Outcomes of COPDEND funded Research Projects 2009-2010

In 2009 COPDEND agreed to provide funding to support topics surrounding dental education and training. In this first round of applications 11 applications for funding were received. Following a shortlisting and interview process four projects were successful in their bids for funding.


Alison Bullock, Cardiff University – Competency Assessment for Performers List Entry for those without a Vocational Training Certificate or Exemption

The principle aim of the study was to scope current practice in competency by assessment across postgraduate dental deaneries and identify exemplars of good practice. The competency by assessment process was compared with the process and standards applied to DF1 (formerly VT) within the dental foundation programme.

The outcome of this work was to share good practice and make recommendations to improve the quality and equity of the competency by assessment process.

The full report can be downloaded here.


Brian Grieveson, Edge Hill University – An Evaluation of the Work Based Assessment in Dental Foundation Training

The aim of this pilot study, conducted in the Mersey deanery, was to evaluate the effectiveness of Work Based Assessments in Dental Foundation Training in helping improve clinical skills both from the trainee and trainer’s perspective.

The evaluation happened in two parts –

  • a questionnaire to FDs and DF1 Trainers
  • a second questionnaire to DF2s and Educational Supervisors in Secondary Care (F2)

Focus groups for each of the four groups were held during the training year with the aim of evaluating the impact of work based assessment on training and improving standards of care for patients.

The conclusions of the study were that the WBAs are highly effective in conjunction with the rest of the Dental Foundation Training portfolio in demonstrating many of the competencies and help produce a compliant, caring practitioner during the Dental Foundation Year. The project has been extended to undertake a national survey throughout England.

The current outcomes of the project, as published by the BDJ, can be downloaded here.


Jon Bennett, Peninsular Dental School – The Use of Progress Testing in the Evaluation of the Specific Educational Needs of Dental Vocational Trainees

The aims of this study were to use progress testing, a contemporary assessment tool, to characterise specific areas in which the knowledge-base of newly qualified dentists may require reinforcement and extension.

The objectives of this project were to

  • Test the validity of a progress test with the new graduates completing their DF1 training year
  • To determine the value of this test as a measure of the outcomes of BDS programmes during initial exposure to the dental working environment
  • To characterise areas of particular educational need during the period of consolidation and introduction to practice which follow graduation.

The summary of the final report can be downloaded here.


Sue Morison, Centre for Excellence in Interprofessional Education (CEIPE) - Developing teamwork skills in the UK Dental Foundation Training Programme

The aim of this study was twofold:

  1. To collate data on where, when, what and how team working skills are taught in Dental Foundation programmes, undergraduate curricula and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes.
  2. To capture the views of Foundation Dentists, undergraduates and practitioners on their experience of learning and practising team working skills in the Dental Foundation programmes, undergraduate curricula and CPD programmes respectively.

The final report can be downloaded here.