UK first for new RCSEd dental faculty
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has launched the first faculty in the UK aimed at supporting dental trainers
The Faculty of Dental Trainers (FDT) has been created to enhance the quality of patient care and to ensure patient needs are met safely. It is envisaged it will become “a platform for the recognition of dental trainers both nationally and internationally and will provide a framework to promote and guide trainers throughout their educational careers”. The new faculty will be open to anyone who can demonstrate their involvement in appropriate dental training, such as qualified dentists, dental nurses, dental hygienists and orthodontic therapists.
Sarah Manton, vice dean of the RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery and project lead for the FDT, said: “We are absolutely delighted to launch this new Faculty, which will cater for the specific needs of those involved in the delivery of dental training and education.
“The FDT’s membership structure has been designed to be broad and inclusive. Not only does this reflect modern dental practice, but it also allows the new Faculty to welcome and provide recognition for as many dental trainers as possible.”
Bill Saunders, dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, said: “In opening the Faculty of Dental Trainers, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh aims to create a professional home for recognised dental trainers, enabling those who join to demonstrate their commitment to training and education.
“Today, dentists and dental care professionals deliver patient care across many sectors and in multiple settings, from public and community services, hospital services, to Armed Services, colleges and universities. Our new Faculty will help to establish clear and consistent guidelines that unify training standards across the breadth of modern dentistry.”