental practice. Delivery of dental services by NHS, corporate and private dental practices will be covered. Students will be introduced to relevant business and managerial skills required in general dental practice.Careers in dentistry will be discussed with a particular emphasis on the Dental Foundation Training Scheme. Students will have an opportunity to develop their interview skills and be encouraged to complete a living CV, using Leeds For Life as a resource, in readiness for future employment.


The contents of this module relate to the following year 5 learning outcomes:
- take responsibility for the dental team;
- demonstrate familiarity with the legal and ethical responsibilities of registered dental practitioners;
- demonstrate independent and reflective learning and the ability to work in a way which will foster continuing professional development;
- take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and critically engage in the development of professional/ disciplinary boundaries and norms.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this course students will:
- obtain valid, informed and legal consent from patients;
- understand the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act and evaluate its implications for consent to treatment;
- be fluent in their appreciation of the functions of the General Dental Council;
- understand and apply ethical guidance as given in the General Dental Council's documents;
- synthesise the GDC regulations with other guidance for practice procedures including complaints handling;
- demonstrate skill in the decision-making process regarding ethical issues;
- relate their knowledge of the current organisation of dental services in U.K;
- be able to critically discuss the economic basis of thecurrent practice of NHS dentistry -specifically the ethics of resource allocation;
- to be able to apply the law relating to equality and diversity issues affecting patients and employment.
- understand the structure of the Dental Foundation Training Scheme.
- understand the variety of careers that exist in dentistry.
- demonstrate an understanding of basic business and management skills;
- take responsibility for the dental team;
- manage their own work and that of others effectively;
- be able to modify communication skills appropriately in difficult situations;
- have produced a curriculum vitae and developed their interview skills.


- NHS and private complaints procedures, the role of the GDP, GDC and the law.
- Advice on the practicalities of dealing with complaints with emphasis on the role of communication skills.
-Tutorials with the ethics team on Equality.
- Equality Legislation for the Four Nations affecting dental practice (employment).
- Mental capacity act training.
- The ethics and nature of resource allocation in NHS dentistry.
- Production of a curriculum vitae

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
On-line Learning32.006.00
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours112.00
Total Contact hours38.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for tutorials with the ethics team on Equality.
- Dental Protection Risk assessment/management modules.
- GDC guidance documents.

- Preparation for workshops on the business of dentistry and the ethics of resource allocation in dentistry.
- Production of CV.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Completion of the online ethics tutorial.
Attendance at lectures, workshops and seminars.
One 1,500 word assignment on an aspect of the GDC guidance booklets

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
Online AssessmentOnline Ethics tutorials (progressional)40.00
AssignmentWritten assignment (GDC)60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Coursework elements are compensatable

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 06/10/2021


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