Clinical attachment at the Dental Department at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney

30 Sep 2024 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability (RHN) is an independent medical charity which provides neurological services to the entire adult population of England.

The hospital specialises in the care and management of adults with a wide range of neurological problems, including those with highly dependent and complex care needs, people in a minimally aware state, people with challenging behaviour, and people needing invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation.

The RHN has an onsite dental department which delivers comprehensive dental care for all patients within the hospital under local anaesthesia and IV sedation.

The hospital offers a one, two or three-day clinical attachment for specialist registrars in special care dentistry and dentists working within special care dentistry. During the attachment, there will be the opportunity to gain experience in some of the following:

  • Dental assessments of patients with an ND
  • Provision of dental care for people with complex ND
  • Mental capacity assessments for patients with short-term memory issues
  • Management of patients with a tracheostomy/mechanical ventilation
  • Multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Experience working with allied health care professionals.
  • Provision of dental treatment in a wheelchair recliner
  • Ward assessment and providing oral care advice to nursing staff
  • Management of patients with Huntington’s disease and low levels of consciousness.
  • Experience in low-level and high-level augmentative and alternative communication
  • Dental care under IV sedation

Throughout your attachment, you will receive one-to-one clinical supervision from our experienced consultants/specialists in special care dentistry. They will guide you through the various assessments and treatments, ensuring you feel confident and supported. There will also be the opportunity to undertake work-based assessments to further enhance your learning experience.

Cost of the attachment: £100 per day

For further information, please contact institute@rhn.org.uk