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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR1241 Introduction to Clinical Skills and Practice

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Randa Jaradat

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry Requirements for MChD/BChD Dental Surgery, BSc Oral Science 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, the first in the ‘Clinical Practice’ thread, provides an introduction to the principles of practice needed to provide safe dental treatment in the clinical environment. Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, small group teaching, clinical experience within clinical skills environments, clinical observation and early contact with patients with close supervision. Content of the module relates to the skills and knowledge needed to safely work in the clinical environment as a student dentist. Clinical development will be demonstrated through completion of a Clinical Portfolio, supported by feedback from staff and peers.The module will introduce you to reflective clinical practice which will continue to be developed through subsequent years of the programme and prepare you for lifelong learning as a dental professional.Elements of this module will be delivered alongside the Dental Hygiene and Therapy students continuing the theme of shared learning across year 1.


This is the first module in the five year clinical practice thread.
The objectives are to provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience to allow them to practise safely in a clinical environment as a member of the dental team. This module will allow the students to apply to clinical practice, the principles that derive from the biomedical and behavioural sciences delivered through the co-requisite year 1 modules.
The module objectives comprise the themes of:
• Assessment of patients
• Clinical operative management
• Prevention
• Clinical Professionalism
• Reflection
These themes are developed throughout the programme within the Clinical Practice (CP) 2-5 modules.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the students will be able to:
Assessment of patients:
Demonstrate an awareness of the processes involved in a basic oral assessment under direction.

Clinical operative management:
Demonstrate through simulation and clinical experience a working knowledge of professional requirements and basic skills required to create a safe clinical working environment.

Demonstrate awareness of risk factors for common dental diseases and practice basic, general, planned preventive care to adults under direction

Clinical Professionalism:
Recognise and demonstrate the core principles of professionalism including team-working, communication, legal and ethics and leadership in the clinical environment

Appreciate the role of reflection on their own continuing clinical and professional development and be able to practise basic reflective skills

Skills outcomes
Practising safely in the clinical environment under close supervision.
Communication with patients and the dental team.
Early clinical skills within the role of a dentist.


Assessment of patients
- Introduction to history taking and basic dental charting
- Periodontal indices including BPE
- Medical conditions relevant to dentistry
- Introduction to oral anatomy and pathology

Clinical operative management
- Safety of the clinical environment: including cross-infection control, safe instrument and sharps management, health and safety policy, reporting of incidents
- First Aid Training
- NHS Trust mandatory training
- Digitally simulated restorative skills (on Simodonts)
- Non-surgical management of periodontal disease (Clinical skills)
- An introduction to:
- Provisional restorations and re-cementing crowns
- Rubber dam placement and tooth isolation
- Management of dentine hypersensitivity
- Fissure sealants
- Local anaesthesia
- Awareness of risk factors for periodontal disease, dental caries and non-carious tooth tissue loss.
- Introduction to oral health education and motivation

Clinical Professionalism
- Self-awareness and responsible clinical practice within own limitations.
- Awareness of the roles of members of the dental team
- Recognition of the role of communication in dentistry and in interpersonal interactions.
- Recognise the importance and apply the core principles of confidentiality, consent, raising concerns and acting without discrimination against individuals or groups.
- Acting ethically with honesty, integrity, responsibility and respect for others.
- taking responsibility for and acting to raise concerns about own or others health, behaviour or professional performance

- An introduction to:
- How to use feedback positively.
- Recognise ‘in-action’ and ‘on-action’ reflection in clinical and professional practice.
- Understand the value and purpose of reflection and action planning.

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 Practice53.0015.00
Clinical Practice41.506.00
Clinical Practice23.006.00
Clinical Practice17.007.00
Clinical Practice13.003.00
Clinical Practice12.002.00
Clinical Practice11.001.00
Computer Simulated Practical Techniques241.0024.00
Independent online learning hours26.00
Private study hours55.50
Total Contact hours118.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Independent online learning
• Completion of online learning related to the module accessed via the VLE or NHS Trust training interface

Private study
• Preparing for practical and clinical sessions
• Pre- and post-session reading as recommended by academic staff
• Completion of the Clinical Portfolio

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There are a number of monitoring and feedback opportunities throughout the module:
Individual feedback is provided at each clinical skills and clinical practice session.
Engagement with the haptic exercises is self-directed and monitored.
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.
Tutor facilitated peer review of the Clinical Portfolio will take place in group sessions.

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
In-course AssessmentProfessionalism in line with General Dental Council, Preparing for Practice, outcomes for registration0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

This module is grading mode W and as such is pass/fail. Students will need to have successfully completed the Clinical Portfolio and to have demonstrated an appropriate level of professionalism in order to pass the module. The Clinical Portfolio comprises of: 1) Clinical passport: o Occupational Health Clearance o Induction and mandatory training as required by the NHS Trust o Local training (e.g. electronic patient record systems training) o Key clinical skills for tutor signoff These elements enable access to the clinic, patients and thus clinical practice. 2) Reflective elements based on clinical observations and experience There will be adequate opportunity for all students to achieve these requirements within the academic year and hence there will not be opportunity for resit unless there is acceptance of mitigation. Professionalism will be assessed in line with General Dental Council “Preparing for Practice” outcomes for registration. It is expected that students will adhere to the core principles of professionalism as evidenced by: o appropriate attendance (in accordance with School Policy) o engagement with Occupational Health processes o absence of negative reports related to professionalism o timely completion of mandatory requirements o taking responsibility for and acting to raise concerns about own or others health, behaviour or professional performance. As described in “Standards for the Dental Team, Principle 8 (GDC 2013)”. The above elements are non-compensatable. Deadlines for completion of clinical passport elements will be set. Students are unable to undertake clinical activities without completion of clinical passport components. Issues relating to professionalism will be directed to the Clinical Progress Committee for consideration. Students who have failed to meet attendance requirements will be reviewed as per School policy and referred to the Clinical Progress Committee. The Clinical Progress Committee meets regularly (termly) to: • Review the progress of all students in relation to their clinical progressional requirements, identifying those who are not progressing satisfactorily. • Consider students referred due to concerns regarding progress and / or professionalism. The Clinical Progress Committee will make recommendations to the School. Depending on the seriousness of the concern action will range from encouraging reflection and remediation to module failure.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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


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