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Quality assurance of undergraduate dental teaching programmes

This is an opportunity to help with the development of a questionnaire about dental degree courses.

  • Monday 20th November 2017 15:00 (1 hour)
  • Workshop
  • Influence


The educational standards set by the General Dental Council require dental schools to collect patient feedback and use this to inform the development of the degree courses they teach. 

Newcastle School of Dental Sciences would like to develop a questionnaire which can be used to obtain patient feedback on the two degree courses it runs. To do this, it is necessary to identify which areas of the courses patients feel they can comment on and the research team has decided to do this using focus groups. 

Once these areas have been identified, the research team will design the questionnaire around them.  The questionnaire will be reviewed for comment by another focus group of patients and changed accordingly if this is required. The questionnaire will then be given to a focus group of dental school staff and a separate group of dental students for comment.  The finished questionnaire will then be piloted at Newcastle Dental Hospital.

Volunteer Criteria

Participants must be aged 18 or over and have received treatment from a dental student or hygiene/therapy student within the last 18 months at either Newcastle Dental Hospital or one of the outreach clinics at Kenton, Walker or Arthur's Hill.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be required to attend one focus group session lasting one hour. In the focus group you will be asked to give your ideas about areas of the degree courses offered by Newcastle School of Dental Sciences that you feel you could give feedback on.

Using the results collected from this focus group the research team aim to design a questionnaire which could be given to Dental Hospital patients for patient feedback.

You will be asked if you would like to take part in a second focus group to comment on this questionnaire before it is piloted.

When & where?

The focus group will take place on Monday 20th November, 3-4pm at the Newcastle Dental Hospital. Participants will be met by the researcher at the Dental School office and taken to the meeting room.

Meet at the Dental School Office, 3rd Floor - use the main entrance to the Medical School.

Will I get anything for taking part?

Travel expenses will be reimbursed and refreshments will be provided.


  • Dental School Office, 3rd Floor Newcastle Dental Hospital
  • Richardson Road
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE2 4AZ


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  • Valerie Ingoe
    13th November 2017

    I am unable to attend on that date but happy to provide feedback on treatment I received at dental hospital in 2016 and prior to that