Upon graduating with a Master’s degree in Maxillofacial and Craniofacial Technology at King's College London in 2008, Naimesha Patel became a practising full member of the Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists (IMPT).
On completion of her studies, she was employed as a Clinical Teacher in the Academic Centre of Reconstructive Science (ACRS) at King's College London Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences in January 2009. Having gained her teaching qualification, she was solely responsible for the education of Dental Technology students at Eastman Dental Institute. Following this, she gained employment at King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, where she contributed to the teaching of 3rd year dental undergraduates in Prosthetic Dentistry.
Her most significant contribution and speciality to this establishment during the last nine years, has focused primarily on the clinical and technical teaching for international and national students enrolled on the 3 MSc programmes in ACRS. Currently they are the only institution in the world to run MSc programmes for Maxillofacial Prosthetists, Prosthodontists and Anaplastologists, and have established a reputation as a centre of excellence in this field.
ACRS is a small, highly specialised unit and liaises with other healthcare professionals within the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences (FoDOCS) and GSTT (ENT, Head and Neck Surgical Oncologists, Department of Oral Pathology and Medicine, Department of Anatomy, Speech Therapists, Plastics etc.) to deliver the most comprehensive and advanced curriculum for their postgraduate students.
The three MSc taught programmes are:
- MSc in Maxillofacial & Craniofacial Technology (MFCT):
2-year full time course founded 2006
4 students every 2 years
- MSc in Maxillofacial Prosthetic Rehabilitation (MFPR):
3-year blended learning programme founded 2011
8 students maximum per year.
- MSc in Reconstructive Science (Joint KCL/MMU) NHS sponsored:
3-year blended learning programme for UK students founded 2013
10 students maximum per year