University of Portsmouth opens dental decontamination suite
A new training facility for students to learn how to use decontamination equipment was officially opened at the University of Portsmouth’s Dental Academy.
The Eschmann decontamination training suite will allow dental students to learn about the practical elements of sterilisation in a safe environment to prepare them for using the Dental Academy’s actual decontamination suite, which can only be operated by trained technicians.
The training room will be used by student dental therapists and dental nurses who will be trained in all aspects of decontamination and infection control, from instrument cleaning to testing and validation. The suite is sponsored by medical manufacturer, Eschmann.
Clinical director, John Weld, said: 'The new decontamination suite is a fantastic addition to the state-of-the-art facilities we already have at Portsmouth. It will allow students to handle the equipment and give them the opportunity to learn without compromising patient care.
'We are delighted to be working in partnership with Eschmann because it’s vital for academic institutions to have relationships with industry - by allowing students to practise on industry-standard equipment we are better preparing them for working in the dental profession once they graduate.'
The training room was opened by the Dean of Science, Professor Paul Hayes, at an event earlier today. The opening was also attended by Dental Academy Director, Sara Holmes MBE, staff and students, members of the dental press and representatives from Eschmann.
The Dental Academy, in partnership with King’s College London Dental Institute, delivers a unique model of team-based undergraduate teaching for dental care professionals and student dentists to train together. The students work side by side in the reality of the primary care environment, similar to a high street practice – an approach which benefits the students by mirroring the way they will go on to work in their professional careers.