Self assessment (ST1) Paediatric Dentistry ST1 recruitment

Part of the Oriel application form for this specialty includes a series of self assessment questions.

You'll need to provide clear evidence to justify your answers.

Please note there is a separate self assessment form if you're applying to Paediatric Dentistry ST4.

The self assessment questions

There are a number of multiple-choice self assessment questions built into the application form. For these questions, you need to select the most appropriate response from a drop-down list.

The self assessment questions, the list of responses and details of suitable evidence can be found in the next section on this page.

Your responses to the self assessment questions will be validated against the evidence you submit. Evidence to substantiate your answers must be easily identified and follow the strict guidance given.

The recruitment office is not able to advise you about which response you should select for any question. You must select the response you feel you will be able to justify to the verification panel, using the evidence you provide.

Important: Important

If it's discovered that any self assessment response you provide is false or misleading or if you provide evidence containing Patient Identifiable Data, you may be referred to a Probity Panel.

We reserve the right to use anti-plagiarism software.

Submitting your self assessment

We'll be using a separate system for collating and verifying the self assessment evidence. Further details on how and where to upload your evidence will be provided to applicants after longlisting has been completed.

Your uploaded documents will then be validated against your self assessment score by a panel of clinicians. After validation has been completed applicants will be provided with feedback detailing any amended scores. 

Appealing your score

If you wish to appeal your validated self assessment score, you'll then have a 72-hour window to do so. 

Please note, as part of this appeal, applicants will not be able to upload any additional documents. The appeal will then be reviewed by the appeals panel and the score awarded by them will be final.  

Non-urgent advice: Your self assessment evidence

The verification panel will only be able to assess the evidence you provide. They will not contact you to request additional evidence.

This means you should provide all evidence in a clear format so it's easy to identify and assess. Any evidence not clearly presented will be rejected.

More information about the self assessment upload portal can be found in the “Self Assessment Evidence Portal - Applicant Guide” document in the Specialty Training site's resource bank.

2023 ST1 Paediatric Dentistry national self-assessment form

Listed below are the self-assessment questions that appear on the application form along with the possible responses to each question.

Your responses to these self-assessment questions will determine your own score. You will need to provide evidence to substantiate your responses via the Self-Assessment portal (which is a different system to Oriel where you make the application); this evidence will be validated by a panel and used to derive your final validated score.

You will be expected to upload evidence after you make an application, timelines will be communicated to you by the lead recruiter for the specialty you have applied to. 

Any lack of evidence, or lack of clarity provided by applicants will lead to an amendment of the score. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide clear and unambiguous evidence for the process.

Your evidence must be submitted to the Self-Assessment portal between 16 February 2023 and 24 February 2023. Please refer to the relevant section of the applicant guidance for details of the evidence required.

Please submit a separate PDF file for each of the 11 Self-Assessment questions. Please note that applicants should upload all evidence for each question, this may include you uploading the same evidence used for a previous question. 

Please do not password protect any of your evidence upon upload.

The panel will only be able to assess the evidence you provide via the portal; they will not contact you to request additional evidence. You are therefore requested to provide all evidence in a clear format so that this can easily be identified and assessed.

The recruitment office is not able to advise you about which response you should select for any question. You must select the response you feel you will be able to justify to the panel, using the evidence you provide.  

Please note that no evidence can be submitted retrospectively.  Evidence should not contain patient identifiable data.

A self-assessment topic has been added to the FAQ section on Oriel to assist applicants when filling out certain questions on this form.

*All time periods stated refer to Whole/Full Time Equivalent (WTE) of employment (excluding any periods of statutory leave).  

If you have worked LTFT at any period, you will need to provide evidence of the LTFT employment e.g., timetable or job plan for several questions.  This evidence can be the same but needs to be uploaded for each question. 

Where evidence submitted is not clear, it may be rejected. 

Question 1

At the proposed time of post commencement, how many months (WTE)* will you have spent in total in DCT posts/specialty dentist posts (SAS)** or DCT equivalent? Please do not include Dental Foundation Training or any other posts.

Responses

Scores

0 to 12 months

0

13 to 24 months

2

25+ months

6

Evidence

  • Please provide evidence of completion of training posts detailing the clinical duties undertaken, e.g., a timetable, job description, HR letter.
  • For non-training posts please provide a copy of the front page of your contract of employment which includes dates and include an outline of the duties you have undertaken e.g., a timetable validated by lead clinician or employer.
  • National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence will count as 24 months.
  • **This excludes DFT.
  • You must provide evidence for LTFT posts e.g., timetable/job plan.

Question 2

At the time of application opening (12 January 2023), have you been awarded MFDS or MJDF? You must have completed all parts; completion of Part A only does not count.

Responses

Scores

No

0

Yes

2

Evidence

  • Please provide your certificate.
  • If you have not yet received your certificate, please provide confirmation that you have passed both parts of the examination.

Question 3

At the time of application opening (12 January 2023), how many complete quality improvement projects (QIP) / complete audit cycles (i.e., first audit/project, action plan and re-audit/assessment to quantify impact of intervention) have you undertaken in the last 36 months (WTE)* of employment (excluding any periods of statutory leave)? Evidence for no more than a total 2 audits /QIP should be included.

Responses

Scores

None

0

1 complete audit cycle

1

1 QIP

2

2 separate complete audit cycles

3

1 QIP and 1 or more complete audit cycles

4

2 QIP

5

Evidence

  • For each QIP/audit please provide a summary (e.g., PowerPoint presentation) – including:
    • first QIP/audit
    • action plan
    • evaluations/re-audit/assessment to quantify impact of intervention, led by yourself
    • dates QIP/audit undertaken
  • Please evidence your involvement in each QIP/audit e.g., email acknowledgement of registration of QIP/audit with Clinical Governance team or response from QIP/audit lead.
  • You must provide evidence for LTFT posts e.g., timetable/job plan.

Question 4

At the time of application opening (12 January 2023), please select the statement that best describes your experience in formal teaching events such as a small group tutorial or lecture, of a minimum length of 30 minutes (this excludes clinical supervision).  

Responses

Scores

None

0

I am occasionally engaged in teaching e.g., small group tutorials, lectures etc. on no more than 5 distinct occasions within the last 36 months (WTE)

1

I am regularly engaged in teaching e.g., small group tutorials, lectures etc. on at least 6 to 10 distinct occasions within the last 36 months (WTE)

2

I am regularly engaged in teaching e.g., small group tutorials, lectures etc. on 11 or more distinct occasions within the last 36 months (WTE)

4

Evidence

  • Please provide evaluation from teaching events which should include the date, time and target audience.
  • You must provide evidence for LTFT posts e.g., timetable/job plan.

Question 5

Have you achieved any publications within the last 60 months (WTE)* prior to 12 January 2023? This excludes published abstracts.

Select the highest scoring option applicable.

Responses

Scores

None

0

Letter/book review/non-peer reviewed article/or non-peer reviewed e-publication

1

Case report

3

One peer reviewed publication

4

More than one peer reviewed publication

5

Evidence

  • For each publication, please include a screenshot or PDF copy of the publication or the acceptance letter from the relevant journal.
  • Do not include publication of a poster or an oral presentation abstract as they will not be counted as evidence.
  • You must provide evidence for LTFT posts e.g., timetable/job plan.

Question 6

At the time of application opening (12 January 2023), have you given a local (within working environment), regional (deanery or NHS region), national (UK wide) or international (international/continent society meeting) oral presentation within the last 60 months (WTE)*?

NB. An oral narrative to a poster presentation is excluded from this category.

Select the highest scoring option applicable.

Responses

Scores

None

0

Local

1

Regional

2

National

4

International

6

Evidence

  • Please provide a copy of the relevant page of the meeting programme/s naming you as a presenter.
  • This can include cancelled events (due to the pandemic) at which you have been invited to speak. Please provide speaker programme as evidence.
  • An oral narrative to a poster presentation is excluded from this category.
  • You must provide evidence for LTFT posts e.g., timetable/job plan.

Question 7

At the time of application opening (12 January 2023), have you given any local (within working environment) / regional (deanery or NHS region) / national (UK wide) / international (international/continent society meeting) poster presentations in the last 60 months (WTE)*?

Select the highest scoring option applicable.

Responses

Scores

None

0

Local

1

Regional

2

National

3

International

4

Evidence

  • Please provide a copy of the relevant page of the meeting programme(s) naming you as a presenter.
  • You must provide evidence for LTFT posts e.g., timetable/job plan.

Question 8

Please provide evidence of commitment to the specialty you are applying for, over the last 36 months (WTE)* from application opening (12 January 2023).

Select the highest scoring option applicable.

Responses

Scores

No evidence

0

Attendance at a national or international specialist society meeting/conference

2

Attendance at more than one national or international specialist society meetings/conferences

4

Evidence

  • Proof of attendance for each meeting/conference
  • You must provide evidence for LTFT posts e.g., timetable/job plan

Question 9

At the time of application opening (12 January 2023) what management and leadership experience/formal training have you had as an undergraduate or postgraduate dentist?

Responses

Scores

No evidence

0

Completion of an NHS leadership/management course e.g., Edward Jenner

1

A leadership role e.g., Trust/HEI junior dentist representative, BDA/Specialist society role, clinical leadership fellow etc.

2

Completion of an NHS leadership/management course and a leadership role

4

Evidence

  • Proof of leadership role validated by senior clinician or employer.
  • Evidence of course attendance or certificate of completion.

Question 10

At the proposed time of post commencement, how much time will you have spent in training posts in Paediatric Dentistry or in equivalent posts in Paediatric Dentistry?

(Prorated for any periods of less than full time/non full-time posts)

Responses

Scores

No time

0

Less than 3 months

1

3 - 6 months

2

More than 6 months - 12 months

3

More than 12 months

4

Evidence

  • Evidence of completion of training posts detailing the clinical duties undertaken e.g., timetable, job description, HR letter.
  • For non-training posts, a copy of the front page of your contract of employment which includes dates will be required.

Question 11

In the last three years have you carried out any Paediatric Dentistry specific quality improvement projects (that have not already been presented as evidence for Q3)?

Responses

Scores

No

0

Yes

2

Yes - was submitted for publication or for a conference poster/presentation

4

Evidence

  • For each audit/project please provide a summary (e.g., PowerPoint presentation), including:
    • first audit/project
    • action plan
    • re-audit/assessment to quantify impact of intervention, led by yourself
    • dates audit/project undertaken
  • Please evidence your involvement in each audit/project e.g., email acknowledgement of registration of audit with Clinical Governance team or response from audit/project lead.

Page last reviewed: 30 September 2022

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