Identification of the perceived ongoing Continuing Professional Development needs of six dentists at the end of Dental Foundation Training with Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex

Alina Grossman, Debbie Reed


Aim: This project aimed to identify the ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of six dentists at the end of Dental Foundation Training (DFT) with Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS), in relation to the gap between self-perceived and optimum competence levels across a range of learning areas in the DFT curriculum. Method: Qualitative Case Study methodology was used. Six dentists were interviewed by the investigator using Repertory Grid based semi-structured interviews. Data was analysed by thematic analysis. Results: Dentists perceived that CPD activities were required to develop knowledge, skill, attitudes and behaviour. Other supportive CPD activities were perceived to aid this development. Individual circumstances were perceived to either facilitate or impede opportunities for development. Conclusion: A range of CPD activities are required at the end of DFT, including passive learning activities, practical experience, practical courses, exposure to a range of patients, and support and guidance from colleagues. Individual circumstances may be barriers to, or opportunities for, securing such CPD activities.


Dental, CPD, DFT Curriculum, Case Study

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