Paul Blaylock's blog on the National Recruitment Process following the release of the BDA's DFT survey is available below.
have announced that the Dental Foundation Training start date has moved
to September for 2014 and the Core Training start date will move to
September for 2015. The full press release is available on the COPDEND website.
The BDA's Student Debt survey has been sent out to eligible final year dental students. Details of the survey can be found on research pages of the BDA's website. The survey will run until 13 May 2013.
A report of the focus groups on student debt which took place at the Committee meeting in October 2012 is also published today.
Read Paul Blaylock's blog following the Student Committee meeting.
National Recruitment for DFT - How should it look?
most students will now be aware, National Recruitment is critical to
securing your ideal Dental Foundation Training placement in England,
Wales and Northern Ireland at the start of your career. The BDA has
surveyed our members who have recently undertaken National Recruitment
and the results have been published.
If you are still at Dental
School, now is your chance to feed into the process to refine National
Recruitment through the Students Committee and your local
representatives. Let them know what changes you would like to see before
our next Committee meeting in September when we will be discussing this
Here are a few issues from the survey for you to consider:
lot of students felt that examiner calibration was lacking, despite the
online training which took place, with some examiners described as
friendly and others as unhelpful. How much verbal and non-verbal
feedback do you want from the examiners during the interview? Some
students also felt that there was a lack of guidance for examiners on
the correct answers to the scenarios. Do you think there should be a
strict mark scheme with no room for interpretation?
concern was that candidates did not enjoy being interviewed by
clinicians who teach or supervise them at dental school and found it
unfair. I interviewed several such students in National Recruitment last
year and experienced a range of reactions. How would you feel if you
were interviewed by your regular tutor from dental school, and would you
prefer it not to happen?
A significant number of respondents
wanted achievements from dental school to be considered in the process.
Development of a reproducible Educational Performance Measure to
incorporate this would not be easy, as discussed at the previous
Students Committee meeting, but would you like the BDA to encourage
further work in this area?
Over half of participants felt that
they were not given enough information to enable them to decide which
schemes to apply for on the application form. What information is most
important to you when making this decision?
differences were highlighted in local processes around the UK for the
allocation to practices. Would you prefer all areas to do it in the same
way, and should this include an event where you meet the trainers and
are able to express a choice of practice?
are currently notified just after Christmas, but a significant number of
respondents would prefer to know before Christmas as happened in the
first year of National Recruitment. When would you prefer to know? There
was also a suggestion that some or all of National Recruitment should
be moved to after finals to ensure only successful graduates take part,
but would this reduce or increase stress around the time of finals?
I look forward to discussing all of this at the next Students Committee.
luck to everyone who will be taking part in National Recruitment this
year, and make sure you take advantage of all the support available as
part of BDA membership, including the highly valued lectures and Final
Year Guide which explain the system and give example scenarios.
Dr Paul Blaylock
Chair, BDA Student Committee
Committee Meeting 13 April 2013
The Committee met on 13 April with Paul Blaylock from the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee in the Chair.
Committee received a short presentation on the new membership structure
of the BDA and how it will affect student members, details of which can
be found on the BDA’s website.
in Dental Foundation Training were discussed and the Committee heard
that the Education Performance Measure was unlikely to be introduced in
the near future but was being considered carefully as the Committee had
requested in their submission to the Dental School’s Council’s
consultation. The Committee agreed that research should be done to find
out if it was possible for successful DFT applicants to swap places.
suggestion that the DFT salary could be reduced to medical levels was
rejected as unfair to dental graduates who have fewer opportunities to
boost their income during training. The lack of a guaranteed place for
every graduate of a UK dental school continues to be a concern. A
petition has been set up by former Chair of the Student Committee Martin
Nimmo which will run until October, it can be accessed on the Parliamentary website.
General Dental Council’s decision to introduce Direct Access was felt
to be rushed and based on insufficient evidence of the impact on patient
safety. The GDC’s considerations on a pre-registration year were not
supported and the Committee’s views will be relayed to the BDA’s
Education Ethics and the Dental Team working group which is leading on
The next meeting will be in September
The student debt focus group report, part of the BDA’s research on student debt is available to download from the bottom of the page
Student futures, outlining the core concerns of the Student Committee is available to download
The latest news from the BDA is available from the latest news page
Information for students can be found on the student pages of the BDA website
for electives is available from the British Medical and Dental
Students' Trust. Information and advice about how to apply is available
on the BDA's website
UK dental school can send two student representatives to the BDA
Student Committee meeting. This is normally a 'junior' and 'senior' rep.
Each student that attends the meetings represents two organisations:
the BDA Student Committee and the British Dental Student Association
(BDSA). Whilst both organisations are completely seperate, they work
very closely together. Lobbying government and other political activity
is done by the BDA Students' Committee. Whilst the BDSA look after the
social aspects of student life.
If you are interested in representing your school, please
either speak to your school BDA Representative (formally known as 'BDSA
rep') or contact Laura Thompson 020 7563 6872.
The Chair of the Committee is Paul Blaylock
Vice-Chair is Sarah Franks
If you have any issues that you would like the Committee to consider, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Martin Skipper on email@example.com
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