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Enhancing the Very Grassroots of Dentistry

The University of Portsmouth Dental Academy reaches new heights with Eschmann


Dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to all dental hygiene, therapy and nursing students, the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy has recently introduced a brand new facility.

Sponsored and supplied by Eschmann, the Academy has installed a brand new and totally unique decontamination training suite. Much to the delight of both staff and students, the new facility will enable students to learn all the decontamination processes effectively and safely, as no instruments processed will have been used on patients, but on training (plastic) teeth only.

Experienced and qualified dental colleagues from around the local area will also be able to utilise this suite in order to meet their continual training needs, in line with GDC regulation.

 students to learn all the decontamination processes

Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Paul Hayes, said “The Dental Academy is, without any doubt, one of the jewels in the University’s crown. It is enormously satisfying that this new decontamination training room is available to our students and to the wider community to meet their CPD needs. We are extremely grateful to Eschmann who sponsored this facility and have been valuable partners in its creation. We are sure that what has been created here will play a significant part in preparing our students for life in primary care, and it is my great pleasure to declare this facility open.”

 Professor Hayes and Peter Abrahamowicz from Eschmann

Professor Hayes and Peter Abrahamowicz from Eschmann then pulled the ribbon to officially open the fantastic new suite. All students, University staff and Eschmann representatives in attendance clearly shared in the excitement of the event.

Director of the Dental Academy, Dr Sara Holmes said, “All of us at the University are delighted to have such a great facility. Our courses focus on three stages of training – theory, simulation and reality – and this decontamination training suite enables us to follow these steps while keeping both our students and their patients safe.”

Of the partnership between the University and Eschmann, Clinical Director John Weld said “We have been working with Eschmann for a few years now – the support they provide has always been very good, particularly considering the volume of patients who visit the Academy.”

Sara Holmes added, “We have formed a very good relationship with Eschmann, and therefore a very powerful partnership. This is a testament to all the professionals involved in this project, and is a great credit to the team from Eschmann.”

The experts at Eschmann were equally as delighted to be involved in the project, and were pleased to have contributed to the very grassroots of dentistry. David Gibson, Marketing Manager from Eschmann says, “As the first and only one of its kind in the UK, this is a truly ground-breaking educational initiative, which we at Eschmann are delighted to be a part of. We want to help these students learn about decontamination in the right way, so that they have the practical skills to work safely and effectively in the dental industry. Although this is our first joint venture with a leading establishment, we hope it will not be the last and is a model we can look to repeat elsewhere in the UK.”

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