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Unit information: Intermediate Clinical Practice - Year 2 in 2021/22

Unit name Intermediate Clinical Practice - Year 2
Unit code ORDS20026
Credit points 40
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mrs. Alison Grant
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Year 2:

Subject Areas:

1. Treatment of periodontal disease
2. Prevention advice/Maintenance of Oral Health
3. Management of patients with complex medical needs
4. Restorative techniques in adults and children


Throughout this unit existing periodontal and restorative skills are developed in the clinical environment and will incorporate the management of patients with complex medical needs. Following on from development of clinical skills and techniques, clinical practice is performed in a variety of clinics and departments to expand clinical knowledge and experience in the care of adults and children

The unit will encompass undertaking restorative techniques, enabling the student to recognise dental caries, and other oral and dental disease and provide appropriate preventive care.

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Undertake the range of clinical skills associated within subject areas in this unit
  2. To describe the theory associated with identifying non-responders and comply with referral criteria
  3. Recognise and appropriately manage the complications associated with periodontal therapy
  4. Underpin patient care with a preventive approach that contributes to the patient’s long-term oral health and general health
  5. To advise and apply a range of preventive materials and treatment procedures
  6. The student will recognise and take account of the needs of different patient groups
  7. To outline the main medical conditions that may alter the management of the patient during treatment
  8. To describe the relevance of common human diseases in the management and practice of dentistry
  9. Describe the health risks of drugs and substance misuse on oral and general health and provide appropriate advice, referral and support in a clinical environment
  10. Interpret and follow a prescribed treatment plan and delivery treatment in the most appropriate way for the patient
  11. Contribute to relevant special investigations and diagnostic procedures, including radiography
  12. Apply knowledge of principles from biomedical, behavioural and materials science to clinical treatment

Teaching details

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Small group Seminars
  • Clinical Practice (Work based learning)
  • Placement (SBCH)
  • Continuous Clinical Assessment logbook/portfolio (CCA) including Reflective Practice

Teaching will use a blended learning approach delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students will be expected to engage with all learning.

Assessment Details

Summative assessment

1. Periodontal Case (100% of unit total)

The students will write a case report for a periodontal patient they have treated, describing, discussing and reflecting on the treatment given. The student will then participate in a 30 minute face to face discussion with two examiners where the case will be discussed and the student's demonstration of achievement of the required learning outcomes will be explored. This will include discussion of the case and a number of standardised questions to meet learning outcomes above.

Formative assessment

Students are supported in their learning by a variety of directed formative assessments with which they must engage within this unit. Overall performance will be reviewed and discussed at the School Progress committee at regular meetings x 1 per term.

1. Continuous Clinical Assessment through CAFS e-portfolio

Clinical assessment and student reflection for each patient seen, graded with feedback from staff and patients.

Marks obtained in formative assessments above do not contribute to the overall unit mark but failure to complete by the stated end of term deadlines will be raised at the Progress Committee, and may be a barrier to progression.


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