British Association of Dental Therapists

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Direct Access Webinar
An introduction to a patient journey.

7th December 2020
7:00PM – 9:00PM

An introduction to a patient journey through direct access Monday 7th December 2020 7pm – 9pm, Live webinar.
£12.00 for BADT Members
£22.00 for Non BADT Members
Costs Subsidised By BADT

Aim: An introduction to increase knowledge and confidence of how to undertake direct access on dental patients.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the event delegates will be able to:

 Discuss the consent, indemnity, triage and medico legal issues for a direct access patient.

 Recognise medical conditions/medications that might impact on treatment.

 Describe how to undertake a full patient history, to include dental, social, E/O and I/O assessment, periodontal, caries and oral cancer screening

 Identify normal and abnormal lesions within the oral cavity.

 Recognise features on radiographs to aid treatment.

 Discuss how to formulate a treatment plan for the direct access patient.

 Recognise when to refer patients to another relevant clinician/health care professional.

Course Speakers
Mrs Leigh Ann Randell: Clinical Lecturer, Dental Therapist
Leigh Ann Randell qualified as a Dental Therapist and Hygienist at the Royal London Hospital in 1997. She undertook the BSc in Dental Studies at UCLAN in 2013, a PGCE in Further Education in 2014 and PGDip in FE in 2020. Upon qualification she has worked for many years as a Dental Therapist and Hygienist in Community Dental Services, Personal Dental Services, Private and NHS practices. Leigh Ann is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Liverpool Dental Hospital providing clinical teaching and lectures to the new Collaborative Learning Core Curriculum for BSc and BDS students. Previously Leigh Ann has been on the council of the British Association of Dental Therapists holding various positions including executive posts such as Chairperson and President.

Mrs Vicky Kewley: Honorary Specialist in Paediatric and Special Care Dentistry

Vicky Kewley qualified in Dentistry from Liverpool University in 1990. She then undertook a VT post in GDP in Liverpool and continued as an associate for one year following that. She then worked for the Liverpool Community dental service for 2 years, during which time she undertook her Masters in Dental Science in Paediatric Dentistry. Vicky worked as a Dental Officer in the Blackburn Community Dental service where she gained the appropriate clinical experience needed to undertake the 2nd part of the Fellowship in Dental Surgery (Royal College of Edinburgh) in 1995. Vicky reports that she always had an interest in the medically compromised patient and on taking up a post with Chorley & South Ribble NHS Trust as a senior dental officer, there gained a great deal of experience of working with both adult and paediatric complex patients. This post evolved from a community dental post to a hospital-based post where she undertook care for patients under GA, sedation, in theatre, outpatients and domiciliary basis. She acquired a diploma in Conscious sedation in 2002 as well as being accepted onto the specialist lists for Paediatric and Special Care dentistry during that period of employment. In 2011 she took up an academic post at the University of Liverpool as Director of the Combined Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, a role which ceased (bar 1 student) in December 2019.

Vicky continues her other clinical roles within the dental school, namely teaching on phantom head, facilitating problem-based learning sessions, paediatric dentistry undergraduate teaching and session supervision within the oral diagnosis clinic (dental A & E). She continues to provide sedation teaching also.​

Vicky has very much supported training for DCPs during her career, having performed for many years as an examiner for the NEBDN national exam and post qualification certificate in conscious sedation (as was). She also directed the post qualification certificate programme in Special Care Dentistry for some years as part of Liverpool CPD courses.

Mr Dave Martin: Dental Therapist, BADT International Liaison Officer

Dave works in general dental practice in the greater Manchester area. He has previously held a tutor posts at Leeds and Liverpool Universities and now periodically helps deliver restorative updates for Foundation Therapists.

Dave currently sits on BADT council as International Liaison Officer. Since qualifying in 2001 he has been involved with many developments within the profession. As chair of BADT he was also involved with the processes of direct access prior to its approval, by the GDC IN 2013.