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Unit information: Integrated Clinical Practice - Year 3 in 2021/22

Unit name Integrated Clinical Practice - Year 3
Unit code ORDS30011
Credit points 60
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Ms. Julie Weeks
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Subject areas:

  1. Comprehensive oral care
  2. Preventive Dentistry
  3. Paediatric Dentistry
  4. Special Care Dentistry
  5. Dental Implantology
  6. Dental Radiology/radiographic diagnostic interpretation


This unit provides the students with the knowledge, skills and experience to practise as a safe beginner within the permitted range of practical procedures of a Dental Hygienist/Therapist as specified by the General Dental Council. Students gain a valuable learning experiences from their hospital, outreach and community based training, providing the opportunity to develop all their acquired skills with a more comprehensive patient base. This includes the treatment and management of the medically compromised individuals, patients with disabilities and paediatric patients.

Students will develop their skills through further reflective practice of their clinical skills, and via the application of knowledge obtained from clinical practice.

To develop sound team working and development of leadership skills with a holistic approach to dental clinical management.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. To enable students to broaden their clinical experience in dealing with a variety of patients from different social and, cultural and ethnic backgrounds who present with a range of medical histories and individual needs
  2. To provide comprehensive dental care for patients who are medically compromised and those patients with physical or learning disabilities, mental health problems and those who require domiciliary care
  3. Have knowledge of the principles and problems involved in the provision of domiciliary dental care and the role of the dental hygienist and dental therapist within this environment
  4. To allow the student to gain clinical experiences from a variety of patient groups based in outreach settings, with a strong emphasis on paediatric care and treatment of the older adult
  5. To enable the students with the opportunity to demonstrate competency in the range of duties permitted by the General Dental Council to be undertaken by Dental Hygienists and Therapists
  6. Be competent at managing medically compromised patients and have an understanding of the limitations of their clinical role
  7. Be competent in the preventive care of dental implant-supported structures and familiar with implant-retained crowns, bridges and removable prostheses
  8. To assess and manage caries and tooth-wear in all patients
  9. Be competent in the comprehensive dental management of the child patient and have knowledge of the specific problems associated with the restoration of teeth in the child patient
  10. Be competent at completing a range of procedures in restorative dentistry in permanent and primary dentition, pulpotomies on primary teeth, and placement of pre-formed metal crowns on primary teeth
  11. To prescribe, take and analyse diagnostic radiographs within scope of practice
  12. Have knowledge of the principles of treatment planning for adults and children and the reasons for referral to secondary care
  13. To be able to comprehensively explain the risks, indications and complications of dental extractions
  14. Be familiar with the management of trauma in the primary and permanent dentition and a knowledge of the removal of visible primary tooth roots
  15. Be competent at interpreting complex treatment plans in restorative dentistry; develop skills in providing comprehensive preventive and restorative oral care.
  16. To further develop a rounded professional who will work well as part of a dental team always putting the interests of patients first at all times
  17. Have an understanding of the pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods of managing the anxious patient
  18. Be competent at managing fear and anxiety with behavioural techniques and empathise with a patient in stressful situations
  19. Be competent at communicating with patients, their families and carers, other members of the dental team and other health care professionals and organisation

Teaching Information

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Clinical Practice (Work based learning)
  • Placement (SBCH & CBT)
  • Continuous Clinical Assessment logbook/portfolio (CCA) including Reflective Practice

Assessment Information

Summative assessment

There are two parts to the unit summative assessment, both of which must be passed.

1. Case presentation of a completed restorative patient treatment. (50% of unit total)

The student will present an adult patient (not present) for whom they have carried out a comprehensive treatment plan. This will include discussing pre and post intra oral clinical photographs, associated radiographs and dental indices. The student will then participate in a face to face discussion with two examiners who will examine the student in their understanding of the treatment provided, alternative treatment options and ongoing patient management.

2. Unseen patient case scenario (50% of unit total)

Students will be assessed on an unseen adult patient in a structured oral examination. Students will be required to carry out tasks e.g. interpret detailed dental charts, interpret a diet diary, interpret radiographs, discuss the proposed treatment plan or alternatives and discuss the patient management.

Formative assessment

Students are supported in their learning by a variety of directed formative assessments with which they must engage within this unit. Overall performance will be reviewed and discussed at the School Progress committee at regular meetings x 1 per term.

Marks obtained in formative assessments above do not contribute to the overall unit mark.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.