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Article: Volume 42 Number 3 Page 215 - April 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 215-218

Patient-Centred Care:  The Francis Report – Implications for the Education and Training of Dental Professionals

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Abstract: This paper explores the implications of the Francis Report for education of the dental team. It considers selection of candidates for training, issues relating to the curriculum itself, including assessment and the importance of listening to trainees. The overriding importance of the ‘informal’ or ‘hidden’ curriculum, through which students and trainees observe their teachers and develop a sense of the professional and ethical culture within an educational institution, is stressed.

Clinical relevance: Sound education, rooted in the recognized ethical principles highlighted in the Francis Report, is essential to the delivery of a dental work force that will deliver care according to the fundamental standards laid down by the GDC.

Author notes: Vince Bissell, BChD, PhD, FDS RCS(Ed), MRDCS(Ed), FDS RCPS(Glasg), FHEA, Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education, Glasgow Dental School, 378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JZ and David H Felix, BDS, MB ChB, FDS RCS(Eng), FDS RCPS(Glasg), FDS RCS(Ed), FRCPE, Dean of Postgraduate Dental Education, NHS Education for Scotland, Westport 102, Edinburgh EH3 9DN, UK.

Objective: To understand the responsibilities upon those delivering education to dental team members of ensuring that the central tenets of the Francis Report are considered and incorporated, both in the didactic and hidden curricula.

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