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Conscious Sedation for Dentistry PG Dip

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This postgraduate diploma in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry provides enhanced understanding of the processes involved in conscious sedation through knowledge of the basic sciences. The course provides a high level of clinical experience in treating patients under sedation in supervised sessions. You will learn basic techniques, with introduction to advanced approaches where required. Both practical and theoretical training is given, from initial assessment and treatment planning to delivery, recovery and discharge, for a variety of sedation techniques for dental treatment.


Key benefits

  • High levels of exposure to the clinical environment at Guy's Hospital with its diverse patient population

  • Close expert supervision, to gain competence and confidence in treating patients under conscious sedation

  • Compliant with IACSD national guidelines  

  • Clinical sessions one day per week (January to June) plus seven study days and a final dissertation

  • Nine demonstrations of procedural skills (DoPS) to be completed during the course

  • Competency-based training and clinical treatment sessions take place in the Department of Sedation and Special Care at Guy's Hospital

 

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration Nine months, January to September. (clinical attendance is part-time - one day per week, January to June, alongside self-directed study and six study days on campus)

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Course intake 9

Course leaders

Dr Chris Dickinson

Consultant, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry
Honorary Senior Lecturer and course director

Further details

Course contact for further information

Chris Dickinson +44 (0) 207 188 6075

chris.dickinson@kcl.ac.uk

 

 

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

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Course detail

Description

You will study applied basic sciences, conscious sedation, inhalation/intravenous sedation techniques and management of possible complications. The course is based on self-directed learning, and you will undertake an epidemiological or case-study-based project report with a literature review, in addition to a minimum of 22 days of supervised clinical practice. There will also be an introductory full week (5 days) of lectures and practicals from 6-10 January 2020 and 2 further full study days.

The course is designed for dentists already engaged in the provision of sedation for dentistry, or planning to develop a service, as well as those involved in teaching conscious sedation techniques. It will provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to use a wide range of conscious sedation techniques with confidence and safety.

Course purpose

The course is designed for dentists already engaged in the provision of sedation for dentistry, or planning to develop a service, as well as those involved in teaching conscious sedation techniques. It will provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to use a wide range of conscious sedation techniques with confidence and safety.

Course format and assessment

Teaching
Lectures, seminars and education supervision: 70-100 hours
Self-study, set essays and dissertation: 800-900 hours
Supervised clinical practice and feedback: 200-300 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment
Science of Conscious Sedation – written and multiple choice question examination and coursework
Clinical Conscious Sedation – clinical examination and unseen case examination
Literature Review – dissertation and oral examination

Extra information

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment.

If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before the term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required modules
You are required to take:
Science of Conscious Sedation (45 credits)
Clinical Conscious Sedation (45 credits)
Literature Review (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Conscious Sedation for Dentistry Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements   A recognised, formal dental qualification is required with a minimum of 3 years post-qualification experience.

Applicants should demonstrate a focused interest in conscious sedation with the specified intent to provide sedation services in their place of work.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our additional International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made using King’s online application portal at apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Completed applications for January 2020 entry (which consist of an online application form, two references, a transcript of previous degrees and a CV) should be submitted by the deadline date of 6 September 2019.

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis until the closing date. Candidates will be shortlisted for interviews and interviews will not be offered until after the closing date.

Interviews for short listed candidates will take place on 18 October 2019.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Conscious Sedation for Dentistry checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Applicants should demonstrate a focused interest in conscious sedation.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Yes Please submit a separate CV in addition to the application form.

 

Application closing date

The application closing date was 6 September 2019. Applications will re-open in spring 2020 for entry in January 2021.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

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If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £7,000 p.a. (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £12,300 p.a. (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Clinical tunics
  • Costs for local occupational health checks for overseas students prior to course commencement
  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks approximately; approximately £50 for an initial check and ongoing subscription at £13 per year. Check the government website for further information https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check.
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees  
  • Conference attendance (optional)
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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