DCT Restorative Dentistry - Sheffield
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have two DCT posts (DCT2 & DT3) based within the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital. These posts involve you working as part of a wider team that involves consultants, registrars, dental nurses, staff dental hygiene/therapists, specialty dentists and the on-site laboratory team.
Training is multidisciplinary and encompasses all aspects of restorative dentistry with the idea to develop skills.
A typical week includes: five treatment sessions, one consultant clinic new patient session, one undergraduate teaching session, one designated learning session (usually StR led), one administrative & one SPA (supporting professional activity) session. Furthermore, there are supervised treatment sessions (polyclinics) which are an excellent opportunity to develop your clinical skills under the tutelage of a consultant.
New patient consultant clinics are generally either, a mix of restorative dentistry cases or targeted to one of the three monospecialties; periodontics, prosthodontics or endodontics dependent upon the consultant.
These posts provide an opportunity to develop your portfolio during but rely on the DCT to be proactive and well organised. Possible projects that can be undertaken during this year include involvement in quality improvement projects, audit/research & undergraduate teaching. We also have a weekly journal club where cases are presented to the rest of the team (StRs and Consultants) and where we critically appraise dental literature. This has proven invaluable for those that have gone on to specialist training.