The Educational Supervisor: Raj is the practice's clinical lead. Having graduated with his BDS from Kings College London, he took up a FD position on the West Midlands Stafford scheme. This is why Raj understands the West Midlands DFT scheme first-hand from both an FD, and ES viewpoint. He has worked as an Associate across several well respected practices expanding his skill-set and knowledge base along the way. Raj's experiences make him an up-to-date, ethical and trusted clinician, having a wide variety of experience working with patients and staff from varying backgrounds in different settings and conditions. He has a keen interest in teaching and professional development. Having been a FD himself, he fully appreciates the potential needs of a newly qualified clinician and his supportive and considerate nature make him an ideal ES. He has experience in working with newly qualified Dentists and Nurses alike, demonstrating his understanding of all facets of general practice and his ability to communicate and work with others on different levels. He is approachable, humorous and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others whilst equally learning from others at the same time. He is easy to communicate with, organised and ready to lend a helping hand when and wherever he can. He has completed his MFDS further proving his commitment to quality dentistry and has gone on to undertake several post graduate courses in orthodontics for which he has a keen interest.
The Practice: We are a group of award winning practices based across Sandwell and Walsall. We are BDA Good Practice Scheme accredited and have won numerous local and national awards. It is a friendly and welcoming, busy, mixed NHS and private practice, set up to facilitate not only patient care but also, staff development and learning. Split over two levels across two large Victorian buildings the practice has been designed to aid patient flow and improve the patient journey and experience. We are fully computerised (SOE) and have an automated check-in and form completion system (clinipads), state of the art surgeries with fibre-optic handpieces, intra-oral scanner, rotary NITI, digital xrays, LED technology, phones/WIFI and a large range of good quality modern instruments, equipment and materials. If you need anything just ask. We have a new best practice designed decontamination suite to ensure compliance and safety. We have a host of educational resources and have a team of experienced long serving staff, all of whom have experience in working with newly qualified staff. Most of the staff have themselves trained with us and they not only understand how important support from the rest of the team is but also, how they personally will play a part in that, so don't worry we are here to support you in everyway, throughout our journey together.
The Area: Minutes from Birmingham, Walsall is a busy market town and administrative centre in West Midlands. Historically part of Staffordshire, it is easily accessed via JCT7 (M6) by car and is within easy commuting distance from Birmingham, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton and Dudley. We have our own car park and are readily accessible by rail, bus and metro. We are in the heart of Walsall within close proximity to shopping centres, gyms/leisure complex's, cinemas and also many nearby open green spaces. Walsall also has its own Museum, Art Gallery and Memorial Parks testament to its illustrious past. Offering young/elderly, exempt/fee paying, new/existing patients with a range of treatment needs providing a truly diverse learning opportunity. This should allow the FD to learn the principles of 'how to work' through extensive wide ranging clinical experience. Enabling them to self appraise, develop and grow, by working on their weaknesses whilst developing their strengths. There is an emphasis on working at your own pace and being comfortable, full clinical freedom whilst being able to offer the full range of NHS treatment modalities.
Other Points of Interest: Having been a FD within the same area and training scheme, the Principal Gurjit Moore, knew from his and the team's own experiences what was required to help a trainee, settle into general practice and develop in a way which would offer, a truly supported immersion into general practice. We want to help our trainees develop into proficient, caring clinicians, who provide high quality outcomes for patients. We want to promote forward thinking, innovation, encourage creativity and focus on developing the individual's readiness for the ever changing job market. Let's be honest, we all want employability at the end of it and all our previous trainees have all gone on to gain post training employment, more often than not within one of our own practices or other well regarded organisations. We have a mix of professionals with varying levels of experience and interests within our group of practices and we are eager to continue to add to that by developing our own 'superstars'. We want to ensure your individual learning needs are supported and you are fully equipped to deal with life in general dental practice on completion of hopefully an enjoyable and successful FD year. We, as should you, regard this as the start of your professional career and not just an adjunct to your undergraduate training. We look forward to welcoming the successful candidate to the family and starting this new chapter together.