Special Care Dentistry DDSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 36 months  
  • Programme start: September 2018
  • Entry requirements: Please see the 'Entry Requirements' tab for full list of requirements.
Special Care Dentistry ddsc

Module details

The DDSc is a 3-year full time Doctorate programme comprising 540 credits. The programme has 180 credits in year one mostly at M level and 360 credits in years two and three at D level.

All modules are mandatory i.e. must be passed, and make up the taught, clinical and research components of the programme. The programme consists of 5 core modules and 4 speciality specific modules.


Special Care Dentistry speciality modules

Year 1

CDEN251 - Clinical Special Care Dentistry

Level M
Credit level 30
Semester Whole session
Exam:Coursework weighting 100:0

Aims

The aim of this module is to allow the students to acquire cognitive, psychomotor and interpersonal skills in the diagnosis, treatment planning and provision of core clinical practice in Special Care Dentistry (SCD).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge required to obtain relevant clinical, social, cultural and medical information required for patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical record keeping.
  2. Interpret and acquire competency in assessing an individual’s capacity to consent under legislation such as the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and understand the role of the family and caregivers in decision-making.
  3. Demonstrate detailed comprehension by applying medical principles of acute and long term health conditions and congenital and acquired conditions relevant to Special Care Dentistry.
  4. Interpret the pharmacology, principal interactions and adverse effects of medications and therapeutics.
  5. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and skills by management of medical emergencies in clinical and simulation settings.
  6. Demonstrate competent and basic clinical skills in assessment, diagnosis and provision of clinical care in Special Care Dentistry.

CDEN252 - Anxiety and Pain Management

Level M
Credit level 60
Semester Whole session
Exam:Coursework weighting 100:0

Aims

To acquire the knowledge and skills and training to manage anxious and phobic patients and patients in pain.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies used in the management of anxious and phobic patients.
  2. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge of research literature to inform evidence based practice.
  3. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of the role of the dental team in risk management, human factors, treatment provision and the management of sedation related complications.
  4. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of medicolegal, ethical and professional aspects of anxiety management.
  5. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of role of conscious sedation techniques in dentistry.
  6. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of the range of pain and anxiety control techniques.
  7. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of the importance and influence that general health may have on use of conscious sedation.
  8. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of complying with contemporary guidance relating to the environment, facilities and equipment required for conscious sedation.
  9. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of issues involved in the scientific basis of conscious sedation.
  10. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of the limitations, benefits and risks of conscious sedation techniques.

Year 2 and 3


CDEN351 - Multidisciplinary Clinical Special Care Dentistry

Level D
Credit level 60
Semester Whole session
Exam:Coursework weighting 100:0

Aims

The module enables the students to provide independent specialist practice in Special Care Dentistry.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of multidisciplinary Special Care Dentistry as a monospecialty in dentistry.
  2. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge of dental materials to inform clinical decisions for use in differing clinical situations.
  3. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge of other dental specialties to inform clinical decisions in Special Care Dentistry to use in differing clinical situations.
  4. Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of adjunctive modalities in the provision of non-surgical and surgical treatment in SCD.

CDEN352 - Functioning, Disability and Health

Level D
Credit level 60
Semester Whole session
Exam:Coursework weighting 100:0

Aims

This aim of the module is to enable students to explore, interpret and understand the concepts of functioning, disability and health for people requiring Special Care Dentistry. The module contextualises the impact of impairment and disability to the individual and vulnerable groups within the population.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a systematic acquisition and understanding of the epidemiology, terminology, concepts, and classifications of human functioning, disability and health.
  2. Demonstrate a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge of impairments, disabilities and health conditions in relation to their impact on oral health related quality of life and function for the individual and vulnerable groups in society.
  3. Demonstrate a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge on the characteristic oral and systemic manifestations of specific patient groups and their impacts on the individual and society.
  4. Demonstrate a systematic acquisition of knowledge and understanding of the social determinants of health in relation to oral health inequalities.
  5. Demonstrate a systematic acquisition and understanding to informed judgements of the legislative, ethical, financial and political issues for the major disability groups requiring access to oral healthcare.
  6. Demonstrate a systematic acquisition and understanding to develop institutional and community targeted oral health promotion for SCD patient groups.
  7. Demonstrate systematic acquisition of knowledge and understanding to undertake the role of professional advocacy, promoting public policies and services to reduce health inequalities through promotion of care pathways for oral health care delivery and health promotion.

Compulsory modules

Communication, Health Promotion and Clinical Governance (CDEN233)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

To understand Health Service structures and clinical governance and effectively communicate with the dental team.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Apply a professional, caring and understanding approach, modified to a patient’s individual needs and demonstrate an ability to communicate  effectively with persons of all ages, recognising the cultural differences and barriers to effective communication, whilst operating within ethical and legal guidelines, maintaining oral health standards.

(LO2) Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and ability to implements all aspects of clinical governance.

(LO3) Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge of and critically evaluate the role and contribution of Health Service structures and the principles of Audit.

(S1) Information and communication technology

(S2) Working with others

(S3) Time management

(S4) Improving own learning and performance

(S5) Professionalism

(S6) Professional and Research skills are embedded throughout the programme using activities such as workshops, a weekly Journal Club and conferences. The Journal Club runs weekly and students are expected to present to the class in rotation.

Research Protocol (CDEN299)
LevelD
Credit level60
SemesterResearch Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce a specialist capable of the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of professional practice, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Be able to conceive, design a substantial process of research with scholarly integrity and communicate with their peers and the larger scholar community.

(LO2) Be able to produce a concise written report and demonstrate a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry were used to create and design a research protocol.

(S1) Information and communication technology

(S2) Working with others

(S3) Time management

(S4) Improving own learning and performance

(S5) Professionalism

(S6) Professional and Research skills are embedded throughout the programme using activities such as workshops, a weekly Journal Club and conferences. The Journal Club runs weekly and students are expected to present to the class in rotation.

Clinical Research and Investigation (CDEN304)
LevelD
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce a specialist capable of a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of professional practice

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate a systematic acquisition and understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

(LO2) Undertake a research, evidenced-based critical appraisal of treatment techniques in named patients.

(S1) Information and communication technology

(S2) Working with others

(S3) Time management

(S4) Improving own learning and performance

(S5) Professionalism

(S6) Professional and Research skills are embedded throughout the programme using activities such as workshops, a weekly Journal Club and conferences. The Journal Club runs weekly and students are expected to present to the class in rotation.

Doctoral Thesis (CDEN399)
LevelD
Credit level180
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce a specialist capable of the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication

To produce a specialist capable of the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of professional practice, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.

To produce a specialist capable of a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate a systematic acquisition and understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

(LO2) Conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of professional practice, adjusting the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.

(LO3) Undertake pure and/or applied research at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas, or approaches and produce a concise written report to communicate with their peers and the larger scholarly community about their areas of expertise.

(S1) Information and communication technology

(S2) Working with others

(S3) Time management

(S4) Improving own learning and performance

(S5) Professionalism

(S6) Professional and Research skills are embedded throughout the programme using activities such as workshops, a weekly Journal Club and conferences. The Journal Club runs weekly and students are expected to present to the class in rotation.