"I was well supported by my trainer and the whole dental team. I was given the opportunity to develope and improve my skills. This made my transition from university to general practice much easier. I also benefitted from the In-house Advanced treatments being offerred within the practice group, such as Orthodontics, Periodontics, Dental Implants, IV Sedation, Oral Surgery, Anti-Snoring Treatment and Facial Rejuvenation Therapies. I truly enjoyed my VT year and would highly recommend John G. Plummer & Associates Dental Surgeons for your training year." Dr. Sivaharmy Bali
The aim of Vocational Training (VT) in dentistry is to enhance clinical and administrative competence and promote high standards through relevant postgraduate training so as to allow participants to meet the needs of general dental practice.
"We see this year as both enjoyable and professional; an ideal learning opportunity for those starting a career in dentistry. We aim to give those entering FD1 the best possible start to their careers whilst making learning enjoyable, constructive and intellectually challenging.” -Dr. Denver Fester
John G. Plummer and Associates has been involved with Vocational Training for many years and have 8 VT trainers within the practice group. This years' current 2012-2013 cohort, 7 positions were allocated for Vocational Training places within 8 practices of the group. These are split between the Ipswich and Norwich schemes within the Eastern Deanery.
The practice is a successful independent group of practices highly thought of in the area. As a measure of our professionalism, the practice has been accredited with Internationally recognised Quality Assurance ISO 9002, Investors In People (IIP) and City and Guilds. The practice is a nationally credited Training School for DSAs with 30 current students studying for NVQ3.
"We regularly have Group Practice Meetings to decide on new materials or working practices, etc.. Organise our own Educational Meetings and Lectures and run our own peer meetings. As a large practice we have an active sporting and social calendar with a Practice Football and Cricket team. Many of our organised Continuing Professional Development evenings are designed with a good social interactive component." -Dr. Andy Bell.
There is 10 Practices located in the Norwich, Gt. Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas. Most are purpose builtwithin Health Centres and all within easy reach of each other. The practice is predominantly a National Health Service practice. With a philosophy to provide quality dentistry within the National Health Service. Continuing Professional Development is given a high priority in the practice for all members of staff. We have recently entered a PDS Scheme and our Thorpe St. Andrew Practice is a Dental Pilot Site since August 2011.