Dental therapists are essential members of the dental team, helping to ensure that patients receive high-quality care. They contribute significantly to the skill mix of the modern dental practice, making sure that patients are seen efficiently and by the right professionals. Clyde Munro understands this and has created a dedicated educational programme for all dental therapists who join the group. This has been designed for newly qualified professionals, helping them to consolidate and expand their clinical capabilities in a range of relevant areas.
The year-long programme builds on dental therapists’ existing skills, allowing them to confidently work within their full scope of practice for the delivery of exceptional patient care. It puts prevention at the core of all topics discussed, which include:
- Preventative treatment and advice, fluoride varnish application, fissure sealants and delivery of Childsmile (an initiative aiming to reduce oral health inequalities in children across Scotland)
- Restorations on deciduous teeth, including stainless steel crowns and pulpotomies
- Extractions of deciduous teeth
- Direct restorations on permanent teeth in adults and children
- Periodontal treatment, BPE and full pocket depth recording and monitoring
- Taking of radiographs and creation of study models
- Placement of dressings and recementing crowns with a temporary cement
These subject areas reflect the priorities in terms of learning and development for dental therapists, while aligning with the broad scope of practice that professionals enjoy. A high level of support is available throughout the programme within a managed clinical network, helping to meet the training needs of clinicians during the year.
To actively facilitate this on-going personal growth and professional development, Clyde Munro has also considered the logistics and practicalities for dental therapists. To allow for the programme to provide excellent support and sufficient time for dental therapists to build confidence in a clinical setting, candidates are offered an employed role. This ensures a confirmed salary during their first year in general practice, reducing any financial concerns they may have while refining and furthering their skills.
The role allows dental therapists to join a practice full-time, where they can continue to build on their clinical skills within a supportive environment and with an on-going focus on patient care. Newly qualified dental therapists can expect a salary of £30,000 during their first year in a Clyde Munro practice, providing financial security as they embark on their first year in general practice post qualification.
This dental therapist programme is just one way in which Clyde Munro strives to ensure a supportive environment for all its team members. As a leading dental provider in Scotland, the organisation appreciates what it takes to build a long and successful career in dentistry and is proactive in helping professionals to achieve all that they aspire to. To find out more about this and other educational programmes available to professionals from Clyde Munro, contact the team today.
Find out more about the career opportunities and vacancies available with Clyde Munro today at careers.clydemunrodental.com.
Author: David McColl
David qualified from Glasgow University in 1987 and has been working in a busy NHS practice in Glasgow South, alongside dental therapists for 15 years. He is currently the Chair of SDPC, Vice Chair of GGC GP subcommittee of the LDC, Vice Chair of the Area Dental Committee in GGC, a BDA UK pensions committee member and board member of SPPA. Outside of dentistry, he enjoys cycling, running, ski mountaineering and tennis.