CPP students are invited to the Shush & Write workshop

Come and join the SHUSH & WRITE workshop for the CPP students! 25 November 2017, 10am – 4pm. The Centre for Professional Practice, Medway campus.  
Shush and Write is an opportunity to sit and write without distractions. The workshop is intended for the Dissertation-level students but others may join the group if they wish.
All spaces must be pre-booked. Booking via email: C.Sanderson-656@kent.ac.uk
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Dr Anne-Maria Brennan granted Freedom of the City of London

Congratulation to Dr Anne-Maria Brennan, Director of Education in the Centre for Professional Practice who was made a Freeman of the City of London at a ceremony in London on 19 October. She was eligible for the Freedom of the City as earlier this year she was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators, a livery company that seeks to advance education in all its forms in the UK and beyond.

Dr Brennan said it was a privilege to become a Freeman of the City of London as it marked a ‘milestone achievement’ in her career as an educator over the past 30 years.

Historically, being granted the Freedom of the City of London gave individuals the right to carry out their trade or profession within the Square Mile of London, with the expectation their goods and services would be of the highest quality possible. Today those involved with the City and its guilds uphold the tradition of promoting excellence through their professional and charitable activity.

As well as this Dr Brennan also has the right to drive sheep across London Bridge without having to pay a toll, cannot be pressganged into the navy, and can go about the City with a drawn sword.

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Shush and Write is an opportunity to sit and write without distractions. The workshops are intended for the Dissertation level students but others may join the group if they wish.

All spaces must be pre-booked. Booking via email: c.sanderson-656@kent.ac.uk


21 October 2017, 10am-4pm

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The Centre for Professional Practice joins the National Dental Nursing Conference

The British Association of Dental Nurses is organizing its annual National Dental Nursing Conference, 17-18 November 2017, Milton Keynes.

Register now to receive an early bird discount (until 6th October)


E: conference@badn.org.uk

T: 01253 338 364

  • Healthy Habit Formation
  • Dentaid
  • GDC Update
  • Dental Nursing in Oman
  • What the Butler Saw
  • Dementia Friendly Dentistry
  • Enhanced CPD
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East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust celebrates its partnership with the University of Kent – the Centre for Professional Practice accredits TIPS (Teams Improving Patient Safety) Master’s level module.

For further information on the module, please contact: Heidi Booth-Adams

Patient Safety Projects Administrator

Top Floor, Modernisation Building

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Ethelbert Road | Canterbury | Kent | CT1 3N  T: 01227 868733 ext 722 8733

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Workshop for New Writers and Peer Reviewers by the British Dental Association, Wednesday 25 October 2017

The British Dental Association is once again organising all day workshop for new writers and peer reviewers. New this year will be a separate afternoon session for those specifically interested in peer review. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 25 October 2017 at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS. The cost is £40 (£20 for full-time students) to include lunch and refreshments and will attract five hours of CPD. Further details are available from Stephen Hancocks (e-mail:  stephen.hancocks@bda.org).

The workshop will focus on practical skills required to develop an academic writing style: need to follow a journal’s guidelines for authors to the letter, the peer-review process, plagiarism, publication ethics, how to write for scientific journals etc. Practical sessions will help the delegates to understand how papers and articles submitted to scientific journals are reviewed and assessed by editors and their teams. The delegates will also learn how to improve the chances that papers and articles that they submit to peer reviewed journals are accepted.

Although the workshop is being organised on behalf of the British Dental Editors Forum, it is suitable to new writers from all areas of academia who are most welcome to attend.


Jointly chaired by Ken Eaton and Stephen Hancocks

11.00  Welcome and  aims of the day / Chairmen

11.10  Author guidelines and how to begin writing / Stephen Hancocks

11.40  The peer review process / Ken Eaton

12.10  Small group work looking at papers which were rejected and analysing why

13.00  Lunch

13.45 Small groups report their findings

Parallel sessions (delegates to choose A or B):

Session A

14.30  Publications ethics – how to avoid the pitfalls / Ruth Doherty

15.00  Online publishing – future opportunities and challenges / David Westgarth

15.30 How editors can help / Nairn Wilson

Session B

14.30 Effective peer reviewing / Ken Eaton

16.00  Panel presentation:

Tips for improving scientific writing and Discussion / All presenters

17.00  Close


The day will constitute 5 hours of verifiable Continuing Professional Development for which certificates will be available.

The cost is £40 (£20 for full-time students) to include lunch and refreshments.

To apply to attend the day please contact Stephen Hancocks (email: stephen.hancocks@bda.org)


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“Do specialists give consistent advice to primary care colleagues on antibiotic use in patients receiving bisphosphonates?” By Prof Mike Mulcahy

Honorary Professor at the Centre for Professional Practice, Professor of Primary Dental Care Mike Mulcahy calls for nationally agreed guidelines appropriate to the NHS and create an advice sheet customised to local needs to provide Primary Dental Care Practitioners, prescribers of bisphosphonate therapy and those to whom patients are sent for specialist advice or care, providing clear advice on the management of these complex cases, including the role or otherwise of antibiotic prescribing.

Find out more: http://publishing.rcseng.ac.uk/doi/abs/10.1308/rcsfdj.2017.72

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Dr Anne-Maria Brennan becomes a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators

Congratulations to Dr Anne-Maria Brennan, a lecturer at the Centre for Professional Practice for being admitted a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators by the Master and Court of Assistants in a Declaration Ceremony held in the City of London.

An alumnus of the University of York, Imperial College and the University of Wales, she is currently Director of Education and Lecturer in Professional Practice at the Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent.

Anne-Maria’s field of research is public engagement with science, particularly the interface between science, technology, culture and the arts. Author of five books (one of which formed a plotline in The Archers), she is also an acknowledged expert on the ecology of golf courses and formulated the industry standard guidelines on their sustainable design and management. She is also a specialist in forensic biology, in particular the investigation of wildlife crime.

The Worshipful Company of Educators is the 109th Livery Company to be granted this status by the City of London. It provides a forum through meetings and social occasions to bring together members from all parts of the education world to discuss and exchange views on matters of topical interest. In pursuit of these aims, the Company is inclusive in its membership and activities, transcending the traditional boundaries between the different sectors, and particularly between academe and business insofar as the latter concerns itself with education, training, and development.

You can contact Dr Anne-Maria Brennan by emailing her: A.Brennan@kent.ac.uk

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CPP welcomes the first Teams Improving Patients Safety (TIPS) Board of Studies.

TIPS is a validated Master’s level module delivered by the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) and accredited by the Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent.

TIPS (Teams Improving Patient Safety) is a work-based development module aimed to improve patient safety through an interdisciplinary team approach. This module raises awareness of policy, theory, concepts and practice which underpin multi-disciplinary working through the critical examination of literature and practice.

TIPS uses the workplace as the main resource for learning and is aligned with indicators of effectiveness for Health Education England’s Education Outcomes Framework. Learning, in and from practice, through critical reflective approaches are integral to the module. TIPS complements other EKHUFT engagement initiatives, such as the Link Worker Scheme, Clinical Leadership Programme and Shared Purpose Framework to deliver person-centred, safe and effective care in a workplace culture that enables and sustains quality improvement. Teams develop their improvement initiatives to engage their colleagues in roll-out using PDSA and other improvement techniques such as Driver Diagrams.

If you are interested in finding out more about the CPP validated programmes offer please contact us by email: cppmedway@kent.ac.uk or telephone 01634 88 8929.



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NEW! Part-time one-year CPD course Developing Dental Practice through Mentoring

On this CPD course, you develop the skills needed to be a successful mentor within a dental workplace setting. Mentorship is essential to promote a sustainable commitment to high-quality patient care and is used by many multi-professional groups, to ensure competence development, performance transition and enhancement.

Course Description

Throughout the course, you are encouraged to look at the mentorship as a means of ensuring professional standards development across your whole team.

The course places particular emphasis on the role of mentoring in the following areas: continuing professional learning and development; education; induction and appraisal. These areas are relevant to all professional colleagues and to other team members.

The course helps you to develop the skills needed to ensure that contemporary practice informs all areas of professional practice in your workplace.

From the course, you develop the following skills:

  • A critical understanding of personal, professional and organisational perspectives related to mentorship.
  • A critical exploration of the ethical and professional perspectives of mentorship and how both effect the development and evolution of novice to expert practice within the dental workforce.
  • A critical knowledge and understanding of selected core theories, concepts, frameworks and principles relevant to mentoring.
  • A critical understanding of the power and communication dynamics in mentor relationships.
  • Planning and applying the principles of mentorship within a dental care setting to raise the standards of professional practice within the organisation.
  • An ability to act as a mentor in order to evolve practice
  • An ability to critically reflect on and evaluate your own performance.

To book a place please visit: http://store.kent.ac.uk/short-courses/faculty-of-social-sciences/centre-for-professional-practice/developing-dental-practice-through-mentoring


This short course includes 30 hours of teaching conducted over three separate weekends. The course includes taught sessions and work-based learning, personal reflection and self-study. The total number of hours of study required is 300 hours.  At the beginning pf the course, you complete a guided study package (15 hours of learning), which is available via the Virtual Learning Environment.


You complete three pieces of work, which are assessed; an overall combined pass mark (50% or above) must be gained to successfully complete the course. On successful completion of the course you are awarded 30 credits at Level 7.

Dates for taught sessions:

Weekend 1:

Friday 27 – Sunday 29 October 2017

Topics covered include:

  • Concept of novice to expert within the development of professional practice.
  • Theories and principles of mentorship.
  • Theories and principles of learning and development.
  • Application of mentorship within the healthcare professions.

Weekend 2:

Friday 9 – Saturday 10 February 2018

Topics covered include:

  • Application of principles of mentorship.
  • Structuring mentorship activity to advance the dental workforce.

Weekend 3:

Friday 23 or Saturday 24 March 2018

Topics covered include:

  • Presentation of case studies.
  • Evaluating and reflecting on your own practice and that of others in order to develop.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but applicants are required to be working in a dental workplace setting. On successful completion of this course, you may choose to progress to one of the Centre’s Master’s programmes.

For more information about this course please visit: http://store.kent.ac.uk/short-courses/faculty-of-social-sciences/centre-for-professional-practice/developing-dental-practice-through-mentoring

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