Congratulations to John Darby, the Associate Dean for the London Deanery, who has been awarded the title of Honorary Professor for the Centre for Professional Practice by the University of Kent! Lovely photo with the Head of the Centre Debbie Reed, Professor Ken Eaton and colleague Mike Mulcahy, receiving his MSc in Applied Dental Professional Practice.

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Evolving From Novice to Expert Practice for Dental Nurses

Debbie Reed, the Head of the Centre for Professional Practice and Chair of the British Dental Nurse Association Executive Committee will be sharing her experience and knowledge with the delegates of the Dentistry Show 2017 in Birmingham on the 12-13 May. Her presentation Evolving From Novice to Expert Practice for Dental Nurses will focus on providing an appreciation of the route taken by occupations in the journey to full professionalisation and an overview of the next stages in professionalisation for Dental Nurses.

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Book your place at the final Shush and Write Workshop on the 4th of March

Book your place at the final Shush and Write Workshop for the CPP students on the 4th March 2017 from 10 am.

Suitable for the Professional Practice MA/MSc and Advanced and Specialist Healthcare MSc students wishing to do their writing up with the support from the department.

Booking is essential by email: or tel: 01634 888960


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Kent’s Centre for Professional Practice is launching its new online short course Introduction to Master’s-Level Study

The Academic Threshold Concept online short course introduces you to the concepts and skills required for successful study of the Master’s programmes delivered by the Centre for Professional Practice. Participating in this course gives you the opportunity to develop academic writing and critical reasoning capabilities and manage complex information effectively. This is an online short course, no attendance is required. To access it you will be using the University of Kent’s Virtual Learning Environment.

For more information and how to purchase it visit:

This is a self-guided study resource comprising two parts plus a third part for those wishing to gain academic credit.

Part I: an introduction to the skills needed to research and write assignments at Masters’ level.

Part II: an introduction to concepts of learning at Master’s level.

Part III: assessment details (only required if seeking to gain academic credit)

From the course you develop skills in the following areas: the ability to communicate clearly in written formats in academic and professional workplace settings; manage complex information effectively and present this using a comprehensive range of learning resources; demonstrate a capacity for autonomous learning and the ability to access professional resources as appropriate.

On successful completion of Parts 1, 2 and 3 you are awarded 15 credits.

You can purchase Parts 1 & 2 at a total cost of £100 (this is non-credit bearing option).

For those wishing to go on to gain academic credit, the cost for Part 3 is £550.


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New Peer Reviewed Journal from the Centre for Professional Practice – the Advanced Journal of Professional Practice (AJPP):

The Centre for Professional Practice is delighted to announce its new Advanced Journal of Professional Practice (AJPP). The AJPP has a specific remit for contemporary work which addresses trans-disciplinary, work-related, practice-based applications of new knowledge, technology, discussion, research or practice-based innovation. The journal allows for the sharing of experiences and gold standard practices from anyone working in a professional role and is inclusive of student dissertation papers, from all faculties across the University.

“The journal has been established as a portal for new knowledge created for the advancement of professional practice. AJPP will host new creative work and welcome submissions of traditional or untraditional nature, but which demonstrate translational work-related professional practice application. I am looking forward to welcoming new submissions and hope to present the first issue of the journal this academic year” – said Dr Claire Parkin, the Editor-In-Chief of the AJPP.

To submit, please follow the link to find out about the focus and scope of the journal, author guidelines and submission process:

Send your enquiries to:


We look forward to hearing from you.


The Editorial Team

Centre for Professional Practice

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News@Medway: An exciting new approach to simulation in healthcare at Medway Maritime Hospital has been commended by a top UK University.

Led by Dr M Shah, Simulation lead at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, the Trust has recently been accredited by Health Education England and the University of Kent on the amazing and innovative work carried out in the field of simulation to improve patients safety.

Joanne Howard, Multi-Professional Simulation Coordinator at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, reflected on the module by saying: “I have been very fortunate to have been involved in the development of this module. I cannot thank the team members at the University of Kent (Centre for Professional Practice) for the support they gave me guiding me through all the tasks involved in getting this set up”.

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The British Dental Association is holding a Workshop for New Authors in London on Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The event is designed for those with an interest in writing and 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.

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.

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.


Programme of the day:

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

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                                                                  Nicola Innes

16.00 Panel presentation on tips for improving scientific writing

and Discussion                                                                                        All presenters

17.00 Close


Further Information

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, 25 October at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS.

To book, please contact Stephen Hancocks by email:

The delegate fee for the day will be £40 and cheques payable to the British Dental Association should be sent to Stephen Hancocks, BDA, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS.

5 hours of verifiable CPD will be awarded





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Developing Professional Practice Through Simulation in Healthcare

Congratulations to a group of students from Medway Maritime Hospital who just completed the CPD module Developing Professional Practice Through Simulation in Healthcare. Well done everyone!

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Two Fantastic Days at the Dentistry Show for the Centre for Professional Practice

The University of Kent Centre for Professional Practice took part in the Dentistry Show 2016 in Birmingham on 22-23 April.

The Dentistry Show is one of the largest professional events focusing on advancing the skills, gaining CPD and making new professional connections. More than 400 dental manufacturers, suppliers and education providers were present on the bursting trade floor, offering fantastic exclusive deals on the latest products, materials and services.

Debbie Reed, the Head of the Centre for Professional Practice, said: “The show went brilliantly.  I was delighted that so many people were so enthusiastic about the CPP programmes – MSc in Applied Dental Professional Practice and BA/BSC Top-Up in Professional Practice. Both part-time programmes are designed and accessible for working dental professionals. It really helped that the government have announced the opportunity for part-time post-graduate students to finance their study via the student loan system”.

Sam Hogg, MSc Applied Dental Professional Practice student, was inundated with delegates interested to hear more about her experience. The people Sam spoke to appeared really pleased to hear just how ‘possible’ achieving an academic award is for those employed full and part-time in dental practice.

Jane Dalgarno, the President of British Association of Dental Nurses and MSc Applied Dental Professional Practice student, was very supportive of her own experience and highlighted how academic study and qualifications are critical to sustaining the professionalisation journey for all the dental care professions.

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Enhance your career prospects in 2016! Get your BA or BSc Top-up degree in Professional Practice

If you already have a Foundation Degree, Undergraduate Diploma or professional qualification why not find out if you could advance your career with the BA or BSc Top-up award in Professional Practice. Programme starts in October 2016 and is delivered part-time at weekends over 2 years.

This work-related learning programme is suitable for those working in a wide range of areas in the public and private sectors: health and social care, education, local government, public services, human resources, administrative services, cultural industries, retail, hospitality, financial and legal services and more.

Key outlines:

  • Broaden your work-related expertise while gaining a recognised qualification
  • Study with like-minded people through part-time and blended learning delivered part-time at weekends over 2 years
  • Taught by leading academics and practitioners at the University of Kent’s Medway campus

The programme offers an opportunity to attain academic recognition for the skills, knowledge and experience you have developed in the workplace. It focuses on a specific area of practice relevant to your work and enhances your career progression. You can explore your profession further and consider the professional challenges associated within your specific area of practice. The modules have been designed to help you review and analyse the current debates relevant to the professional context in which you are working.

The programme is structured over three modules delivered over two years. Year 1 (30+30 credits) and Year 2 (60 credits).

Taught sessions are delivered over a series of long weekends (on average 6 weekends Friday-Sunday per academic year), with the exception of the induction weekend, which will take place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October 2016 (subject to student numbers).

Credits transfer

If you have already studied at university level, this may count towards your Top-up qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study. It is not only study completed at a university that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional qualifications. You should apply for credit transfer before you register. We need to know what you studied, where and when and you should provide original evidence of your previous study. We will compare this against the learning outcomes for your chosen qualification and inform you of any award.

For more information please email , call 01634 88 8929 or visit or

 We look forward to hearing from you!


Centre for Professional Practice

University of Kent

Medway Building

Chatham Maritime



T: 01634 88 8929




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