The Purpose of Assessment in Dental Foundation Training includes the ability to:

  1. identify an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, and progress towards the standard of performance expected upon completion of training.
  2. demonstrate achievement and readiness to progress to the next stage of training.
  3. inform the public and the appropriate authorities that the individual is ready for independent practice.
  4. provide feedback to enhance individuals’ reflection upon and motivation towards achieving personal learning and career goals.

The following assessment tools are used as learning opportunities in the Dental Foundation Programme:

Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS)
DOPS has been designed specifically for the assessment of practical skills. They score performance in several clinical and generic areas.  Each DOPS takes a “snapshot” of performance against the standard expected upon completion of training. A minimum of 18 DOPS are completed in DFT.
Case-based Discussion (CbD)
CbD allows case presentation and subsequent discussions with the trainers to be recorded. CbD assesses clinical judgement and the application of knowledge with regard to patient care. A minimum of 9 CbDs are completed in DFT.
Team Assessment of Behaviour (TAB)
TAB is a method of multi-source feedback for foundation dentists. It can assess multiple components of performance and specifically can assess behaviour and attitudinal aspects.
Patient Assessment Questionnaires (PAQ)
The PAQ asks patients to anonymously provide ratings on a 5-point scale (poor, fair, good, very good and excellent) for areas of communication skills and professionalism.

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