Focusing on the dentistryNews
Posted by: The Probe 24th April 2020
The primary focus for all dentists is on delivering high quality patient care. As such, it’s important for clinicians and their teams to have the skills, products and technologies needed to achieve excellent clinical outcomes. This should be complemented by sufficient support – which in itself can take many different forms.
For instance, it might involve establishing a network of colleagues to turn to for advice or guidance on specific cases. Peers can also offer recommendations on materials and training courses, further helping individuals to broaden their capabilities and advance their skills in order to deliver the best clinical dentistry.
Another essential avenue of support is that provided by your principal, management or senior clinical team within the practice(s) that you work. They should be able to offer guidance in a wide range of areas, helping you complete dental treatment as safely and effectively as possible in even challenging situations.
Demonstrating how important this support is from the management and senior team, Farah Hoosen shares her experience. She initially completed a year in hospital after her FD training year, before moving back to general practice. She joined Rodericks Dental in 2016 as the Clinical Lead for a brand new practice at the time – Luton House – and here talks about how she both receives support and offers it to others in order to maintain a clinical-led ethos in her practice.
“The initial induction course for the Clinical Lead role covered all the situations I would likely encounter. Topics included mentoring, common problems GDPs face and how to overcome them. Having worked in Luton and Dunstable Hospital, I already had experience of most dental emergencies.
“When the practice first opened, we received several visits from the group’s Clinical Advisors. They checked how we were getting on and provided any clinical support needed. They also gave me an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions that I had relating to my role.”
Dentistry comes first
“Being clinically-led in practice means ensuring that dentists and their teams have all the materials needed to deliver quality patient care. In addition, all the surgeries are well maintained and any equipment break-downs are dealt with quickly and efficiently, ensuring no impact on our dentists or our patients. Personally, I have faced no restrictions on what I can offer patients and have the clinical freedom to provide the care I think is best. Plus, with all members of staff from receptionists to area managers concentrating on clinical decision making, everything is clinically-led and not business-led.”
Clinical experience right up to the top
Farah goes on to discuss how important it is to work with a team who understand the clinical side of dentistry.
“You definitely notice the difference it makes when senior management have clinical experience. Many of the directors have worked in practice, which means they know how it works on the ground. They’ve been there before and can offer solutions straight away. They also appreciate how it affects you as a clinician and in understanding the stresses of dentistry, they make pain-points easier to manage.
“I like that I can contact them if I need to; they talk to you on a personal rather than business level and value what you have to say. This was important for me in my role as Clinical Lead, as I was able to share my opinions and have a say on what changes needed to be implemented. Having that support directly from people who were able to make things happen instantly was really useful.”
Training and development
A part of getting the right support to focus on the dentistry, is having access to high quality and up-to-date training and educational opportunities. About the education available to her and her colleagues, Farah adds:
“Various training courses further support the clinically-led ethos, enabling dentists to improve their skills. These are very accessible and are often available with great discounts. Rodericks is keen to make the lives of dentists easier and I think it does this very well.
“Ultimately, Rodericks focuses on the dentistry and on making good clinical decisions.”
For more information on the career opportunities available at Rodericks, please visit www.rodericksdentalcareers.co.uk,
or contact Ashley Lillyman at email@example.com or on
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