Dental Hygienist Education: Preparation for Employment
An understanding of the legal position of dental hygienists, including the type of work they are allowed to carry out and the areas they are permitted to work in, under the direction and written prescription of a registered dentist.
An understanding of the standard of conduct expected of dental hygienists and the kind of behaviour which may be regarded as misconduct.
An understanding of, and the need to comply with, the legal requirement for annual registration for dental hygienists in employment.
An understanding of the importance for dental hygienists in employment to have membership with a relevant medical/dental protection agency.
An understanding of the importance of a contract of employment. An understanding of the role of national and international dental hygienists' associations.
A full appreciation of the importance of continuing education, clinical audit and quality assurance programmes throughout a dental hygienist's professional working life.
A thorough knowledge of the Health and Safety regulations pertaining to dental practice. An understanding of the role of the dental hygienist within the framework of a dental team.