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Unit information: Personal and Professional Development - Year 2 in 2020/21

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Unit name Personal and Professional Development - Year 2
Unit code ORDS20027
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
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

Year 2:

Subject areas:

  1. Professional Development
  2. Personal Development (including Reflective Practice)
  3. Team working
  4. Psychological and sociological factors contributing to poor oral health


  • To build and develop Personal and Professional Development from PPD1 with a focus on leadership and management
  • To demonstrate dental team working, instilling collaborative practice within the whole dental team.
  • To understand the oral health inequalities that contribute to the outcomes of dental treatment
  • To further develop reflective practice and feedback

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and demonstrate the attributes of professional attitudes and behaviour in all environments and media
  2. Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills that are effective in initiating an oral health care consultation
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate risk appropriately and also to apply suitable interpersonal skills in the breaking of difficult news and dealing with complaints
  4. Recognise the importance of the duty of candour and effective communication with patients when things go wrong, knowing how and where to report any patient safety issues which arise
  5. Explain, evaluate and apply principles of an evidence-based approach to learning, clinical and professional practice and decision making
  6. Continue to develop reflective practice and understand its contribution to Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  7. Explain the impact of medical and psychological conditions in the patient

Teaching Information

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Small group Seminars
  • Clinical Practice (Work based learning)
  • Placement (CBT)
  • Guided Independent study
  • Continuous Clinical Assessment logbook/portfolio (CCA) including Reflective Practice

Teaching will use a blended learning approach delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students will be expected to engage with all learning.

Assessment Information

Summative assessment

1. Written assignment (100% of unit total)

Students will be required to submit a written assignment of 1500 - 2000 words on a PPD topic as assigned.

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.

1. Continuous Clinical Assessment through CAFS e-portfolio

Assessment of professionalism and student reflection for each patient seen, graded with feedback from staff and patients.

2. Clinical Communication Scenarios

Students must demonstrate a satisfactory performance in communication and professionalism in a number of simulated clinical scenarios.

3. Personal Development Planning (PDP)

Students must demonstrate satisfactory engagement with the PDP process through the compilation of a Personal Development Portfolio and meetings with Personal Tutors.

Marks obtained in formative assessments above do not contribute to the overall unit mark but failure to complete by the stated end of term deadlines will be raised at the Progress Committee, and may be a barrier to progression.

Reading and References

Ethics and Law for the Dental Team: Brennan M, Oliver R, Harvey B, Jones G, Knutsford, Pastest, (2006)

ISBN: 978-1904627418

Sociology and psychology for the Dental Team: Scambler S, Scott S, Asimakopoulou K, Cambridge (2016)

ISBN: 9780745654331

Sociology as Applied to Medicine: Scambler, G. (ed.) 7th edition Edinburgh: Saunders Elsevier (2018)

ISBN: 978-1137577375

Essential Dental Public Health; Daly B, Watt R, Batchelor P, Treasure E: OUP (2013)

ISBN: 978-0199679379

Patel M and Patel N. Dental Public Health: A Primer. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. (2006)

Delivering Better Oral Health - updated November 2014

General Dental Council (GDC) Standards for the Dental Team - Effective from 30 September 2013

GDC Scope of Practice – September 2013.

Direct Access Guidance

Fabiano, J.A., Waldrop, D.P., Nochajski, T.H., Davis, E.L. Goldberg, L.J., (2005) Journal of Dental Education 69(4) 419-433

Sabbah, W., Tsakos, G., Chandola, T., Sheiham, A., Watt, R.G. (2007) J Dent Res. 2007 Oct;86(10):992-6.