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Celebrating continuing professional development opportunities for all dental staff

Posted on: October 24th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

As we reach the milestone of 60,000 registered users on our Dentistry (e-Den) elearning programme, we are celebrating by sharing the latest updates to the training and how these can support continuing professional development across the whole dentistry team.

This online training features opportunities for all dental professionals: from experienced colleagues seeking Continuing Professional Development, to new dental graduates looking for training to use throughout your two-year Foundation programme, as well as students preparing for Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) exams.

The e-Den programme was created with the aim of delivering a high quality, interactive, online learning solution for dental professionals. It is available nationwide and is free of charge to all members of the dentistry team who are operating within an NHS contract. The curriculum is primarily based on the UK Dental Foundation Training curriculum, and is made up of four domains – clinical, management and leadership, professionalism, and communication.

We are incredibly pleased to share the following updates:

Enhanced CPD forms

 e-Den supports continuing professional development (CPD) for all dental care professionals and experienced dentists. As a learner you can plan and record your learning and work through any module that is relevant to your training needs, in any order you choose. Revised enhanced CPD forms are now available to support you with this.

All 13 modules within the training include an enhanced CPD form to be completed by the learner, which can be added to your portfolio with your elearning certificate as evidence to demonstrate your understanding of each subject area. The forms are downloadable and can be used as evidence of how you meet the criteria for the GDC’s development outcomes.

The enhanced CPD scheme is designed to support dental professionals to gain maximum benefit from CPD activities. The plan, do, reflect, record model encourages you to proactively think about your professional needs, field of practice and the Standards for the Dental Team before embarking on CPD activity. In this way, the activity becomes more meaningful and applicable to areas that you have identified to maintain or build on.

MFDS pathway reminder

If you are preparing to take your Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) exams this autumn, a tailored elearning pathway can be found within the training programme to support you.

The pathway features short and focussed sessions that cover the whole MFDS syllabus and makes leaning more manageable for trainees who have multiple demands on their time.

The sessions cover all areas of the MFDS syllabus, including communication skills, clinical competence and clinical reasoning, and will prepare candidates for the professional skills assessments within the exams.

Module reviews and newly refreshed sessions

To ensure that training sessions remain valid and in line with current best practice guidance, we have been working with the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England to complete a review of all 13 modules within e-Den.

We are pleased to share that along with the Learning Paths, reviews have recently been completed for the following modules:

Module 1: Patient Assessment

Module 3: Anxiety and Pain Control in Dentistry

Module 5: Hard and Soft Tissue Surgery

Module 9: Replacement of Teeth

Module 10: Communication

Module 11: Professionalism

Module 13: Environmental Sustainability in Dentistry

Access the training

To find out more and access the training, please visit the e-Den programme page.

Adult Pathology and Orthopaedics updates to the Clinical Imaging elearning programme

Posted on: September 14th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Dorothy Keane, Clinical Lead at the Society and College of Radiographers, gives a brief overview of updates that have been made to our Clinical Imaging elearning programme.

The online training is free to access for healthcare staff and is the ideal resource to support all imaging staff.

Adult Pathology Sessions

“As radiographers, you are constantly looking at images of patients who have been referred from the emergency department, ward, outpatients, or a GP. Having the knowledge to recognise and identify bony changes which may represent a pathology will enable you to ‘flag’ the images to allow a faster report and quicker referral to a specialist”. Dorothy Keane, Clinical Lead

A new module has been developed to complement our Clinical Imaging programme. We have created 12 new sessions which give a general outline of a wide range of conditions and diseases and the related pathophysiological changes encountered on radiographs. These pathologies are commonly seen on radiographs and a knowledge of how bone and soft tissue changes manifest on radiographs will be discussed using images and diagrams. There is an opportunity to assess learning throughout each session which consist of 4 introductory sessions and 8 which focus on specific anatomical regions and discuss specific pathologies related to those regions.

Clinical Imaging – Orthopaedics

Have you looked at the 2 orthopaedic modules in elfh’s Clinical Imaging programme?

Our Orthopaedic Imaging modules explore follow-up images post orthopaedic surgery. The introductory session explains the post-operative plan for patients who have undergone orthopaedic procedures and why imaging is essential to assess the interventions.

Further sessions cover procedures involving the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and foot, hand and wrist, long bones, vertebral column (spine) and pelvis in both emergency trauma and elective surgery. Each procedure is described with accompanying photographs of the prosthetics and instrumentation. The rationale for carrying out the procedure is discussed. Images are used to demonstrate post-procedure appearances and describe post-operative complications such as loosening of metalwork and infection.

The 2nd module, Orthopaedic Intervention, introduces the operating theatre outlining the environment, equipment, sterile procedures, infection control and staff roles. Radiographers often rotate into theatre and may have limited experience of certain procedures – this can, and often does, create an atmosphere of tension within the operating theatre for both the radiographer and the orthopaedic surgeons. These sessions have been designed to help prepare radiographers for theatre work. It provides detailed advice on the position and movements of the image intendifier for a range of orthopaedic procedure involving the upper and lower limbs and the vertebral column.

Accessing the training

To find out more and access the training, visit the Clinical Imaging programme page.

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