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Longitudinal Dental Foundation Training:
A Single Job with Unlimited Opportunities
by Manpreet Kaur, Zahra Rizvi and Morvin Patel
One of the most important decisions
you'll make in final year is picking your
foundation training post.
There's a lot of uncertainty about the
'longitudinal two-year scheme' and you don't
hear many people talk about it. Longitudinal
dental foundation training (LDFT) seems
to be a rare breed; only threedeaneries across
the UK offer these unique training posts. As
longitudinal trainees based in three different
hospitals across Yorkshire, we aim to share
insights into our training with fellow students.

Manpreet Kaur
I work solely for the maxillofacial team
in hospital, where I am treated like a DCT.
My working day varies, from being on clinics
performing surgicals and biopsies under local,
assessing new patient referrals, assisting in
theatre alongside seniors and being on call
weekdays and weekends.
I'd describe my hospital placement as a
having steep learning curve and an excellent
opportunity if you want to progress into
hospital dentistry. Working alone from the
early months allowed me to gain confidence
within the skills and knowledge gained as an
undergraduate, while working in a supportive
team environment allows me to develop areas
I feel uncertain in. I've recently shadowed
on orthodontic and restorative clinics in
my admin block to broaden my experiences
within secondary care dentistry.
My primary care setting is a nine-surgery
practice in a beautiful York village. I work
here as a GDP, seeing patients for check-ups,
emergencies, simple fillings and even complex
aesthetic treatments. Working in an affluent
area has allowed me to develop my restorative
skills and involve the laboratory for more
challenging extracoronal restorations.

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In September, I'll embark on a year
of being an associate dentist to gain more
solid ground to the bread-and-butter of
dentistry. I believe that will allow me to
decide which area of dentistry I enjoy the
most, so I can pursue it to a specialist level.
I would recommend York LDFT to anyone
who wants to specialise.

Morvin Patel
I'm based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire,
and work in paediatrics and maxillofacial
surgery. My supportive consultants have
given approved a flexible timetable, so I can
gain more experience on different clinics.
My typical week consists of two generalanaesthetic lists, where I perform procedures
such as exposing canines, extracting impacted
teeth, tongue-tie release and frenectomies.
I also get to assist in orthognathic, facial
deformity and oncology operations.
I don't have to be on call when I'm on
the maxillofacial ward, but I am expected to
help the on-call DCT. Ward duties include
clerking patients, suturing lacerations, and
pre- and postsurgery care of patients. I also
find joint paediatric/oral medicine and
paediatric/restorative clinics very interesting.
Besides the varied clinical exposure, there
are opportunities to get involved in audits.
Along with our normal study days, I was
fortunate enough to do paediatric teaching
alongside master's students. This year, I plan
to attend the maxillofacial teaching session.
In primary care, I work in a busy ninesurgery practice in a deprived area of Sheffield.
I spend a lot of time doing fillings and
extractions to stabilise patients. I'm here for
two years, so the patients I've stabilised are
now fit for more complex treatments. This
has enabled me to create a good rapport with

them. I have two approachable and helpful
educational supervisors.
I'd recommend LDFT to everyone, even
if you weren't planning to go into further
training. I believe this job will make you a
well-rounded clinician.

Zahra Rizvi
As part of my secondary care setting, I'm
based at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield
and the community dental service at Batley
Health Centre. I love the variety of specialities that I've been exposed to: orthodontics,
maxillofacial surgery and paediatric dentistry.
I've treated mild orthodontic cases from
start to finish with fixed and removable
appliances, under the supervision of our
consultants. I'll admit I was a little anxious
at the start, because of my minimal clinical
experience on orthodontics at undergraduate
level. My maxillofacial surgery component
involves clinics, dentoalveolar surgery (under
both local and general anaesthetic) and
assisting in theatre for bimaxillary osteotomies
and facial injuries.
I've improved my skills in managing
anxious children. Batley is an area of high
treatment needs, making it challenging to
plan these cases. I also assist the paediatric
specialist in comprehensive care cases under
general anaesthetic. These patients often
have complex medical histories and require
communication with other healthcare professionals as part of their treatment plans.
The exposure to secondary care has
hugely supplemented my treatments in general
practice, which is based in Mirfield. It has
influenced my treatment plans, improved
my extraction technique and made me more
confident in treating childrens. I count myself
fortunate to have experienced this training. ■


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DentaltownUK August 2017

Cover
On Dentaltown.com
Editorial with Mike Gow
Meet the Team
Howard Speaks: Drive-Thrus and Dentistry
Endodontic Reboot: Part One
Classified Listings
Brand Advertising
A United Voice
Adhesion in Primary Dentition Restorative Dentistry
Additive Dentistry
Zero Moment of Truth
Through the Keyhole
Message Boards: Re-treats question
Due Diligence—A Vendor's Perspective
Message Boards: Antibiotics after Surgical Extraction
Adding Value to the Patient Experience
Lifestyle
Poll: General Dentistry
CE Update
Students Section
Wishlist
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - On Dentaltown.com
DentaltownUK August 2017 - Editorial with Mike Gow
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Meet the Team
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Howard Speaks: Drive-Thrus and Dentistry
DentaltownUK August 2017 - 11
DentaltownUK August 2017 - Endodontic Reboot: Part One
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Classified Listings
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Brand Advertising
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - A United Voice
DentaltownUK August 2017 - Adhesion in Primary Dentition Restorative Dentistry
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Additive Dentistry
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Zero Moment of Truth
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Through the Keyhole
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Message Boards: Re-treats question
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Due Diligence—A Vendor's Perspective
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Message Boards: Antibiotics after Surgical Extraction
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Adding Value to the Patient Experience
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Lifestyle
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Poll: General Dentistry
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - CE Update
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Students Section
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