Role of DwSIs in Orthodontics

The DwSI in Orthodontics is expected to treat patients within their competence and refer complex cases to a specialist orthodontist or local hospital service as part of the local clinical network.

The orthodontic clinical network is defined as a group of orthodontic practitioners, including orthodontic consultants, specialist orthodontic practitioners and DwSIs, who provide orthodontic care. The balance will depend on the workforce available in different geographical areas. The network will ensure that needs are met, the service is developed appropriately and that high standards and outcomes of care are maintained at all times.

The DwSI in Orthodontics would be expected to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to ensuring that an agreed minimum level of competency in orthodontics is maintained. Furthermore, the standard of care provided should be equivalent to that expected of orthodontic specialists in a practice that has the additional facilities and equipment for the provision of orthodontic treatment. The DwSI in Orthodontics would be expected to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) and education in their special area of interest and core generalist areas.

The following are sources of evidence of ongoing commitment by the DwSI in Orthodontics:

  • Peer review, such as mentoring arrangements
  • Verifiable relevant CPD and attendance at orthodontic courses
  • Be a member of the appropriate orthodontic study groups and societies
  • Satisfactory completion of cases as indicated by PAR outcomes
  • Participate in structured training as part of the local orthodontic clinical network