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Unit information: Clinical Placement III in 2015/16

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Unit name Clinical Placement III
Unit code DENT20020
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Miss. Sarah Bain
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This module amalgamates and develops the theoretical and operative skills taught in the paediatric module with clinical treatment and management sessions of children at Bristol Dental Hospital and in outreach clinics.

Paediatric dentistry is concerned with the promotion and maintenance of oral health for children. In paediatric dentistry student dental hygenists should care for a number of children in order to assess the efficacy of preventative measures and their behaviour management.

Intended learning outcomes

Student dental hygienists should be made aware of the successes and limitations of preventive dentistry and the potential for further progress. The ethos of preventive dentistry should prevail in every clinical department, so that new preventive dentistry techniques are taught to students as they become available. Students should be conversant with the practice of preventive care, including oral health education and oral health promotion. Students should recognise the increasing evidence-based approach to treatment. The student should appreciate the need to collaborate in prevention, treatment and management of disease with other healthcare professionals and with patients themselves.

Teaching details


Clinical tutoring

Independent study

Revision and Assessment

Continuous reporting and feedback from clinical sessions

Assessment Details

Assessment is formative for this unit, with regular written assessments and also with clinical supervision of students treating patients. Each clinical procedure carried out by the student is graded and feedback is given by staff.

Where there is concern for a students’ development, students will be given further tutorials and supervision on manikin heads.

Patient availability is reliant on access to outreach settings in Bristol and Somerset Stroud and a patient base from Bristol Dental Hospital. The course is also structured to utilise these facilities when dental students are on annual leave to maximise patient availability and to provide continuity of care for these patients.

There are set clinical competencies which are laid down by the General Dental Council. Students must complete these competencies in order to be put through to 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 board

Reading and References

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

• A Manual of Paediatric Dentistry – 4th Edition Andlaw/Rock ISBN: 04430 45100

• Paediatric Dentistry (Self Assessment Picture Tests) Shaw ISBN: 07234 09846