Oral Medicine concerns the oral health care of patients with chronic, recurrent and medically related disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region. The key difference from either the specialties of Oral Surgery or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is that the emphasis in Oral Medicine is on conditions that are primarily managed without the need for surgery. The scope of Oral Medicine practice includes oral mucosal conditions, salivary gland disease and chronic orofacial pain with some conditions reflecting an oral manifestation of an underlying systemic problem.
All trainees will be subject to an annual ARCP, as per the Dental Gold Guide (fourth edition, 2016). The ARCP provides a formal process which uses the evidence gathered by the trainee, relating to his/her progress in the training programme (Dental Gold Guide, fourth edition, 2016 p21).
The ARCP process is applicable to:
- specialty trainees
- academic trainees
- trainees that are out of programme
- post CCST trainees
Trainees will, wherever possible, be given twelve weeks notice of the date of their ARCP to collate their evidence. The timeline for the ARCP process is available here. All evidence should be available to the ARCP panel on ISCP.
The following documents should be completed on ISCP:
- Collated Clinical Supervisors Outcome Form (found in Learning Agreement)
- Log Book
- Educational Supervisor's Structured Report (found in Learning Agreement
If for any reason you are unable to complete these forms electronically, please email DentalSupport.email@example.com for a paper copy, which can be uploaded in to the "other evidence" section of ISCP.
The following documents should be completed and sent to DentalSupport.firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the ARCP:
Academic trainees will also be required to complete a Report on Academic Progress.
Any trainees exiting their programme (final ARCP) are asked to complete the Destination Survey.
Please note that all documents require a handwritten or an electronic signature. Typed signatures will not be accepted by the SAC.
Trainees appointed to North Yorkshire
There are close working relationships with the University of Leeds and wide-ranging opportunities for research in the specialty. Application can be made to Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber to take time out of the specialty training programme to allow a period of formal research training. A period of research is not a requirement of specialty training in Oral Medicine although trainees have to reach the outcomes with respect to critical appraisal of research studies of relevance to Oral Medicine clinical practice.
Trainees appointed to South Yorkshire
There are close working relationships between the Sheffield School of Clinical Dentistry and Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a coordinated research strategy approach is taken for the School and Dental Hospital. Opportunities for research in the specialty exist. A period of research is not a requirement of specialty training in Oral Medicine, although trainees must reach the necessary competencies with respect to critical appraisal of research studies relevant to Oral Medicine clinical practice. Application may be considered by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber for time out of the specialty training programme should a trainee wish to consider a period of formal research training.
Trainees will be supported to attend courses and educational opportunities that are required to satisfy the curriculum. Those courses and educational opportunities that are supported are detailed on commencement of a specialty training programme.
Please visit the Study Leave Guidance.
Testimonial from former trainee:
"I am very fortunate to train in oral medicine at Leeds Dental Institute! It is a very excellent training in terms of content. The catchment area is wide thus provide and wide range of case mixes. Attending specialist clinics like dermatology and Rheumatology also helped to broaden my range of knowledge for specialist oral medicine career. Most importantly is the support from Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber at all stages of my training; coupled with excellent training environment within the department. I had second to none opportunities and relished every moment of my training!"
Dr. C. J. Oke-Nwosu
SpR Oral Medicine
Every specialty trainee whether in pre- or post-CCST training is allowed to request a Period of Grace (PoG). This period, which is generally six months, is part of the Terms and Conditions of the StR contract of employment. The aim of the PoG is to allow time to look for suitable employment.
Once a trainee has accepted a Consultant post or Locum Consultant post, they must resign from their training programme with effect from either their end of training date or following the appropriate period of notice (See Termination below for full details). In doing so the trainees National Training Number (NTN) is relinquished and the right to a Period of Grace is given up. There is no option to return to training after this.
The standard Period of Grace is six calendar months. There is no pro-rata modification for less than full time working. The period of grace will start on the CCST/end of training date whether or not a CCST has been applied for by the trainee.
You can apply for a period of grace by using this form.
The decision has been made to include patient feedback in to the ARCP requirements for dental specialty trainees.
This should be completed in ST1 - and ST4 if you are in a post-CCST training programme.
The process will be as follows:
- Place your name on the patient feedback form (attached) provided and prints out 30 copies. Please also provide self-seal envelopes with the name of your Educational Supervisor written on them.
- The forms and envelopes are handed out to 30 consecutive patients (by either you or the clinic nurse) to complete and hand in to the Receptionist.
- Receptionist collects and forwards/internal posts on to the Educational Supervisor named on the envelopes.
- A minimum of 20 responses is required for validation. Once that number is received, the Educational Supervisor hands them back to you to collate and tabulate the responses including comments. You should then share and discuss this with your Educational Supervisor at one of your routine meetings. Any development needs identified can be added to your PDP.
- Trainee uploads collated and validated responses to ePortfolio (if not a specialty that has an online portfolio).
You can find a patient feedback template here.