In the past we have had trainee nurses who have only been in dentistry for a short time. They start the course and then decide it is not the career for them and this can be costly to the practice and student.
We assume that the practice will liaise with their trainee and organise the correct amount of surgery time needed based on that person, it is not possible to complete the eROE if the trainee is only working on reception or in an office.
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The mentor will need to check that the student is progressing well with their clinical skills, make sure that they are attending the course and completing their work in a timely manner. The mentor will liaise between the student, the practice and the training centre.
The course tutor will be in contact with the mentor regularly. The mentor is the person we contact if we have concerns that the trainee is falling behind with their work, also the person we send reports to 4 times a year. Both tutor and mentor have sections to complete. This means that we are all aware of the trainee’s academic and clinical progress.
Quite often a practice manager will take on this role. A mentor does not have to be a GDC registrant if they are not witnessing the students practical work.
The procedures they record need to be witnessed by a GDC registered member of the dental team. You do not have to have one witness for each trainee, you can have multiple witnesses. We advise that you think about your own practice dynamics and how it will best work for you. So for example if you have a GDC registered sterilisation nurse, they could watch the trainee carry out all the sterilisation procedures.
This means a clinician is not committed to witnessing a procedure that other members of the dental team can do instead, as long as all witnesses have under gone the witness training course with the NEBDN and have been logged onto the eROE website and have been accepted by the tutor. Each practice can have several witnesses if they wish to do so and this can often help spread the task of witnessing the students work.
The witness training process is explained on the NEBDN website, please follow the following link http://nebdn.org/eroe-witness-training