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Health Education Wessex manages the Dental
Appraisal Scheme for Southampton, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight
(IOW) and Portsmouth. This funded scheme is for General
Dental Practitioners (GDPs) included on the National Performers
List and working in practices across Hampshire and the IOW.
The appraisal scheme has been a real success
since it started in 2011, when it was led by NHS Hampshire (The
PCT). Feedback received from both appraisers and appraisees
has been very positive overall. Over 160 dentists have
already taken part in the pilot schemes, telling us they found the
process to be a constructive and positive experience. In
particular, individuals being appraised appreciated the structured
opportunity to reflect about all areas of their work, recognising
appraisal as a valuable tool in the process of professional
development. In addition, effective appraisals can clarify
appropriate standards of behaviour and care and inform an
individual’s Personal Development Plan (PDP).
The appraisal process seeks to fully support
practitioners in achieving career goals and preparing them for
eventual GDC revalidation. It sits well within the concept of
“Lifelong Learning” and is vital in developing a clinical
governance culture to ensure high standards and best outcomes for
Practitioners preparing for appraisal will
typically be asked to provide:
This is part of producing a meaningful
For more information about the Wessex scheme
Kim Jones, Regional Adviser Continuing
Registration and Appraisal Lead – Wessex
Tel: 01962 718436
We are now running an identical pilot scheme
for GDPs working across Thames Valley.
27 GDPs have now been appointed as appraisers
and we are currently recruiting volunteer appraisees within the
For information about the Thames Valley scheme
Roz Tritton, Appraisal Lead - Thames
Hannah Dade, Dental Training
Programme Manager - Thames Valley
Tel: 01865 785511
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Introduction to NHS Courses are available as
individual days or as a programme of 10 day long courses run over
three months, commencing in January, April and October each year.
These courses are aimed atdesigned primarily for dentists who have
graduated outside the UK and who haven’t worked in NHS Primary Care
for some time. This includes:
The subjects are varied and are based around
the core competencies that are required to work in the NHS,
Having completed this programme dentists will
feel more confident working within the framework of the NHS and
will have had the chance to meet and learn with new colleagues.
If you are a dentist undertaking Foundation
Training by Equivalence you will need to produce a portfolio of
evidence. We will show you what to do and also help you create your
own bespoke Personal Development Plan (PDP).
If you would like to know more about these
courses then please contact:
Tel. 01962 718436
Noel Davies (Training
School's PDP Template - This will guide through your career
break and help you to a successful return to practice.
It is essential that you contact the General Dental Council
(GDC) for information on your individual
requirements for getting back on the register: GDC Home Page,
GDC Registration Requirements Page.
GDC's mandatory CPD requirement is obligatory for continued
registration. Check the current requirements online to ensure that
you’re up to date. Remember you need to keep certificates and aims,
objectives and learning outcomes for up to 10 years from the start
of your CPD cycle. If you’re a member of the British
Dental Association you can get help with CVs, contracts, and a
wealth of advice sheets.
You will need to join the NHS Performers List (http://www.performer.england.nhs.uk/)
Health Education England, Thames Valley and Health Education
Wessex, works with dental practitioners for whom further support is
needed, as a means of resolving concerns about practice or
supporting a return to work programme. The concerns might relate to
knowledge or skills gaps or behaviours and might have been
identified in a variety of ways. There might have been a
significant career break or a period of illness or time away from
normal practice because of exclusion or suspension.
The coach/mentor programme has been developed to provide trusted
support to a practitioner when completing an action plan for their
remediation and in working with them to complete the action plan to
a satisfactory standard.
Dentists may be referred advised to contact usto the programme
by a number of routes, including:
For more information about the programme contact:
Laura Higgs, Dental Programme Support
Tel. 01865 785515
Many dentists and DCPs are educators, either in every day
practice supervising and supporting members of the team, or as
trainers and teachers on formal educational programmes.
Standards for Dental Educators have been published by COPDEND
that describe the areas of knowledge and skills that dental
Deanery dental educators include Tutors, Trainers, Educational
and Clinical Supervisors and Training Programme Directors. Health
Education Thames Valley provides short courses for those wishing to
be recognised as Trainers and also run a Postgraduate Certificate
in Clinical Education programme that is awarded by Oxford Brookes
University, for those who wish to make education a significant part
of their career.
Developing Dental Educators is a four-day course that runs each
June and is a preparatory course for those wishing to be approved
as dental foundation, core and therapist foundation trainers and is
also suitable for those with a more general interest in training
and teaching. The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education
Course is a year-long programme with ten days of formal teaching
delivered in three residential modules. Places are limited and
priority is given to those with a proven commitment to teaching and
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