EDHF (European Dental Hygienists Federation) issue call for consultation on a common education framework (CEF) for dental hygienists in Europe
The EDHF, a federation for Dental Hygienists Associations in Europe, commenced the process of developing a common Pan-European curriculum in September 2016. Comments are invited from the following:
The main objectives of the Federation are to strengthen the dental hygiene profession, by:
identifying common standards for dental hygienist professional practice
training and education
supporting access to, and the execution of, the dental hygienists’ profession, and
advocating more attention to oral and general preventive health strategies
The EDHF represents over 35,000 dental hygienists, in 20 European countries. In the majority of countries, the profession is regulated by law, and dental hygienists are allowed to work as an independent professional, or have direct access to patients (also referred to as clients, in some countries).
Dental hygienist training is not standardised across Europe, both in terms of formal recognized requirements for training, and the level of training required. Just over half of current programmes exist as a bachelors degree of at least 3 years, representing 180 credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation system.
European countries differ from each other in their dental hygienist professional profile and training and education systems, both in content and in numbers. In order to meet the demands for establishing a common professional profile and a common training and education framework, the EDHF identified these differences by carrying out an inventory of current professional profiles and national transcripts in countries where the dental hygienists’ profession has been regulated. This survey provided an initial platform from which they begin to develop a common European curriculum.
ADEE’s role within this process is the provision of guidance and support in ensuring the level of education for dental hygienist meets the highest possible standards particularly when delivered through its members.
The taskforce (below) also consulted with a number of reference groups at various stages of the process so far. The reference groups allowed opinion from a diverse number of expert individuals and institutions from across Europe.
Chair: Kerstin Öhrn (Prof, PhD, RDH), Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden
Agnes van Boxtel (RDH, PGCE, BA, MBA)
University of Applied Science, Arnhem & Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Bo Danielsen (DDS, MBA, MIL)
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Julia Davies (Prof, PhD)
Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden
James Field (BSc, BDS, MPros, PhD, CertClinEd, MA(Ed), PFHEA)
The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Martin Fugill (BDS, MA, EdD)
BPP University Dental Institute, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Yvonne Howell (RDH, PGCE, MCs)
University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Henrique Luis (DH, BS, MS, PhD)
University of Lisbon, Portugal
Olivia Marchisio (PhD, RDH)
University of Pavia, Italy
The Taskforce met in person four times in 2017, and once in 2018. All meetings were followed up with consultation of the reference groups.
A learning-outcome-based approach:
The curriculum review showed that there was a clear need to develop specific learning outcomes for dental hygienist education. The taskforce and reference groups unanimously decided to base the structure on the recently published ADEE dental curriculum (Field 2017). Reviewers are encouraged the visit and read this document in order to understand the rationale behind a learning-outcome-based approach.