Introduction and Background for StR and post-CCST training
The Orthodontic section of the ISCP site contains information for both StR and post-CCST level trainees. It is important that you have read all relevant documentation at the start of your training.
This documentation has been prepared with due regard to the changing circumstances at the time of publication. The Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) in Orthodontics endeavours to maintain its policy documents as current as possible at the time of preparation. The SAC in Orthodontics takes no responsibility for matters arising from changed circumstances or information or material which may have become available subsequent to the publication of this document.
StR Level Training:
The planning of this curriculum document for training in orthodontic subjects began in 1994 when it became necessary for the development of a national plan for structured training following the Calman Report and the first Chief Dental Officer's Report.
In November 1995 the Curriculum Working Party of the SAC produced a curriculum together with Aims, Objectives, Content, Learning Outcomes and Assessments leading to the Membership examinations of the Royal Colleges (MOrth RCS) for all trainees in orthodontics. The curriculum was set out, in accordance with modern educational practice, in a modular format to assist teaching and assessment. In response to a request from the Specialist Dental Education Board of the General Dental Council in 2008, a new version has been produced to reflect the need for an outcome based curriculum which is indicative of the competencies required at the varying levels of training within the specialty together with the knowledge, skills and attitudes achieved by the trainee in acquiring those competencies. The extensive revision of the curriculum has been based on current thinking and the requirements for:
- Greater protection of the public by providing clear information as to the level of training achieved
- Improved access to specialist training by general practitioners
- Greater flexibility to training through the availability of both full and part-time training pathways
- Giving appropriate recognition for accredited prior learning
- Producing a competent workforce with the appropriate skills and knowledge necessary to meet the varying levels of treatment complexity, as well as considering the relative need and demand of potential patients.
The modules included in the post-CCST section were written by the Curriculum Working Party of the SAC. This was undertaken in conjunction with the writing of the updated GDC curriculum leading to the Membership examinations of the Royal Colleges (MOrthRCS) for all trainees in Orthodontics. The modular format is in accordance with modern educational practice, to assist teaching and assessment. This reflects the need for outcome based learning which is indicative of the competencies required at the varying levels of training within the specialty, together with the knowledge, skills and attitudes achieved by the trainee in acquiring those competencies.