Key skills for newly qualified dentists: an evaluation of a West Midlands initiative

Victoria Firmstone, Alison Bullock, Julie Bedward, John Frame, [No Value] [No Value]

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Introduction: This paper reports an evaluation of the West Midlands Key Skills initiative that provides a framework for learning during vocational training (VT). Method:The 48 vocational dental practitioners (VDPs) who began their VT in August 2001 in the West Midlands were surveyed at the start and end of training (45 completed both surveys). They rated their confidence and experience in the 31 components of the Six Key Skills on visual analogue scales. Views were elicited in a survey of both VDPs (47 returns) and their general practice trainers (44 returns). Semi-structured interviews were also held with a stratified sample of 9 trainers and all four VT advisors. Results: In terms of VDP progress, a statistically significant increase in confidence and experience was found in each of the 31 components. Six themes were identified in the views data. (i) Supporting the development of Key Skills; (ii) workload implications; (iii) the right six? (iv) links with the advanced diploma (MFGDP(UK)); (v) assessment of VT; and (vi) consistency and quality assurance. Conclusion: VT successfully develops the confidence and experience of newly qualified dentists in the Six Key Skills and has been well received by the majority of VDPs, trainers and advisors in the West Midlands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2004


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