A turf-cutting ceremony was recently held on the site for the new Portsmouth Dental Academy.
This development will allow final year dental students from King’s College London Dental Institute the opportunity to work with dental hygiene and therapy students in the provision of primary dental care for the local population of Portsmouth and the surrounding area.
Scheduled to open in autumn 2010, the Academy is an innovative partnership between King’s College London Dental Institute and the University of Portsmouth with funding support from the NHS.
Dame Margaret Seward, past president of the British Dental Association and of the General Dental Council, cut the first turf.
This marked a new exciting phrase in the Dental Academy initiative, following three and a half years of planning by Professor Nairn Wilson, the dean of the Dental Institute, Professor Stephen Dunne, head of the Dental Practice & Policy Group, Mr Jeremy Williams, director of Administration and Dr Mark Woolford, director of Education at King’s College London Dental Institute, along with the team from the University of Portsmouth.
To date the construction of the new Academy building is on schedule and in budget.
Dr David Radford, who is soon to take up post as the King’s director of Clinical Studies at Portsmouth Dental Academy, said: ‘The Portsmouth Dental Academy is an exciting opportunity for half our final year students to be fortunate enough to study alongside other members of the dental team and, for the first time, receive instruction and gain first hand experience in leading a dental team in the provision of primary care dentistry.
‘This will enhance the students’ opportunity to obtain the best choice of jobs in vocational and foundation training, but more importantly will promote their understanding of the value of the team in integrated dental care. This combined with working in a brand new facility in the heart of the Portsmouth docklands redevelopment means the year five students in 2010 will be highly privileged pioneers in dental education in the UK.’