Milestone for dental education
Today sees the first group of dental students to graduate from the Peninsula Dental School – the first dental school to open in the UK in the last 40 years.
Set up in Plymouth in 2007 to tackle the shortage of NHS dentists in south-west England, the school has said 30 of the 47 dentists graduating planned to stay in Devon and Cornwall.
The 30 graduates will work at NHS Trusts throughout Devon and Cornwall, where historically there has been a great demand for NHS dentists.
Professor Liz Kay, dean at the Peninsula Dental School, said: ‘My sincere congratulations go to our first graduating cohort, and to the many people who have worked so hard to ensure that they achieved so much. Ours is a true partnership between students, faculty, local dentists and the wider South West community. The effectiveness of that partnership is proven by the calibre of our first graduating students. I wish them well in their careers and I am confident that, wherever they practise, their patients will benefit from their excellent clinical and interpersonal skills.’