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Decoding Public Healthcare Policies for Dental Technicians

September 5, 2023 | by dental.cpdpro.org.uk


About This Course

This course provides an in-depth exploration of public healthcare policies, including policy analysis, evaluation, and advocacy, with case studies and simulations.

Why Take This Course?

This course addresses the challenge that many UK dental professionals face when it comes to navigating the complex world of public healthcare policies. By providing a comprehensive overview of the policy life cycle and the various instruments used to implement policies, this course equips dental technicians with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively analyze and evaluate policies. Additionally, it emphasizes the importance of health policy advocacy, which is vital for dental professionals who want to have a say in shaping policies that affect their field. Through case studies, thought experiments, and simulations, this course provides a hands-on approach to understanding the impact of policies and how to work within the framework of public healthcare policies to provide the best possible care for patients.

This course on public healthcare policies is beneficial as it covers a wide range of topics related to policy analysis, evaluation, and advocacy. It also includes case studies and simulations to provide practical understanding and application of the concepts learned. Dental technicians can learn about their role in public healthcare and how policies affect their work.

How This Course Supports GDC Enhanced Dental CPD

logo of the General Dental Council“Dental professionals have a duty to keep their knowledge and skills up to date. A primary qualification is only the first step in their education and development which should last throughout their professional life”
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Learning ObjectivesAnticipated Outcomes
1: By the end of this course, learners will be able to analyze the role of public policies in dental practice management.1: Upon completion of the course, participants are expected to possess a comprehensive understanding of the public policy’s intricate relationship with oral healthcare, which can influence their professional practice significantly.
2: Upon completion, learners will have the capacity to effectively manage regulatory challenges in a dental practice.2: As a result of this course, learners will likely become capable of advocating for policy changes and initiatives that positively impact dental care within their communities and fields of practice.
3: Participants will demonstrate their ability to utilize a toolkit for navigating the complex policy landscape in dental healthcare.3: The course should lead to a broad change in learners’ abilities to anticipate and effectively respond to changes in professional environment and obligations as dictated by oral health policy decisions.
4: By the final session, learners will have mastered the strategies for risk management with regard to public policies and legal implications in the realm of dental practice.4: In the wider context, the course aims to contribute to the advancement of oral healthcare, as the learners practise within a policy-informed paradigm, enhance the effectiveness of dental services, and contribute to achieving better oral health outcomes.
5: At the course’s conclusion, attendees will have developed the competency to understand, interpret, and effectively implement public policies within their dental practices.5: Following the course, the expectation is that attendees will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding necessary to lead in their profession, whether it pertains to their clinical practice, management roles, or as initiators of policy changes for comprehensive improvements in oral healthcare.

Regulatory Standards

✅ A – Effective Communication
✅ B – Effective Management
✅ C – Maintenance in Field of Practice
✅ D – Maintenance in Patient Confidence
✅ Caring
✅ Effective
✅ Leadership
✅ Responsive
✅ Safe

🕐 90 minutes of Enhanced Dental CPD

Course Description

The course covers topics such as introduction to public healthcare policies, role of dental technicians in public healthcare, basic principles of policy analysis, policy life cycle, policy instruments and their effects, evaluating policy outcomes and health policy advocacy. It also includes case studies, thought experiments and simulations to analyze policies and understand their impact.

Course Outline

Section 1

Section 1 of the course covers the basics of public healthcare policies, including an introduction to policy analysis, an overview of the policy life cycle, and an understanding of policy instruments and their effects. The section also delves into the analysis of policy outcomes and the implications and advocacy related to public healthcare policies.

Section 2

Section 2 of this course covers the policy life cycle, including policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. It also discusses the impact of policy instruments in public healthcare, as well as the evaluation of policy outcomes in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, and equity. Additionally, this section explores the role of dental technicians in policy formation and advocacy, and how to navigate and influence public healthcare policies.

Section 3

Section 3 of this course covers the policy instruments used in public healthcare policies, their effects, and implications for dental technicians. It also provides an overview of how to analyse policy outcomes and incorporate policy analysis into practice. Finally, it discusses the role of dental technicians as health advocates and how to navigate and influence public healthcare policies.

Section 4

Section 4 of the course covers the analysis of policy outcomes. It provides a basic framework for policy analysis and evaluates the policy outcomes in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, and equity. The section also includes application to dental health policies, and how to incorporate policy analysis into practice, with a simulation of evaluating the outcome of an implemented policy.

Section 5

Section 5 of the course covers health policy advocacy, including the role of dental technicians as advocates, building alliances for better outcomes, speaking the language of policymakers, and navigating and influencing public healthcare policies.

Course Reviews

This course provided a comprehensive overview of public healthcare policies and their impact on dental technicians. The case studies and simulations were particularly helpful in analyzing policies.

✅ Met Course Objectives✅ Met Course Outcomes✅ Would Recommend ✅ Had Positive Impact

I found this course to be very informative on the policy life cycle and evaluation of policy outcomes. The course also provided a thorough understanding of health policy advocacy and its importance for dental professionals.

✅ Met Course Objectives✅ Met Course Outcomes✅ Would Recommend ✅ Had Positive Impact

As a dental professional, I appreciated the focus on policy instruments and their effects. The course provided practical knowledge on how to analyze policies and make informed decisions that can benefit both patients and the public healthcare system.

✅ Met Course Objectives✅ Met Course Outcomes✅ Would Recommend ✅ Had Positive Impact

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