Task 1 – the Report. Suggestions for content. Remember. The scenario is looking at discovering reasons for why attendees at dentists have dropped off in recent years. Look carefully at the assessment objectives .
Suggestions for content
The scenario is looking at discovering reasons for why attendees at dentists have dropped off in recent years.
“Candidates should be encouraged to undertake research into the problem presented so that they can:
“Candidates will benefit from setting hypothesis which are both realistic and testable and founded on well researched information”
“Having carried out the research candidates will need to put forward their own explanations for the trends observed …”
“Having set out their hypothesis they (candidates) will need to define some of the terms they use ..”
“…consider the effects you would be likely to observe if your hypothesis were correct”
Use the above to “…determine the sorts and level of data required ..”
You will need to consider the issues in the data protection act that apply.
What has changed recently regarding the NHS and dental treatment:
Can you source
You ought perhaps to summarise costs as they are now and if possible as they were some years ago. Again now isn’t the time to suggest this is the reason for falling numbers but it will form part of your summary at the end.
Has the advise from dentists themselves changed ?
What sort of treatments are available and what do they mean. Your reports audience may not understand for example what the various options e.g. crown, filling, bridge etc. are. This is not a manual on dentistry but if you are suggesting things have changed is that because treatments themselves have changed.
N.B. Remember to quote/reference your sources
You need to set out your hypothesis – remember it needs to be a complex one.
As part of this you need to give
N.B. the guidance asks you to comment on the implications under the Data Protection Act and what you will do to ensure compliance.