Training suite opens at state-of-the-art dental facility

First phase of a million pound plus training academy opens to clinicians and dental support teams

07 December, 2022 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

The initial phase of the million pound ‘futurised’ dental training academy will open its doors later this month to Trainee Dental Nurses.

Clyde Munro’s state-of-the-art facility in Perth will reveal its new lecture suite – a multi-purpose room that will provide a space for training clinical staff on the processes of digital dentistry.

The suite can be easily converted to provide space for meetings, classroom purposes and a lecture theatre.

Trainee dental nurses from the Glasgow-headquartered group’s Strive Programme, which aims to introduce people new to the industry about the fundamentals of the profession, will be the first to trial the facility as part of their trainee course.

The suite will open its doors this month ahead of the Advanced Dentistry and Clinical Skills Centre’s official launch in 2023, which will be the first of its kind in Scotland. The new training facility will be housed in Perth’s former British Linen Bank along with Clyde Munro’s new Suresmile® Studio – creating an outstanding dental facility.

Fiona Wood, Chief Operating Officer at Clyde Munro who leads on all innovation projects, said: “This is another fantastic milestone for Clyde Munro as it is so important to offer support and education to our teams across Scotland.

Fiona Wood

“To offer such an amazing high-tech facility in Central Scotland is something we are extremely proud of – the partnership we have with Dentsply Sirona has allowed us to provide the best technology on the market which will allow dentists and staff to experience top quality training to enhance their skills and provide improved treatments to patients across Scotland.”

Clyde Munro has invested more than £1 million into the project which has been created in tandem with $4 billion multi-national, Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies.

Craig Barclay, Project Manager at Clyde Munro, said: “This is a tremendous landmark for the dental sector in this country. The Advanced Dentistry and Clinical Skills Centre will provide the platform for dental professionals in Scotland to gain unrivalled training.

Craig Barclay

“Our dental nurses will get the privilege of using the new lecture suite later this month as part of their training programme, and we envision this to be the first cohort of many to come through our doors and use this facility.”

The Advanced Dentistry and Clinical Skills Centre will focus on upskilling and training current professionals in new technologies, as well as offering practical, clinical training.

Phase two of the project – scheduled for completion early next year – will see the centre facilitate nine dental manikins, known as phantom heads, for a unique hands-on training experience.

Other equipment which will become available following the academy’s second phase include an Orthophos®CBCT x-ray machine with a CEPH Arm, which is used to take 3D images of a patient’s skull, a Primescan® 3D intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of patient’s upper and lower teeth, a Primemill® for chairside dental milling to restore patient’s teeth, a high-temperature CEREC® Speedfire® furnace and an inEos X5 scanner, used to scan models of patients’ jaws.

All of the training will be interconnected by an audio-visual system that will allow students to get unprecedented access to live training materials.

Craig added: “The Advanced Dentistry and Clinical Skills Centre is futurising the dental industry as we know it.

“It will be the first centre of its type in Scotland, not only does it provide a training academy and lecture suite, but it will also feature an active surgery room.

“We can have a patient in the chair while intra-oral cameras stream back live footage of a procedure to clinicians who are on or off-site. The training academy will stand alone as the most innovative centre of its type in the country.”

The Advanced Dentistry and Clinical Skills Centre will in time also offer courses to dentists and Nurses outside of the Clyde Munro group from across the UK.

The Glasgow dental group operates more than 78 practices throughout Scotland, employing more than 250 dentists and caring for more than 600,000 patients annually.

Clyde Munro has grown rapidly since being founded with seven practices by Jim Hall in 2015 and earlier this year, secured a £25 million cash injection from Investec to fund further expansion plans. 

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