THE HYGIENIST COURSE
This course is specifically designed to help hygienists establish themselves
as valued team members in general dental practice.
We believe hygienists play an integral role on the delivery of healthcare
and should be viewed as clinicians, the same as dentists, and not as auxiliaries.
The Hygienist Course
6 key areas for hygienists have been identified, which are explored in the 6 week programme:
Probing – how do you deal with situations when the dentist’s BPE is completely different to yours?
Planning – how do you plan the phases of treatment and decide on the recall interval?
Plaque– how do you give effective OHI in the limited time available?
Periodontal therapy – how do you confidently perform effective debridement comfortably and without any issues with instruments e.g. ultrasonic tips snapping? (Hands-on session)
Practising – is there a way of working efficiently and to the same standard in different practices?
Problem solving – how do you develop the confidence to let the patient (and referring dentist) know multiple appointments will be needed rather than just one?
How do you deal with the rise in litigation?
Course fee for 6 sessions (including hands-on component and optional mentoring): £650
Course fee can be paid in instalments if required.
Optional Mentoring Programme
Graduates of the course will be offered a unique 12-session mentoring programme.
During this time you will receive close-support training at RW Perio,
Dr Reena Wadia’s specialist periodontal clinic in London.
This will compliment the course well and help you implement what you have learnt.
Timing: 12 sessions (typically over 3 months)
Role: You will be paired with a hygienist and be involved with assisting Dr Wadia on clinic.
Teaching: The teaching style is more advanced than the course and will include practical clinical training and treatment planning modules.
Fee: There is no charge. However the position is strictly available to course graduates only.
On completion: You will receive a verifiable CPD certificate, a reference, and £1,500 to help cover any expenses.
Further details will be provided when you sign up to the course.
Dr Reena Wadia
Reena qualified from Barts and The London with the prestigious Gold Medal as well as numerous other undergraduate dental awards. Following general practice, Reena worked as a Senior House Officer in both Restorative Dentistry and Oral Surgery. Reena has completed the part-time speciality training programme in Periodontology at Guy’s Hospital. She now runs her own specialist periodontal referral clinic on Wimpole Street and is also an associate specialist at Kings College Hospital.
As well as being passionate about acquiring new knowledge, Reena has always encouraged and supported hygienists by sharing any learning and experiences. To this end, she created her own blog (www.reenawadia.com) as a platform to communicate valuable information. She was also a tutor for hygienists and therapists at Barts and The London for 4 years and now continues this role at Kings College Hospital. She is a great teacher and has been awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Reena also endeavours to contribute to the profession through her National Board Member position at the Faculty of General Dental Practice and local committee role with the British Dental Association.