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Swansea Vale

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The Swansea Vale Scheme normally compromises of practices all within a reasonable driving distance of Swansea, Bridgend and Port Talbot. The practices are well equipped with good staff and ample patient numbers. The dental foundation (DF) dentists would have lots of experience of routine clinical dentistry and would also benefit from the Educational Supervisors own particular special interests.

The surrounding areas are a mixture of cities with good shops and entertainment and also lovely countryside with good outdoor and sporting activities.

The study days are based at the Dental Postgraduate unit, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil on which has easy access and plenty of parking on site. These are usually on a Tuesday of each week. The Unit has excellent facilities, including dental units for hands-on training, full-equipped lecture and seminar rooms, IT facilities and library. There are canteen and restaurant facilities within the hospital complex.

The Swansea Vale study day programme is a varied mixture of hands-on clinical sessions with hands on sessions, seminars, presentations and residential conferences.

Cardiff has excellent cultural and international sporting opportunities and is a lively, elegant city catering for all tastes. Cardiff is the home to the Millennium Stadium and many legislative buildings. It is a city with both heritage and ambition and benefits from excellent road, rail and airport links. Many trainees upon completion of their training year are happy to settle within the area.

The Training Programme Director (TPD) for this scheme is Dr David Hannington BDS (Lon), MFGDP (UK), PGDip (MedEd), FDTFEd, FHEA. David Hannington qualified from Guys’ Hospital Dental School in 1986. He has worked in primary care practice for nearly thirty years as an associate, Practice owner, Provider and multiple times Foundation Dentist trainer.

David has a long association with postgraduate education and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW). In 2003 he set up the first foundation training scheme for dental therapists in general practice. David acts as a Dental Practice Advisor to two of the Welsh Local Health Boards and also to Public Health Wales.

He has extensive experience of managing contractual, legislative and performance related issues. He also works with Health Inspectorate Wales and Welsh Government in relation to clinical governance matters.

David is committed to teamwork and training in General practice producing quality care for patients.

Watch the below video to see a previous trainee on the Swansea Vale scheme discuss their experience :