The undergraduate BSc Oral Health Science degree is a collaborative project by NHS Education for Scotland, Inverness College UHI, NHS Highland and NHS Dumfries and Galloway. It enables school leavers and mature students with appropriate qualifications to register as both dental therapists and dental hygienists, and could help to improve access to dental care for people around the rural areas of Scotland.

According to Dr Fiona Skinner, academic leader for the UHI faculty of health, graduates could take on some of the routine work currently performed by dentists and ease the shortage of dental professionals in the NHS.

“Dental therapists work under the direction of a dentist and can carry out a lot of the more routine treatment patients need. This frees up dentists to concentrate on more complex cases and allows them to see more patients,” she explained.

“We are delighted to offer this course at the custom-built dental training units at the Centre for Health Science at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, and the Dumfries Dental Centre at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, allowing students the opportunity to further their careers in state-of-the-art facilities without having to leave their local areas.”

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