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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR1146 Developing Clinical Practice 1

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Suzanne Riordan

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry Requirements for BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Therapy as outlined in Course Finder


DSUR1127Health and Health Promotion
DSUR1128Intro to the Oral Environment
DSUR1130Anxiety and Pain Management
DSUR1230Oral Diseases, Defence and Repair
DSUR1250Personal and Professional Development 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces students to the safe treatment of patients under close supervision in the clinical environment. Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, small group teaching, clinical experience in the clinical skills environment, clinical observation and treatment of patients. The content of the module will relate to the skills and knowledge expected of a dental hygienist, while clinical development will be demonstrated through completion of a reflective clinical log, supported by feedback from staff and peers.The module will introduce the students to reflective clinical practice which will continue to be developed through subsequent years of the programme and prepare the students for lifelong learning as a dental professional.Elements of this module will be delivered alongside the Dental Surgery students continuing the theme of shared learning across year 1.


To provide the knowledge, skills and experience to allow the student to practise safely in a clinical environment as a member of the dental team. This module will allow the student to apply to clinical practice, the principles that derive from the biomedical and behavioural sciences delivered through the other year 1 modules.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate through simulation the range of skills and through clinical experience a working knowledge of practical and professional requirements to practise as a dental hygienist under close supervision.
2. Recognise common abnormalities of the oral cavity and provide relevant preventative advice.
3. Demonstrate basic knowledge of medical conditions relevant to the practice of dentistry.

Skills outcomes
Safe practise in the clinical environment under close supervision.
Communication with patients and the dental team.
Clinical skills within the role of a dental hygienist.


First Aid Training
NHS Trust mandatory training
Medical conditions relevant to dentistry
Introduction to oral anatomy and pathology
Oral health education and motivation
Introduction to consent and confidentiality
Digitally simulated restorative skills
Management of patients within the remit of a dental hygienist
Clinical skills:
• Safe working in the clinical environment
• History taking and charting
• Non-surgical management of periodontal disease
• Provisional restorations and re-cementing crowns
• Rubber dam placement and tooth isolation
• Management of dentine hypersensitivity
• Fissure sealants
• Local analgesia

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 Sessions611.0061.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours96.00
Total Contact hours152.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)268.00

Private study

Independent online learning
• Completion of online learning related to module posted on VLE including mandatory training
Private study
• Preparing for practical and clinical sessions
• Pre- and post-session reading as recommended by academic staff
• Preparation of coursework
• Completion of Reflective Log

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Individual verbal and/or written feedback will be provided at each supervised clinical and simulation session.
The NHS Electronic Patient Record records clinical experience, student performance and feedback. Students can access this information via their individual log book.
Monitoring and feedback on progress will take place during tutorials. These sessions will gauge progress with the student cohort and individual students allowing provision of appropriate support.
Patient evaluation/feedback collected following clinical sessions contribute to the student’s reflective log and are discussed with the individual student.
Reflective log will be reviewed periodically with the student during the module.
Student progress will be reviewed and appropriately managed through the School’s Student Progress/Clinical Progress Committee structure.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2021


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