Dental students' perceptions of their experience at a residential outreach centre

D. R. Radford*, P. Hellyer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Introduction The Portsmouth Dental Academy delivers an interprofessional education to dental students on outreach placement from King's College London Dental Institute.Aim To establish what the dental students' attitudes to the placement are and how these correlate to the perceptions of the staff who work with them.Method Using Delphi consensus procedures, a simple, closed, two-question questionnaire was developed. The questionnaire was completed by the students and then, to triangulate the results, was subsequently applied to staff who teach and assist them on clinic.Results To the question: Why do you think the experience that is commonly termed the 'Portsmouth experience' is so successful 'in the eyes of the students'?, the students ranked first the response: 'Students gain experience in primary dental care clinical practice under the current NHS contract - UDAs and KPIs'. To the second question: What do you think the students most enjoyed about working in Portsmouth?, the students ranked first: 'A sense of independence - being made to make their own decisions'.Conclusion The students' major perception of the 'Portsmouth experience' centres around the placement being a realistic preparation for their future practising career. This is combined with a strong sense of belonging when studying and working at the Academy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-174
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2015


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