Career pathways in dentistry
Structured Career Pathways for dentists and the whole dental team are at the heart of our vision for the future of Primary Care dentistry.
We are grateful for the support of Colgate in enabling the development of our Career Pathways programme.
Our approach is:
- Patient- and profession-centred: recognising the mutual interest in a trusting and supportive relationship
- Structured and evidence-based: drawing on the experience of other professions;
- Consultative: involving practitioners who appreciate the different facets of practice;
- Authoritative: engaging with the agencies and institutions whose recognition will enhance credibility of the professional standing we represent;
- Accessible: meaningful and relevant to the dental team and the range of roles that individuals perform;
- Embracing diversity within our professional constituencies.
The College’s Career Pathways are underpinned by our membership structure and qualifications, fostering career-long professionalism. For the first time, our members will be able to take an integrated approach to their development and progression.
For more information on the approach we have taken and the dental professionals who continue to work on the next stages of the programme, please see below.
Dental Nursing & Orthodontic Therapy Group
Dental Hygiene & Dental Therapy Group
Dental Technology & Clinical Dental Technology Group
Dental Practitioners Group
The Professional Framework
The Professional Framework describes the knowledge, skills and other attributes that primary care dentists and other dental professionals may aspire to at different stages of their career.
A Professional Statement describes the typical level of performance by a practitioner in each of those attributes, at one of those career stages
Our initial Framework identifies five “domains” to describe knowledge, skills and other attributes:
|Clinical||The capability to diagnose, to advise and to treat|
|Professionalism||The conduct and behaviour to engage patient trust and confidence|
|Reflection||Awareness of personal impact, abilities and limitations|
|Development||Commitment and capability to improve the service to patients|
|Agency||The ability to resolve solutions independently and through others|
Each career stage will be accompanied by a description of the capability (identified in the Professional Framework) that is expected of the practitioner at that level.
College membership will provide clear evidence of career standing for every member of the dental team.
We are planning to convene Faculties of the College for the various dental team roles, each of which will have a membership structure that reflects that same progression from “safe beginner” to “accomplished practitioner” – from Associate Member to Fellow. Membership of a Faculty will go hand-in-hand with College membership, for no additional membership contribution.
Watch this space for news of the development of our Faculties.
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