Module Catalogue 2022/23

MCD8101 : Foundation Clinical Skills in Restorative Dentistry

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Giles McCracken
  • Lecturer: Professor John Whitworth, Dr Richard Holliday
  • Owning School: Dental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
ECTS Credits: 0.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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The aim of this clinical training module is to equip students with the skills, applied knowledge and understanding to deliver high quality fundamental restorative dental care to patients to underpin their progression in years 2 and 3 to specialist level Endodontic/Periodontic/Prosthodontic clinical care to patients.

MCD8101 is a clinical training module that accompanies and builds on the simulator-based clinical training module (MCD8100) and academic modules (MCD8000, MCD8001) in semester 1 of year 1 of the MClinDent Programmes.

This clinical training module is designed for students to consolidate and build on their fundamental restorative clinical skills prior to progression to two specialty specific clinical training modules (Endodontics – MCD8102/5, Periodontics – MCD8013/6, Prosthodontics – MCD8104/7) in the second and third years of the MClinDent programme. Theoretical skills that are within the academic modules in year 1 are put into clinical practice and refined in these clinical modules. The clinical training modules are not credit bearing but have an associated minimum expected number of hours of clinical activity in each year. An annual review of competence progression (ARCP) will monitor and judge sufficient progress by students in demonstrating clinical outcomes over years1, 2 and 3 of this programme.

Students will develop the skills listed through a mixture of clinical sessions, case-review sessions and simulated training (mannequin and cadaveric).

Outline Of Syllabus

The 600-hour MCD8101 clinical training module is delivered in continuity with MCD8102/5 or MCD8103/6 or MCD8104/7, with students delivering clinical care to patients as required. Specifically related to this module the following areas, through clinical experience (direct patient management, observations), personal reflection and case review sessions aim to develop knowledge and understanding of:

- fundamental restorative dentistry underpinning their chosen specialty of endodontics/periodontics/prosthodontics.

- clinical skills required for specialist practice in fundamental restorative dentistry with an emphasis on practical skills, treatment planning, disease prevention, and provision of specialist care in either primary or secondary care settings.

- technical and clinical skills in fundamental restorative dentistry to undertake treatment planning, disease prevention, and provision of specialist care in either primary or secondary care settings.

- attitudes necessary for the achievement and delivery fundamental restorative care, in relation to the oral health needs of populations, the needs of patients under treatment and to his or her own personal development.

- skills to collect relevant clinical information (biological, technical, psychological, social) from patients’ history, examination and special tests and to integrate and analyse it to identify the nature of their problem, where necessary using differential and provisional lists, with further investigation and analysis to make a definitive diagnosis of the problem(s).

- available and emerging treatment options in order to discuss with patients and make an appropriate choice (if necessary, in conjunction with other specialists) and to formulate an overall integrated plan of management for each patient.

- skills to systematically plan the management of a clinical problem and those necessary to deliver the management.

- skills to communicate effectively and professionally with referring clinicians, in order to coordinate the efficient delivery of care.

- research supporting fundamental restorative dental care to critically assess classical or new research work.

- their ability and motivation to maintain the responsibilities related to continuing professional development and using a life-long learning philosophy.

- skills to practice the management of clinic governance issues.

- attitudes and ethical and societal issues and the place of their speciality in the overall healthcare spectrum.

- skills maintaining the standards of practice in dentistry as determined by the GDC.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Academic modules cover the required knowledge outcomes. Demonstration of applied knowledge will be through delivery and defence of clinical care to patients.

On successful completion of this module students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the:

1. Anatomy and physiology of the oral and peri-oral tissues

2. Aetiology pathobiology and clinical presentation of diseases of the oral and peri-oral tissues

3. General and clinical epidemiology of oral diseases

4. Biomaterial science relevant to fundamental restorative dentistry

5. Impact of systemic diseases on oral tissues and of oral disease on systemic health

6. Behavioural, clinical and technical procedures involved in the treatment of patients requiring fundamental restorative dental care

7. Communication with patients and other professionals and in general educational and professional settings

8. Evidence supporting fundamental restorative dentistry of their ability to access, assess and apply research

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will demonstrate application of knowledge and understanding of:

1. Evidence bases supporting fundamental restorative care to patients.

2. Diagnosis, devising treatment plan and how to effectively communicate information to patients with fundamental restorative care needs and conditions

3. Deliver effective specialist level prosthodontic interventions

4. The delivery effective fundamental restorative care interventions to patients

5. The interface with services providing dental implants and working effectively with the surgical implant team.

6. Professional judgements to implement clinical solutions in response to clinical problems by developing an evidence based treatment plan and taking an holistic approach to solving problems and designing treatment plans

7. Scientific evidence such as guidelines using a variety of information sources in the provision of fundamental restorative dentistry

8. The scope and limitations of the various techniques used in fundamental restorative care balancing the risks and cost benefits of treatment demonstrating self-direction and autonomy

9. An integrated insight into how the development and impact of their knowledge and skills is of value and relevance to the workplace

10. Current evidence in fundamental restorative care and appreciate how research activity can inform practice

11. Their ability to sustain a critical argument in writing and through oral presentations

12. Their ability to hypothesis-set and the design of suitable projects to address questions relating to the practice of fundamental restorative care of patients

On successful completion of this module students will demonstrate clinical skills to:

13. Perform all appropriate clinical examinations proficiently, collecting biological, psychological and social information needed to evaluate the oral and related medical conditions for all patients

14. Provide clinical care to the highest ethical and technical standards in line with current knowledge and with the full and valid consent of patients

15. Confirm clinical proficiency in the delivery of preventive and interventional care as part of a holistic, comprehensive treatment plan

16. Determine and manage behavioural and related social factors which affect oral health

17. Use clinical information to implement strategies that facilitate the delivery of oral health

18. Co-ordinate overall treatment and care of patients and appreciate when it is appropriate to refer to a specialist in another area or a dental care professional

19. Confirm the communication skills necessary to support patients and to translate changes in clinical practice informed by clinical audit and research to the commissioners of oral healthcare through critical analyses of published data from clinical and laboratory-based studies

20. Support their development as an effective and efficient leader of a multi professional team

21. Undertake audit, peer review and continuing professional development guiding the learning of others and learn independently in familiar and unfamiliar situations with open-mindedness and in a spirit of critical enquiry

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadClinical Training6001:00600:00PiP placement in specialty clinics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching on this clinical training module will be delivered as clinical sessions and associated preparation, reflection, work-based assessments and case-based presentation and review.

This maps to IKOs 1-8 and ISOs 1-21.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio3M100Zero weighted pass/fail Portfolio of clinical evidence.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Observ of prof pract2MClinical activity will be recorded to capture reflection and feedback on development of skills in a clinical portfolio.
Observ of prof pract3MClinical activity will be recorded to capture reflection and feedback on development of skills in a clinical portfolio.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This clinical training module is non-credit bearing, however it is a compulsory part of the programme which must be passed. Students must satisfactorily complete the required clinical hours and requirements of the portfolio assessment to pass the module.

The Portfolio assessment in this programme is designed to be in line with NHS Speciality Training processes as published by COPDEND. Students will map their clinical experience, reflection, work based assessment, multi-source feedback to demonstrate where learning outcomes have been achieved. This mapping will be reviewed at the ARCP (Annual Review of Competency Progression) to determine satisfactory progression through these outcomes prior to progression onto MCD8102/3/4 and MCD8105/6/7.

At the end of the first year students will be expected to have achieved all the outcomes in MCD8101. In order to pass the module students must successfully complete a minimum amount of clinical hours, meet the required standard of clinical training and achieve satisfactory demonstration of simulator-based skills as judged by the ARCP clinical specialty panel based on the portfolio evidence presented.

Students will be formatively assessed at every patient event with feedback and grades being discussed after the clinical event and grades recorded in iDentity that are aligned to grading descriptors held in the clinical handbook.

Students who fail the module will not be offered a resit opportunity and will be unable to continue their clinical training.

Further detail is provided in the programme regulations and handbook.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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