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Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Implants

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Newcastle University
School of Dental Sciences
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Newcastle upon Tyne
40 days over 18 months
£18,000.00 (See Description)
Dentists (and for practical sessions, it is optional to bring a Dental Nurse)
School of Dental Sciences, Framlington Place, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4BW, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

This Postgraduate certifcate level course aims to provide dental practitioners and their teams with a training opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to plan, treat, and maintain a range of straightforward* partially and fully edentate patients using dental implants.

The total fee for the course is £18,000.  (Instalment payment option) and an opportunity has also arisen for Newcastle's "University Business Voucher" to be utilised for part payment of course fees, please contact the course leader  at the outset.

Programme Description

Basic structure

The programme extends over 18 months and participants will attend Newcastle Dental Hospital one day per fortnight (on average) during academic term times; total 40 days. The programme consists of two modules: Theory and Skills Training in Implant Dentistry, and Clinical Skills Training and Practice in Implant Dentistry comprising Patient assessment, Surgical placement of implants, and Restoration of implants. The modules are designed to be delivered as one continuous programme. Both modules are compulsory. Students must successfully complete the theory-based module in order to progress to the clinically-based module.

Key features

Patients treated by participants are recruited by, and remain the responsibility of, supervising Consultants at Newcastle Dental Hospital. Participants and any accompanying nurses must have been granted Clinical Access to Newcastle Dental Hospital by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
It is strongly encouraged that a dental nurse (registered with the General Dental Council [UK]) accompanies each participant (at no additional cost). Although not an absolute requirement, nurse attendance is desirable. Attendance will provide nurses with an opportunity to secure GDC verifiable CPD.
As far as is practicable, individual patients are treatment planned, implanted and restored by a named participant. This provides a continuous learning experience and consistency of care for patients.
The programme will appeal to dentists and their teams looking to establish implant dentistry into the portfolio of services they offer to patients, at the straightforward* level.
The programme provides good preparation for dentists planning to sit the Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh
*as defined by Training Standards in Implant Dentistry, Annex B (2008) published by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and endorsed by the General Dental Council (UK)

Teaching and Learning Methods

Knowledge and Understanding are delivered mainly with lectures and seminars which enable students to question, discuss and check learning. Case studies supplement teaching and learning. Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to undertake independent reading. Essential material for independent learning is provided in the form of specific scientific papers, references to textbook chapters and electronic information sources.
The Intellectual Skills are developed using case studies and problem based learning. Group activities help to stimulate shared problem solving, open discussion, and self evaluation. A question and answer approach is used in the clinical setting.
Practical Skills are taught by demonstration of clinical skills, structured observation and one-to-one coaching. Practical Skills are introduced in the clinical skills laboratory with simulation exercises using artificial jaws and cadaver animal material. Acquisition of skills is consolidated by experiential learning from patients in the clinical setting. Video analysis is used in the clinical setting to help teach surgical skills and encourage learning by reflection.  Peer review is used to evaluate treatments at the planning, surgical and restorative stages of treatment. Students are expected to complete a logbook of treated cases which assists in and encourages reflective learning.
Good practice in clinical record keeping and consent are developed by lectures, case studies in seminars, structured observation and one to one coaching in the clinical setting.


Formative assessment and feedback is provided in seminars and after case study discussions. Summative assessment of knowledge is carried out by means of an MCQ. Written assignments at the end of Module 1 (Theory and Skills Training in Implant Dentistry) and during Module 2 (Clinical Skills Training and Practice in Implant Dentistry) are also used to provide summative assessment of deeper understanding, and the ability to apply knowledge and understanding to new situations. A written clinical case presentation is used to provide summative assessment of practical and intellectual skills.
Specific Case-based Discussion structured feedback proformas are used to provide formative assessment at the diagnosis and treatment planning stage, at the completion of treatment stage, and when formulating a plan for long-term maintenance of implants.
Skills simulation exercises are assessed formatively using specific Direct Observation of Procedural Skills proformas, and clinical surgical skills are assessed formatively using a specific Procedure Based Assessment form.

Entry Requirements

Application for the course is by open competition. Applicants who are short-listed on the basis of the application form will be invited to attend for interview with the Degree Programme Director.
The course is limited to eight participants, who:
(a) must have successfully completed the Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent; and
(b) must have successfully completed two years of Dental Foundation Training or equivalent postgraduate training; and
(c) must have full registration with the General Dental Council (UK)

Additional Requirements

Although not an essential requirement, preference will be given to applicants who have been awarded the Diploma of Fellowship or Membership in Dental Surgery of one of the United Kingdom Royal Colleges (FDS, MFDS, MJDF) and who can demonstrate that they have acquired additional minor oral surgical experience (e.g. have held a training grade post in oral surgery or maxillofacial surgery). Participation in an introductory implant course is also an advantage.
Dental Nurses (registered with the General Dental Council [UK]) are strongly encouraged to accompany respective Dentist participants (at no additional cost). Although not an absolute requirement, nurse attendance is desirable.
Applicants will be required to comply with the requirements of Clinical Access to Newcastle Dental Hospital, and the dress code and infection control policies and procedures.

Teaching Faculty

The Programme Director is Mr Francis Nohl MBBS, BDS, FDSRCS, MRD, MSc, DDS, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, and registered Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. He has over ten year’s experience of the surgical and prosthodontic aspects of implant dentistry in hospital and private practice settings. He is also a specialist trainer in Restorative dentistry and implant dentistry. Trainers will include members of the Newcastle Dental Implant Team and visiting teachers.
Newcastle Dental Hospital and Dental School have state-of-the-art skills training facilities and high spec. clinical treatment areas, as well as in-house dental production laboratories. There is direct access to tomographic scanning and virtual implant planning software.

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