Professional progression course

Local Dental Anaesthesia

Gain the knowledge and skills required to deliver local anaesthetic safely to patients

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

This part time short course will provide an opportunity for those qualified dental hygienists from overseas who have undertaken the GDC Dental Care Professional assessment of the Dental Hygiene qualification.

What will I experience?

The course will focus on the knowledge and skills required to deliver local anaesthetic safely to patients, whilst enabling you to reflect on working in a Primary care environment in the UK. It will involve clinical activity and the provision of care to patients within The Dental Academy and will, in addition, provide an understanding of NHS primary dental care in the UK.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course will help you to achieve the GDC learning outcomes for registration as a Dental Hygienist in the UK enabling you to then register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and move into employment.

Key Facts

Duration
12 weeks part time. Start: September, February.
Entry
An existing Dental Hygiene qualification from a country outside of the UK. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
Fees

Home/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man/International: £3,715

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Contact
admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 5566
Department
Dental Academy

Subject:

Health Sciences and Social Work

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  • The clinical and real-life learning approach that will equip you for your chosen career
  • Our simulated environments that mean you’ll gain and practise the skills you’ll need before entering the workplace 
  • Approachable lecturers, many of whom are teacher practitioners

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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

Aims of the course:

  • To develop an awareness of drugs and therapeutics commonly used in medicine and dentistry
  • To provide and understanding of the safe practices associated with the provision of oral local anaesthesia
  • Critically reflect on own practice within the UK healthcare setting
  • It is essential that knowledge of local oral anatomy and physiology is revised prior to the start of the unit to ensure safe working practices

Teaching and Assessment

Learning and assessment strategies will seek to develop transferrable clinical and academic skills. Approaches to learning and teaching are varied and include seminars, workshop, tutorials and live patient clinics. There will be an emphasis on the sciences and human communication. Learning and assessment is also supported by a virtual learning environment, simulation and live patient clinics.

How are you assessed?

The course and learning undertaken aims to demonstrate students’ achievement of learning outcomes and their development of scholarly and clinical skills, including knowledge transfer and evidence based inquiry. Consequently, coursework is varied and includes portfolio and exam.

Assessment consists of an unseen written exam and completion of a logbook will detail the successful completion of the relevant GDC identified competences.

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Monitor Facilities & Features


The Dental Academy

We have built the optimal environment for you to study dental practice. Offering a balance of state-of-the-art teaching and clinical facilities, here’s a taste of what you’ll have access to:

  • two clinics (44 dental treatment bays)
  • two individual surgeries
  • a phantom head room
  • decontamination suite
  • radiography suite
  • four radiography booths

Working as a Team

Our Dental Academy is a training ground for undergraduate King’s College London Dental Institute students as well as you and others on your course. So with dental care professionals and undergraduate dentists under the same roof, you’ll really get a feel of what it’s like to be part of a dental team working within a primary dental care setting.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

The course will help you to achieve the GDC learning outcomes for registration as a Dental Hygienist in the UK enabling you to then register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and move into employment.

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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