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Skill-mix in the dental team: future directions and support mechanisms

Bullock, Alison ORCID:, Barnes, Emma ORCID:, Moons, Kirstie, Chestnutt, Ivor G. ORCID: and Cowpe, Jonathan 2018. Skill-mix in the dental team: future directions and support mechanisms. Dental Health: The Journal of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy 57 , pp. 29-31.

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It is a time of change: in patient demographics and treatment needs; in the composition of dental teams; and in NHS dental contracts and arrangements for Direct Access. Although studies across the health service reveal benefits from better use of skill-mix, there are significant barriers to the optimisation of skill-mix in dental practice. To help practices to optimise skill-mix, we developed and tested a whole-team self-evaluation tool. The Skills Optimiser Self-Evaluation Tool (SOSET) is a process that has a team meeting with a Quality Improvement (QI) tutor at its core. During the session, the team discusses the descriptions of four criteria or levels within each of the seven dimensions. The team celebrates areas where the practice is doing really well and agrees priorities for improvement. A ‘Sources of Help and Advice’ document is provided, and the QI Tutor may also offer further resources. The development of the SOSET was based on an analysis of existing evidence and its usefulness for setting objectives for optimising dental team skill-mix has been demonstrated in the pilot testing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy
ISSN: 0011-8605
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 April 2019
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2023 20:26

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