MSc Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry)

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Core CPD for the Dental Practitioner

Course unit fact file
Unit code DENT61270
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Division of Dentistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This is a 15 credit module employing a combination of online (webinar) and face to face teaching. It will provide students with key material to enable them to manage medical emergencies and an advanced level of medical emergency training equivalent to Intermediate Life Support (ILS). They will have an appropriate level of understanding in obtaining consent for common procedures within the scope of general dental practice and also be competent in complaints handling within the NHS and have the competency to prescribe, justify and report on radiological investigations. They will also develop skills in the diagnosis of oral cancer and the appropriate referral of these patients for specialist investigation and treatment.
Students will be trained in universal cross infection control to a high level and be provided with key information regarding disinfection and decontamination in the dental environment.
Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the principles of and delivery of IV and inhalational sedation in conjunction with the dental team. 
Further understanding will be obtained in Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.


At the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of core CPD topics “highly recommended” by the General Dental Council – the professional body responsible for dental practitioners. These include –
  • Competent to manage common medical emergencies expected in dental practice
  • Understand the importance of cross infection control 
  • Understand the pathways of infection related to dental practice
  • Competent in attaining satisfactory levels of cross infection control
  • Understand the mechanisms, pathways and regulations relating to disinfection and decontamination
  • Understanding of the causes of patient complaints and the mechanisms available to be able to manage them appropriately and in line with accepted UK standards
  • Competent in obtaining valid consent for procedures directly related to the scope of practice within general dental practice
  • Competent in the early diagnosis and appropriate referral of patients with oral cancer
  • Understanding of the principles of oral radiology and the ability to prescribe, justify and report on oral radiographs
  • Understanding of the principles of inhalational and intra-venous sedation in the adult patients
  • Competent to provide safe and effective inhalational and IV sedation in conjunction with the dental team
  • Understand the legal and technical issues in dentistry
  • Understanding the importance of Safeguarding in children and young people 
  • Understanding the importance of Safeguarding in vulnerable adults

Teaching and learning methods

The sedation module will be delivered as face to face teaching over two days. 
Cross infection control will be provided via a seminar and face to face teaching.
Medical emergencies will be delivered as a 1 day intensive course.
Immediate Life Support will be delivered as a 1 day intensive course.
Oral radiology, oral cancer, complaints procedures, legal and technical issues in dentistry, disinfection and decontamination and all other GDC mandatory/”highly recommended” CPD teaching will be delivered via face to face didactic teaching or webinar based lectures delivered on an on-line platform.

Knowledge and understanding

Students will be able to:
  • Recognise a medical emergency
  • Recognise the early signs of oral cancer
  • Understand risk factors in the development of oral cancer
  • Refer a patient with suspected oral cancer for appropriate investigation and management in a timely manner
  • Prescribe appropriate radiological investigations 
  • Justify radiology requests appropriately
  • Understand the principles of cross infection control
  • Understand the principles of disinfection and decontamination in the dental environment
  • Understand the principles of IV and inhalational sedation in the adult patient 
  • Develop an understanding of legal and technical issues in relation to dentistry
  • Understand the process of valid consent 
  • Understand the principles of Safeguarding in children, young adults and vulnerable adults

Intellectual skills

Students will be able to:
  • Describe the indications/contraindications, equipment, safety features, documentation, complications, alternatives and standards for conscious sedation 
  • Describe the features and steps involved in appropriate cross infection control including PPE
  • Describe the NHS complaints procedure
  • Describe risk factors for oral cancer
  • Describe features of suspicious oral lesions
  • Describe premalignant lesions and their features
  • Discuss examples of adequate justification for oral radiological investigations
  • Discuss the pathways of potential infections and principles of disinfection and decontamination in the dental environment
  • Describe and discuss guidance on and management of legal issues in dentistry
  • Discuss the management of various medical emergencies in dentistry

Practical skills

Students will be able to:
  • Sedate and dentally treat an adult patient using IV and inhalational sedation techniques
  • Employ appropriate cross infection and PPE techniques
  • Manage a medical emergency appropriately including the administration of emergency drugs and the use of a defibrillator

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students will develop the following skills:
  • Time management, working to deadlines, using initiative when seeking information
  • Use of information technology and appropriate related software to a high standard 
  • Excellent contemporaneous record keeping skills

Assessment methods

2 x written semi-structured examinations - all components of CDP (40% each)

Practical assessment on cross-infection control (pass/fail)

Practical teaching and assessment on medical emergencies and ILS (pass/fail)

2 x student-led scenario based assessments (20%)

Feedback methods

Feedback on the written examinations and scenario-based assessments will be provided.

Immediate feedback will be given on the practical assessments.

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Julian Yates Unit coordinator

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