Article: Volume 45 Number 5 Page 449 - May 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 449-454

Primary Care Dental Practice:  Skill Mix - the Challenges for Practice

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Abstract: Skill mix is a term that has started to appear in the dental arena over the last few years. The intention of this article is to enable the reader to appreciate what the term means, its relationship to the scope of practice of the various members of the dental team, offer a consideration of the economics of using a broad skill mix approach within primary care dental practice, and consider possible implications that skill mix may have on the delivery of dental services to our patients in the future.

Clinical relevance: This article will assist those involved in the delivery of dental services to patients within the practice setting, to appreciate some of the opportunities as well as challenges that exist in utilizing a skill mix approach, as well as considering further potential changes that it may bring about in the delivery of care to patients in the future.

Author notes: Phillip Cannell, FDT RCS(Ed), FFGDP RCS(Eng), MSc, MFGDP(UK), PCMedEd, BDS, Professor in Oral Health Science, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex, Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1LW, UK.

Objective: To explain the concepts of a skill mix approach to healthcare and the economic, regulatory and manpower challenges involved in its implementation. Enhanced CPD DO C & DO B