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A novel, integrated curriculum for dental hygiene-therapists and dentists

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  • Highlights the need for better understanding of dental hygiene-therapist roles and their importance in shared care.

  • Describes the methodology for a fully integrated undergraduate dental curriculum.

  • Demonstrates that a successful integrated curriculum requires skills and knowledge within the scope of each profession to be taught and assessed to the same standard.

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Figure 2: Schematic representation of the structured integration within the Bachelor of Dental Surgery and BSc Dental Hygiene-Therapy programmes at Peninsula Dental School.


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Our sincerest thanks go to the entire education team at Peninsula Dental School, without whose support and input our vision of an integrated BDHT-BDS curriculum would have remained just that. We wish to acknowledge the sheer hard work that has gone into developing the original BDS programme, as on the foundations of its success we built our new BDHT programme. Since the commencement of the BDHT programme we must acknowledge: Christopher Tredwin as head of school who has supported our vision and challenge to the conventional curriculum and Ewen McColl as clinical lead and deputy head of school; Sally Hanks for designing the professionalism modules and being instrumental in IPE in the BDHT/BDS final years; Cathy Coelho for leading EBL and BDHT audit, as well as monitoring and evaluating remediation of BDHT students; Jon Bennett for guidance in the biomedical science content and design and delivery of the year one BDHT-BDS life Sciences; Jane Collingwood for being an integral part of teaching and curriculum design within BDHT; Ruth Potterton for designing and delivering EBL; Joanne Elmes for delivering BDHT curriculum; Matthew Jerreat for supporting ISCE and exit cases; Tim O'Brien for supporting BDHT specialist visits; the 'Well Connected' team for their integral role in the community engagement modules; clinical supervisors and external speakers for expert content and support; Nicky Kilpatrick for her paediatric teaching advice and review of the manuscript; Malcolm Bruce and Natalie Sobey for designing and directing SDLE; and finally to all of our administrative team who have worked tirelessly to enable the success of the BDHT programme.

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McIlwaine, C., Brookes, Z., Zahra, D. et al. A novel, integrated curriculum for dental hygiene-therapists and dentists. Br Dent J 226, 67–72 (2019).

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