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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 12/08/2022 10:46:09

Title of Module: Dental Nurse Additional Skills

Code: VHNM09002 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Claire  Manning

Summary of Module

The General Dental Council’s Scope of Practice has increased and expanded the legislative range of duties that a dental nurse can perform. This change has resulted in the dental nurse enhancing their role by being more involved with client care; this extends from supporting planned treatment to supporting the management and prevention of oral disease including those with special needs.

This module is designed to develop the additional skills, knowledge and expertise of GDC registered dental nurses to enable them to demonstrate initiative and independence as they apply a range of prescribed practical skills and techniques.

Patient  safety, quality assurance  and competence are the overriding principles and student skills will be further developed by engaging with simulated learning experiences. This module is critical to the delivery of safe, client centred, evidence based care.

To promote accessibility, anticipatory adjustments have been made to teaching and learning strategies. Further reasonable adjustments can be made to students who have been assessed as requiring specialist adjustments.

The learning and teaching strategies on this module contribute to the development of UWS graduate attributes The learning and teaching strategies on this module contribute to the development of UWS graduate attributes. See link:


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:







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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Critically appraise a range of additional practical skills which support client care.

L2. Apply a range of additional practical skills and techniques to support client care within a simulated and clinical environment.

L3. Apply evidence-based theory of additional dental nursing skills in relation to the delivery of safe, client-centred care.

L4. Interpret and evaluate numerical data in order to accurately establish client status and deliver appropriate treatment.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Display a critical understanding of a need to apply evidenced based theory and relate this to skills delivery.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Practice essential dental nursing skills in a simulated setting, prior to practice in dental environment:

Consolidation of dental and oral anatomy; verbal and non-verbal communication; knowledge of treatment methods, types, technique and application of topical treatments; medicine management; instrument preparation and management; dental suture removal and wound care; measuring and recording of plaque indices and recording of accurate data.

Scope of practice Standards for dental care professionals.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Evaluate the theory supporting skills acquisition and how this impacts on practice.

Undertake self-directed study drawing on a range of resources to assist understanding of evidence based practice.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Display effective communication strategies to relay information to clients and dental/ lecturing team.

Make effective use of information technology or other sources to retrieve, record and store information.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrate accountability whilst working within the dental team, supporting clients and effectively contributing within the learning environment.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
A variety of learning and teaching strategies will be utilised including lectures, workshops, tutorials, enquiry based learning and simulated practice. Support and guidance will be available from the module team. Additional support for teaching and learning can be individualised for those students with enabling support needs.The learning and teaching strategies on this module contribute to the development of UWS graduate attributes as outlined in “I am UWS” see link:
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery10
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop14
Independent Study164
Personal Development Plan2
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Field, J. (2015) Pre-Clinical Dental Skills at a Glance (At a Glance (Dentistry)). West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.

Nisha, G. and Amit, G. (2019) Textbook of Operative Dentistry.3rd ed. New Delhi: Japee Brothers Medical Publishers

General Dental Council Standards for Dental Professionals (online) Available:

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardMidwifery & Specialist Nursing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelMidwifery & Specialist Nursing DAB
ModeratorKate Wilson
External ExaminerV Hewson
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Practical: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)check markcheck markcheck markcheck mark1000.5
Combined Total For All Components100% 0.5 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Please refer to NCL's equality and diversity policy:
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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