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Dentistry Thames Valley & Wessex

Health Education England Thames Valley & Wessex Dental School work across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to deliver high quality evidence-informed dental education and training. We aim to help GDC registrants to meet their individual educational needs, develop their skills and maintain high standards in order to provide the best possible care for patients.

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Dental Therapist Refresher Scheme 2019

If you are a Therapist working in Practice as a Hygienist and would like to participate in a Dental Therapist Refresher Scheme you may be eligible to participate in the Thames Valley and Wessex Refresher Scheme.

For further information:  Dental Therapist Refresher Scheme


Enhanced Continuing Professional Development (ECPD)

Keeping your skills, knowledge and competence up to date throughout your career is a vital part of being a dental professional. From January 2018 the General Dental Council has developed a new style Enhanced CPD scheme which is designed to be flexible, so you can plan activity to suit your professional needs, and adapt your activity as required across your CPD cycle. Depending on your registrant title, you must do a certain minimum number of hours of verifiable CPD for each five year cycle. You may continue to do non-verifiable CPD, however all hours submitted to the GDC must be verifiable.

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All courses run by Health Education England will be aligned to the development outcomes to fulfil the requirements of the new style ECPD. We are currently developing our programme for the courses in 2018 to provide suitable courses to meet all four development outcome areas. If there is a course that you would like to attend in order to complete your Personal Development Plan (PDP) that we currently don’t deliver please contact Katy Kerr at  with suggestions for courses that you would like to see in the future.

GDC Development Outcome Example of CPD Content
A. Effective communication with patients, the dental team and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk.
  • Communication skills
  • Consent
  • Complaints handling
  • Safeguarding, raising, concerns
B. Effective management of self and effective management of others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients at all times; providing constructive leadership where appropriate.
  • Effective practice management Business management
  • Team working
C. Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice.
  • Clinical and technical areas of study
  • Radiography
  • Cross infection control
  • Medical emergencies and CPR
  • CPD on quality assurance for MHRA
  • CPD specific for your daily role(s)
D. Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first
  • Ethical and legal issues and developments
  • Professional behaviours
  • Equality and diversity training


For more information please visit our section on Dental Enhanced CPD Courses


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Working Towards Dementia Friendly Dental Practices

It is reported by the Alzheimer’s Research trust that there are approximately 820,000 people with dementia in the UK today and this number is predicted to double in the next 30 years. Figures for the Thames Valley showed an estimated 24,515 people with dementia in 2014.

ArrowClick here to find out more about the scheme to help members of the dental team provide supportive care environments for dementia patients. 


The Appointment

Improving access to dental services for people with dementia is of paramount importance. It can significantly improve their quality of life and prevent further problems associated with poor oral health.Click image to view "The Appointment" on Youtube

“The Appointment” is a short film inspired by an award winning series of films called “Barbara’s Story” that was developed to highlight issues around caring for people with dementia in an acute hospital setting. It is intended to show insight into just how confusing attending a dental appointment can be for someone with dementia and highlights the crucial role played by the whole team, especially receptionists and dental nurses, in supporting vulnerable patients.

» Click here to view "The Appointment" on Youtube
» Click here to download "The Appointment" in MP4 file format
 Click here to download the resource pack for The Appointment (pdf)

Tips for Trainers

  • Dementia training is important and is relevant for all members of the dental team. The principles of caring, compassion, good communication, competence and commitment apply to all patients regardless of their age.
  • Ask the audience to turn off their phones and bleepers at the start
  • This film has been designed to trigger discussion. It is not intended to tell people what to do but to help them to develop a sense of things that they could do.
  • Allow space and time for them to think about what they have seen before you start the discussion.
  • Make the point that there are people who show a caring and compassionate attitude in the film



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