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Martin Wall and Ann Duro give an insight into a ‘typical’ day at a dental education facility

Thanks to Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), more than 10,000 people in Devon and Cornwall who may not have had access to NHS dental treatment now do. Key to this success are the four dental education facilities run by PUPSMD in the region – two in Plymouth and one each in Truro and Exeter. Dental students treat NHS patients under supervision from qualified dental clinical supervisors, starting six months into their studies with simple exams and dental hygiene and developing their skills over the life of the five-year course to advanced and complex treatments. Here, a dental student and a dental clinical supervisor describe a typical day at a dental education facility.

  Martin Wall Martin Wall is a dental clinical supervisor and honorary lecturer at PUPSMD. He qualified from University College Hospital London in 1972 and worked in general practice after qualifying. He ran his own practice in the West Country for 25 years, specialising in holistic dentistry and the care of dentally anxious and phobic patients. The practice featured as a regional winner and national finalist in various award schemes. His professional roles have included two terms as president at the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine. He is currently vice president of The European Society of Hypnosis (ESH), and chair the ESH Committee on Educational Programs in Europe…

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