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Unit information: Clinical Placement I in 2015/16

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Unit name Clinical Placement I
Unit code DENT10007
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Miss. Sarah Bain
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

To introduce and develop the students clinical skills and patient management at Bristol Dental Hospital. Students will begin to develop their skills in the assessment and monitoring of disease and non surgical periodontal therapy. Students will be familiar with the use of IT equipment for both patient information and research purposes. Computer training sessions will be provided by UBHT staff.

Intended Learning Outcomes

• Be competent at providing preventive oral care for the individual patient who presents with periodontal disease

• Be competent at completing a periodontal examination and charting

• Be competent at supragingival and subgingival scaling and root surface debridement using both powered and manual instrumentation and in stain removal

• Have a knowledge of the use of appropriate anti-microbial therapy in the management of plaque related diseases

Teaching Information


Clinical tutoring

Independent study

Revision and Assessment

Assessment Information

Students are formatively assessed and given feedback for each patient that they treat.

There are set clinical competencies set by the General Dental Council, and Students must complete these competencies during their training in order to be put forward for Finals. Clinical competencies are assessed using the clinical assessment criteria in the codes of practice. All staff teaching on the programme receives training in assessment so there is standardisation across the programme.

If a student is performing at a consistently weak level then students will be given further tutorials on manikin heads.

Summative assessments are carried out at the End of Year exam, where students are required to complete a 1 hour practical periodontal task on a patient, followed by a viva on aspects of patient management. This part of the examination is reliable on patient availability; however there is always a reliable patient base to draw from. Aspects of clinical work are also examined in the End of Year written Examination.

Format for end of year examination:

a) 3 written papers each of 2 hours duration. (30 minutes for each question, 4 compulsory questions)

b) Clinical examination 1 hour practical periodontal assessment of deposit removal.

c) 10 minute viva

d) Adult Restorative Case Presentation - (paper only) Pass mark: 50%

All aspects of this examination are cross marked by external examiners. Re-sits for the examination are scheduled for January of the second year. If a student fails one aspect of the exam either written or practical, they only re-sit that particular aspect. If they fail for the second time they must re-sit all parts of the examination. If the student fails to pass this attempt, the school would recommend that the student withdraw from the course. A third attempt at the examination would have to be approved by the Board of Dental Studies.

Reading and References

• Pickards manual of Operative Dentistry Pickard HM 9th edition ISBN:9780199579150

• Medical Problems in Dentistry Scully CMAS, Cawson RA ISBN: 07236 10568