A FACULTY to support dental trainers has been established by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The Faculty of Dental Trainers is the first of its kind in the UK and will focus on promoting, recognising and rewarding teaching, training and education in dentistry. It is intended to provide a framework to promote and guide dental trainers throughout their educational careers.
The faculty will be open to all qualified members of the dental team working in the UK and internationally: dentists, dental nurses, dental hygienists, dental therapists, technicians and orthodontic therapists who can demonstrate their involvement in appropriate dental training. It will provide support and guidance for career development in dental training, as well as establishing a platform for recognised dental trainers.
The new faculty will offer three levels of membership, Associate, Member (MFDTEd) and Fellow (FFDTEd).
Dr Sarah Manton, vice-dean of the RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery and project lead, said: "We are absolutely delighted to launch this new Faculty, which will cater for the specific needs of those involved in the delivery of dental training and education.
"The FDT’s membership structure has been designed to be broad and inclusive. Not only does this reflect modern dental practice, but it also allows the new Faculty to welcome and provide recognition for as many dental trainers as possible."