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 Centre, Prince Charles Hospital Merthyr. The Centre 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 blended and hands-on clinical sessions.
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 Richard Jones. In addition to his role as TPD, Richard is currently a senior dentist and educational supervisor at the Porth Dental Teaching Unit. After qualifying in the early 1990s Richard spent many years working in general practice both in the UK and Australia before eventually owning his own 4 surgery practice in South Wales. Following this he held the post of Senior Clinical Teacher in Primary Dental Care at Cardiff Dental School where he was also the lead for the undergraduate crown course. Richard has also worked as an Educational Associate for the GDC where he has been involved in quality ensuring dental education programmes and is keen to make sure that your foundation training year is an enjoyable high quality educational experience in a supportive environment to help prepare you for your future dental career.
Watch the below video to see a previous trainee on the Swansea Vale scheme discuss their experience: