Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dental Practice Management

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is designed to teach the fundamentals of developing and running a successful dental practice. Areas covered include the broader issues of dental practice, Medical Council and local legislation, including patients' rights and confidentiality, data protection, service quality delivery, occupational hazards and the maintenance of a safe working environment. It consists of formal lectures and tutorials. Independent study time is also factored in.

This study-unit brings together all the knowledge acquired in the previous study-units and integrates it with other study-units in the course. It teaches an evidence-based approach to dentistry as a whole.

Study-unit Aims:

During this year the student will acquire further skills to integrate all study-units in the course, building on the knowledge acquired in the previous years. The emphasis of this study-unit is to prepare the dental student to be able to work in a team environment successfully, providing a quality service whilst observing patients' rights.

This study-unit prepares the student on what is involved in setting up his/her own dental practice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Explain how to link clinical practice with preventive and community dentistry.
- Discuss the requirements of setting up, managing and running of a dental practice.
- List the functions of the dental surgeon in a multidisciplinary team.
- Discuss appropriate technology and ergonomics in dental practice.
- Discuss evidence-based practice and continuous education and how this relates to clinical practice.
- Explain how to strive to provide the highest possible quality of care to the patient under all circumstances.
- Discuss the importance of patients rights, particularly with regard to confidentiality, informed consent and patients obligation.
- Describe the hazards of ionising radiation and on the existing regulations relating to their use.
- Discuss the importance of undergoing CPD to ensure that high levels of clinical competence and evidence based knowledge are maintained.
- Explain the regulatory functions of the medical council.
- Discuss the importance of his/her own health in relation to occupational hazards and its impact on the ability to practice as a dentist.
- Explain how audit, accountability and clinical governance influences care.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Set up, manage and run a successful dental practice.
- Manage the practice staff and practice operations.
- Apply basic maintenance of dental equipment and instruments.
- Use appropriate technology and ergonomics in dental practice.
- Integrate prevention within all aspects of dentistry.
- Manage and maintain a safe working environment, working with other members of the dental team with regard to health and safety and clinical risk management.
- Implement the ionising radiation regulations including leading the dental team on radiation protection measures.
- Protect confidential patient data.
- Identify patients expectations,desires and attitudes when planning dental treatment.
- Provide and maintain accurate patient records.
- Establish a patient - dentist relationship that allows the effective delivery of dental treatment.
- Work in a team environment successfully.
- Apply principles of stress management to oneself, to patients and to the dental team as appropriate.
- Prepare a presentation about a project they have completed.
- Deliver a presentation about a project they have completed.
- Discussing a presentation about a project they have completed.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Recommended Reading

Essential Dental Public Health 2nd Edition (May 2013)
Blanaid Daly, Richard Watt, Paula Batchelor, and Elzabeth Treasure
Oxford University Press
ISBN-13 978-0199679379

Prevention of Oral Disease
John J Murray, June H Nunn, James G Steele
Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0-19-263279-1

Essential of Dental Caries
Edwina Kidd
Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0-19-852978-1

Community Oral Health
Cynthia Pine, Rebecca Harris
Quintessence Publishing
ISBN 978-1-85097-162-7

The Patient-Centred Dental practice
P Newsome
British Dental Journal
ISBN 0 90458869 6

Basic Epidemiology
R Bonita, R Beaglehole, T Kjellstrom
World Health Organisation
ISBN 92 4 154707 3

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-units: DNS2105, ORC3105, ORC4037

Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Ind Study, Practical, Project & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Fieldwork SEM2 No 10%
Presentation (15 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 15%
Oral Examination (15 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 15%
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Anne-Marie Agius
Nikolai Attard
Pauline Vassallo
Ethel Vento Zahra

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.