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Dentistry school standards criticised

12th October 2011

The General Dental Council (GDC) has aimed severe criticism at the School of Dentistry at Queen’s University in Belfast.


The GDC, which regulates dental professionals, found that a lack of communication between senior managers had damaged the education of dental students and was putting the safety of the public at risk.

It called for urgent action to remedy the situation, including the need for greater modernisation of the training programmes for students, improved leadership and more specialist teachers.

The interim report said: “There is very poor communication between the various parties involved in the delivery of the programme and an overall lack of joined-up thinking.”

The training programme will be deemed sufficient pending a re-inspection in early 2012.

During the inspection, over a two-day period last May, inspectors found that students who were meant to gain their practical experience at the Royal School of Dentistry on the Falls Road site were failing to do so as timetables did not include enough clinical sessions.

Professor Patrick Johnston, Dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, said the team had already taken on board much of what the inspectors had said.

“Now it’s time to move forward,” he said. “We recognise there was a lack of communication between the various bodies and that may have impacted on students.”

Measures addressing some of the issues have already been put in place. An additional four new posts have been filled with three more to be created within the next six months.


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