Association for Dental Education in Europe

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ADEE 2021 SIG Session: Intraprofessional Education

Thursday, 3rd June 2021 - 16:00 to 18:00
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120 minutes

Special Interest Group on Intraprofessional Education in Dental Education
Session synopsis: 

In addition to running five year dentistry programmes, dental schools in many European countries, including Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Portugal, Sweden, Slovakia, Spain and Norway are running either two year diploma or three year degree programmes for the study of dental hygiene, with or without dental therapy.

In the vast majority of these countries, the teaching of dental hygiene students takes place separately from the teaching of dental students, often with limited or no interaction at all between these two student groups. This is unfortunate and counterproductive for several reasons:

  1. There is considerable curricular overlap in the teaching of dental hygiene students and dental students, which could be delivered within the ‘dental team’ and in an intraprofessional environment; thereby facilitating interprofessional collaboration and the concept of team training from early on in the education of students of dentistry and dental hygiene
  2. Dental students and hygiene students do not learn to work together as part of a team during their training; thereby making it more difficult to interact with each other in terms of direct communication and treatment planning, let alone practising effective shared patient care during training
  3. Following graduation, dentists and hygienists will not have learnt to work together functioning as a team. This makes it more difficult for them to professionally interact with each other practicing team based dentistry and providing holistic patient care, including the complex care needed for an aging population and patients with chronic diseases

To address the above shortcomings in the education of both dental students and dental hygiene students, it is essential to adopt a more integrated approach based on intraprofessional education (IPE) and team training in a shared learning environment. The term “IPE” refers to occasions when students from two or more healthcare professions learn together during all or part of their professional training with the objective of cultivating collaborative team practice to improve the quality of patient care at the individual and population level. This definition is adapted from that used by the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education.


16:00 Welcome to the Intraprofessional Education SIG

16:05 Presentation covering various aspects of Intraprofessional Education

16:30 Breakout room discussion 

17:00 Plenary Feeedback and conclusions 

17:30 Ends

Learning Outcomes: 

The learning outcomes for the SIG on intra-professional education (IPE) are:

  1. To understand competencies, capabilities and skills students need to develop to become effective members of intraprofessional dental teams
  2. To understand how intraprofessional education could be promoted to academics and clinical teachers responsible for and involved in the education of the future dental workforce 
  3. To Identify teaching methods that could advance the goal of intraprofessional education to foster team-based education and high-quality shared patient care.
Call for Abstracts: 

A call for abstracts is not open for this session, however full delegates participation will be encouraged on the session.

Video - delegate access only: 

Igor R. Blum

DDS (Hons), PhD, Dr Med Dent, MSc, MFDS RCS (Eng), MFDS RCS (Edin), FDS (Rest Dent) RCS, FFGDP(UK), FCGDent, PGCHE, FHEA, LLM (Medico-Legal)

Dr Igor Blum qualified with DDS honours from Semmelweis University, Budapest, in 1995. Following graduation, he completed an MSc in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in 1997 and a PhD in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester in 2002. Whilst doing his PhD in Manchester Igor also completed a Dr med dent degree at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany in 2002.

Subsequently Igor completed vocational training and spent several years in general dental practice whilst working part time at the Manchester Dental Hospital. In 2004 he completed the membership examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

In 2005 Igor was appointed Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at the University Dental Hospital of Bristol where he also completed the 5-year higher Specialist Clinical Training Programme in Restorative Dentistry. Following successful completion of the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination he was appointed Consultant/Hon. Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at King’s College Hospital. and

In 2018 Igor was appointed as Reader/Hon. Consultant in Primary Dental Care & Advanced General Dental Practice and Director of Dental Outreach Education at King’s College London. This was followed by appointment as Clinical Lead and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at King's College Hospital Dental Institute.

Igor has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally. He is the author of over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, five book chapters, and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Primary Dental Journal, the international flagship publication of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). Igor was awarded a Fellowship ad Eundem by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) as recognition for his services to dental education and raising standards of dentistry in the UK.

He is editorial board member for the Journal of Dentistry and the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. In addition, he is an examiner for postgraduate dental qualifications at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and acts as external examiner at various Universities, nationally and internationally.

Igor is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and he is Visiting Professor at the College of Dentistry, University of Florida (USA) and at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Debrecen (Hungary).

Chris Louca

Director and Head of the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, UK.

Prof Chris Louca is Director and Head of the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, UK. He is responsible for the undergraduate and postgraduate education of dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental nurses, with a strong emphasis on intra-and inter-professional learning. Chris has over 30 years’ experience of  teaching, research, innovation and international accreditation/consultancy in dentistry.  He has supervised several PhD and over 80 MSc students and has led the development of several new and innovative degree and non-degree based courses for dentistry. He presents his work regularly at international conferences and has published widely. He received the Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) Mature Career Dental Educator Award in 2015. 

Clare McIlwaine 

Programme Director for the BSc Dental Therapy and Hygiene course at Kings College London

Clare McIlwaine started her career in dentistry as a dental nurse in 1996. After 8 years in the dental nursing profession, she went on to study Dental Hygiene and Therapy at King's College London. In 2009 she joined the Peninsula Dental School, University of Plymouth, and in 2013 lead the implantation of the BSc Dental Therapy and Hygiene programme, placing Inter-Professional Education at the core of the curriculum.

Clare is currently the Programme Director for the new BSc Dental Therapy and Hygiene course at King's College London. Clare is passionate about shared teaching, learning and assessment, and actively advocates IPE and teamwork within dental education and the profession.

Barry. F. A. Quinn


Dr Barry Quinn is Clinical Senior Lecturer in Simulation and Team-based Clinical Education and an Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry Prosthodontics, Endodontics and Periodontics, at King’s College London. Barry is presently the Secretary General of ADEE and a Past President of the Education Research Group of IADR 2018-2020 and metropolitan branch of the British Dental Association, an educational associate for the General Dental Council, UK and an AMEE simulation committee member. He is a member of the UNESCO International Federation for Information Processing working group 3.3 and on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Dental Education and Journal of Dental Education. Barry is presently on an FDI working group developing oral health educational material for health care workers caring for patients with cancer. In 2016, ADEE awarded Barry the Interprofessional Educators award and he is also a past recipient of the ADEE Mature Educators award (2013). Barry completed a PhD in simulation education and was the clinical lead in the multi-award winning research project hapTEL at King’s College London, which developed and evaluated a virtual reality haptic clinical simulator.

Yvonne Nyblom

Registered Dental Hygienist, Sweden

Ms Nyblom qualified as dental assistant in 1977 and as registered dental hygienist from Luleå Healthcare college 1981.

Following several years in private and public oral health care as an employ and also as an independent practitioner. The final years of 1990s holding a position as public dental clinic coordinator.

In 2000 Ms Nyblom underwent basic research training at Skaraborgs Institute. In 2004 the study Caries risk grouping of children in Falköping, a register study on children and adolescents who had been examined and risk evaluated at four public clinics, was completed.

 Ms Nyblom has during her professional life been engaged in the Swedish Dental hygienist association (SDHA) and by that the dental hygienist’s professional development. To begin with as chairman of the Gothenburg chapter of SDHA. In 2002 she entered the board of the SDHA and became the president in 2008, a position she still holds.

Ms Nyblom is international director in the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) and during 2010-2013 she chaired the Education and research committee in IFDH.

The SDHA became a member of the European Dental Hygienist Federation (EDHF) in 2011, since 2012 Ms Nyblom is the president of the EDHF.

To raise awareness about the dental hygienist role and striving to harmonise dental hygienist education in Europe has been the main focus as president. 2020 EDHF published the Common Education Curriculum for dental hygiene in Europe in the European Journal of Dental Education in Europe.

Anthony Roberts

Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Vice Dean Teaching Curriculum, Head of Restorative Dentistry & Dental Hygiene, Cork University Dental School and Hospital/UCC

Prof Anthony Roberts qualified with BDS Honours in 1996 having also completed an Intercalated Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Physiology in 1993.  Following completion of his primary dental degree, he worked in General Dental Practice as a Vocational Dental Practitioner and then in a variety of Senior House Officer positions.

Subsequently Anthony was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry in 1998 and completed his Fellowship in Dental Surgery in 1999.  His main interest within Restorative Dentistry is Periodontology and he embarked on a clinical academic training programme resulting in the completion of his PhD (2006) and a Specialist Training Programme in Restorative Dentistry (2007).

Anthony’s research was awarded the prestigious ‘Sir Wilfred Fish Prize’ from the British Society of Periodontology (2006) and in recognition of his teaching/educational contributions was awarded the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007) and awarded a Personal Chair in Dental Education (2012).  Anthony is Professor/Consultant of Restorative Dentistry (Periodontology) at Cork University Dental School and Hospital, Ireland.  Anthony is the Head of Restorative Dentistry and the Academic and Clinical Lead for the Dental Hygiene Programme, is Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning for the School and is also the Chair of Education and Training for the Dental Council of Ireland. 

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