Enhanced Verifiable CPD from the
University of Birmingham

Sharps Injuries

Welcome to this Dentaljuce module on sharps.

Sharps injuries among dental personnel are extremely common. Almost all dental clinical staff have either had a sharps injury, or know someone who has. Research has shown that such injuries are often unreported, the main reason given being that the processes of dealing with it are considered too onerous.

To try and reduce the incidence of injury, and increase reporting, in 2013 the UK Health and Safety Executive made the employers fully responsible in law for making sure that proper procedures are followed when a sharps injury occurs, and that they had designed the workplace to reduce the risk.

This module takes you through all the aspects of sharps in dentistry. It is "Highly Recommended" by the GDC as part of disinfection and decontamination training.

The Sharps Injury online learning module has clear and concise aims, objectives and anticipated outcomes, listed below. These will appear on the Dentaljuce Enhanced CPD Certificate, along with the time spent, dates, and detailed topics you studied within the module. Certificates can be printed at any time, covering any range of dates. Dentaljuce CPD complies with the UK GDC's requirements for enhanced verifiable continuing professional development.

Your Professional Development Plan (PDP)   
Regulatory authorities recommend that CPD/CE is undertaken based on learning needs that you have identified and entered into your PDP. Some authorities may not accept your CPD as verifiable unless it has been identified in the PDP before you undertake it.

Before starting this module, check that the learning outcomes are what you require, and that you have entered the need into your PDP. Here is an example PDP entry for this module.
What development needs have I? How will I address them? Target completion date Outcomes Date
Completed
To improve my knowledge and understanding of Safer Sharps and sharps injury management. Take the Dentaljuce Sharps Injury module • Know and understand the laws, regulations, practice requirements and duties governing Safer Sharps and Sharps Injury Management.
• Understand the basic science of vaccination, pathogen transfer and inoculation injury.
• Know the correct use and disposal of sharps.
• Know how to reduce the risk of sharps injuries.
• Know how to correctly manage and report a sharps injury.
What development needs have I? To improve my knowledge and understanding of Safer Sharps and sharps injury management.
How will I address them? Take the Dentaljuce Sharps Injury module
Target completion date
Outcomes • Know and understand the laws, regulations, practice requirements and duties governing Safer Sharps and Sharps Injury Management.
• Understand the basic science of vaccination, pathogen transfer and inoculation injury.
• Know the correct use and disposal of sharps.
• Know how to reduce the risk of sharps injuries.
​• Know how to correctly manage and report a sharps injury.
Date completed


Module Aims and Outcomes   

Aim

The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this Dentaljuce module is to allow learners to develop their professional knowledge, understanding and competence in Safer Sharps, and managing sharps injuries, in line with their identified personal learning requirements.

Module objective
• to update members of the dental team with the legislation, guidance, and current best practice in the safe management of sharps and correct management of sharps injuries.

Anticipated learning outcomes:
The learner will:
• Know and understand the laws, regulations, practice requirements and duties governing Safer Sharps and Sharps Injury Management.
• Understand the basic science of vaccination, pathogen transfer and inoculation injury.
• Know the correct use and disposal of sharps.
• Know how to correctly manage and report a sharps injury.
• through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to their patients.


GDC Principles
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC principles and the underlying standards:
• P7: Maintain, develop and work within your professional knowledge and skills


GDC Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcomes:
• DO C. (Clinical domain) Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice


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