Top Tips to Prepare you for your DCT1 Interview

So those of you who have read my previous post about why I chose DCT (see here) may have submitted your own application - but what are the interviews like and how should you prepare? Here are my top tips!

Personal Specification

If you've checked your application on Oriel, you should notice that there is a Personal Specification to help guide you with what they want a successful applicant to be like. If you haven't checked it yet, here's a brief summary:
  1. Clinical skills: To be aware of own limitations/have insight into their deficiencies, be competent to work without clinical supervision, show knowledge of evidence-informed practice and demonstrates it use in practice.
  2. Organisation, planning and management: Prioritise clinical need, organise yourself and your work, be able to work in multi-professional teams, understanding of clinical governance and audit
  3. Academia/research: Understanding of research, evidence of presentation and professional qualifications
  4. Career progression: Understanding of value, purpose and structure of DCT

The interview itself is made up for 3 x 10 minute stations and this year they will be introducing a SJT (oh no!), the stations are as follows:

1. Personal Skills/Portfolio Station

This station focuses mainly on your portfolio or ePDP and they ask you questions around this and your professional development. Example questions include:

  • What have you done during your DFT?
  • How useful have you found ePDP?
  • Why do you want to do DCT?
  • What makes a good tutorial?
  • How would you make your tutorials better?
  • Are you a good dentist?
  • What is your career plan? (read about careers here)

2. Management and Leadership/Clinical Station

This station was one where you were given 2 clinical scenarios and asked how you might manage them. Most of them were testing your leadership skills rather than just your clinical knowledge and there was often a complication added into the mix e.g. capacity, safeguarding, consent. Some examples include:

  • Management of a patient with post-op pain after XLA 
  • Management of an OAC during XLA
  • Management of post-op bleeding 
  • Management of a patient with a numb lip post XLA
  • Management of a patient who cannot close mouth post XLA
  • Management of child with avulsed tooth
  • Management of Ludwig's Angina
  • Management of patient with facial pain
  • Management of patient with complex MH e.g. bisphosphonates, anti-coagulants

3. Clinical Governance Station

This station is based on the pillars of clinical governance where you discuss clinical effectiveness, risk management and patient focus. Example questions include:

  • What's the difference between research and audit
  • Talk about an audit you have performed in practice (read about audit here)
  • Why is it important to use evidence base in practice?
  • Talk about CPD/courses you have been on
  • What difficulties could you foresee when trying to conduct research?
  • What are the different types of evidence? (read about EBD here)
  • Give an example of where evidence has changed your practice
  • How would you perform a risk assessment in practice?
  • What is professional propriety? 
  • How would you manage a member of staff working outside of their remit/arriving drunk 
  • What is Duty of Candour?

The pilot SJT that I took last year was pretty similar to the DFT SJT but instead of being a foundation dentist, you were acting as a junior doctor in hospital. Just remember the hieracrhy of staff in a hospital:
(Junior Doctor - Clinical fellow - Registrar - Consultant - Clinical Director - Medical Director).

Some extra things to read to help you prepare for the interview:
  • GDC standards (see here)
  • Francis Report 
  • Steele Report
  • The White Report
  • Darzi Report
  • CQC report of the practice you work in
  • CPD requirements of dental professionals 

I hope that helps everyone! The interview for DCT are coming up in April so keep an eye out on Oriel! Good luck!

If you have any questions, please add them to the comments section below!

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