best dental training facilities in the country
await students starting a new academic year
at the school of dentistry. They will be learning
hands-on clinical practice in a transformed
phantom heads room, with state-of-the-art
dental and teaching equipment.
phantoms the new simulators (left)
and (below) Dr Brian Nattress oversees a student's
name might conjure images of dusty dungeons
and headless ghosts, but the reality is impressively
high-tech. Thirty patient simulators
each with a phantom head
are equipped with all the latest dentistry
tools, and screens where students see a magnified
image of the teeth theyre working on.
the only dental school in the UK to have individual
simulators equipped to such a high level,
creating conditions as close as possible to
a real dental clinic, explained senior
lecturer Dr Brian Nattress. Dentists
can work with dental nurses on the same simulator,
so students learn how to function as a team.
The new facilities will make the transition
to working with real patients much smoother,
as students are already learning good clinical
practice in proper clinical conditions.
£600,000 HEFCE-funded refurbishment
has brought many advantages for students.
In the past, they would gather round to watch
a tutor demonstrate a technique, making intricate
procedures difficult to follow. With the new
equipment, a close-up of the demonstration
appears on screens in front of each student.
Operations taking place in the dental hospital
can also be transmitted live for students
to watch in specially created seminar rooms.
new phantom heads will be used also to train
dental hygienists and dental therapists and
are ideal for postgraduate courses, providing
specialist training for qualified dentists.
government is currently looking at how dentistry
should be delivered within the NHS and this
may open up many opportunities for expansion
within dentistry and dental education,
said dean of the school Professor William
Hume. We are also working with the local
primary care trusts on plans to reorganise
and improve dental services within the city.