Oral Surgery is the surgical specialty of dentistry. It includes the diagnosis, surgery and related treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Oral surgeons work in primary and secondary care depending on the needs and complexities of the patient. They work closely with general dental practitioners and other specialists in dentistry, medicine and surgery.
Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber offers training in Oral Surgery at two of our OMFS units in the region Hull (http://www.hey.nhs.uk/ ) and Wakefield (http://www.midyorks.nhs.uk/main.cfm). These units provide a challenging and exciting training environment.
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.
Please note that all documents require a handwritten or an electronic signature. Typed signatures will not be accepted by the SAC.
The training follows the syllabus set down by the General Dental Council:
After three years the trainee will be expected to sit for the Membership in Oral Surgery examination. This is a tri-collegiate specialist examination from the Edinburgh, England, Glasgow Dental Surgery Faculties.
Completion of this leads to specialist status on the GDC specialty lists. Training to consultant level can be obtained with further separate training in the extended competencies as outlined by the curriculum.
There are opportunities to attend national meetings such as the BAOS annual conference and the Oral Surgery pertinent study days from BAOS and RCS courses.
The Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme Website
This site houses the curriculum for the dental specialties and, in a secure area, trainees’ electronic portfolios and the learning agreements which support training.
All trainees will eventually use the e-portfolio but this will be done on a rolling programme by specialty. Consultants and other professionals who will be training, assessing and supervising training will also need to register.
Trainees are encouraged to complete audits and publish papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as present at regional and national conferences.
As this is a relatively new programme there is no formal research component to the training. However for those trainees wishing to carry out a research project support and advice will be available. There are also courses on research planning and statistics that are available in the region on the education pages.
Nationally there is a project on bisphosphonate related jaw necrosis (BRONJ) that all Oral surgeons are participating in and this will have a huge impact on the future management of this group of patients requiring oral surgery.
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 present trainee:
"I am really enjoying my time on the oral surgery training pathway. The deanery is really supportive and provides plenty of learning opportunities."
StR OS Mid Yorkshire Hospitals
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.
HEE want to ensure that your training is enjoyable and that it allows you to fulfil your curriculum requirements.
Should you experience any problems or have any concerns during you training, there are a number of people in place to help.
If you wish to raise concerns please follow the process described in this flowchart.