A new state-of-the-art dental training facility has been opened in Milton Keynes to prepare the next generation of dentists.
England’s Deputy Chief Dental Officer Dr Serbjit Kaur has opened the new Dental Skills Centre at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The facility in the postgraduate centre will provide a high quality training environment available to all those studying dentistry across the Thames Valley.
Funded by the Thames Valley and Wessex Dental School, now part of Health Education Thames Valley, it will provide hands-on training opportunities for dental foundation trainees during their postgraduate training programme. It will also be used by other dental professions including dental nurses and therapists.
The centre, only the fourth in the region, features simulation technologies, with phantom heads upon which dental trainees can develop their skills.
Dr Kaur said: “I have rarely seen such good facilities outside teaching hospitals. Dentistry is a hands-on skill and, no matter how much theory you acquire, without applying it practically, you can’t learn.
“Dentistry is changing so quickly, diseases are changing and you need to keep up-to-date with emerging technologies, so an impressive facility like this is invaluable.”
Helen Falcon, Postgraduate Dental Dean for Health Education Thames Valley, said: “This fabulous facility is the culmination of a lot of hard work and real teamwork. With no dental teaching hospitals in the region, we have had to develop different sorts of facilities to allow trainees and clinicians to refine and develop their skills. This centre will benefit all dental professions in the area.”
Joe Harrison, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Hospital, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome the Deputy Chief Dental Officer to open this amazing facility. We’re looking forward to training the dentists of the future here.”