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Developing Dental Practice through Mentoring


Course Information


Part-time one-year CPD course

On this CPD course, you develop the skills needed to be a successful mentor within a dental workplace setting. Mentorship is essential to promote a sustainable commitment to high-quality patient care and is used by many multi-professional groups, to ensure competence development, performance transition and enhancement.

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Course Dates

27th October 2017 – 30th June 2018

Places Available

Course Leader

Debbie Reed

Course Fee

Course Description

Throughout the course, you are encouraged to look at the mentorship as a means of ensuring professional standards development across your whole team.

The course places particular emphasis on the role of mentoring in the following areas: continuing professional learning and development; education; induction and appraisal. These areas are relevant to all professional colleagues and to other team members.

The course helps you to develop the skills needed to ensure that contemporary practice informs all areas of professional practice in your workplace.


Skills acquired

From the course, you develop the following skills:

  • A critical understanding of personal, professional and organisational perspectives related to mentorship.
  • A critical exploration of the ethical and professional perspectives of mentorship and how both effect the development and evolution of novice to expert practice within the dental workforce.
  • A critical knowledge and understanding of selected core theories, concepts, frameworks and principles relevant to mentoring.
  • A critical understanding of the power and communication dynamics in mentor relationships.
  • Planning and applying the principles of mentorship within a dental care setting to raise the standards of professional practice within the organisation.
  • An ability to act as a mentor in order to evolve practice
  • An ability to critically reflect on and evaluate your own performance.



This short course includes 30 hours of teaching conducted over three separate weekends. The course includes taught sessions and work-based learning, personal reflection and self-study. The total number of hours of study required is 300 hours.  At the beginning pf the course, you complete a guided study package (15 hours of learning), which is available via the Virtual Learning Environment.



You complete three pieces of work, which are assessed; an overall combined pass mark (50% or above) must be gained to successfully complete the course. On successful completion of the course you are awarded 30 credits at Level 7.


Dates for taught sessions:

Weekend 1:

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 October 2017

Topics covered include:

  • Concept of novice to expert within the development of professional practice.
  • Theories and principles of mentorship.
  • Theories and principles of learning and development.
  • Application of mentorship within the healthcare professions.


Weekend 2:

Friday 9 - Saturday 10 February 2018

Topics covered include:

  • Application of principles of mentorship.
  • Structuring mentorship activity to advance the dental workforce.


Weekend 3:

Friday 23 or Saturday 24 March 2018

Topics covered include:

  • Presentation of case studies.
  • Evaluating and reflecting on your own practice and that of others in order to develop.


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but applicants are required to be working in a dental workplace setting. On successful completion of this course, you may choose to progress to one of the Centre’s Master’s programmes.

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