Article: Volume 11 Number 3 Page 93 - July 2018

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  Orth Update 2018; 11: 93-99

Orthodontics:  Training and Scope of Practice for Orthodontic Auxiliaries: Where does the UK sit within Europe?

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Abstract: This article aims to outline the role and training of orthodontic auxiliaries in the UK, including the development of orthodontic therapists (OTs). The limitations and findings from a survey taken to understand the training and scope of orthodontic auxiliaries across Europe are provided and we reflect on the desirability and feasibility of standardized training for OTs, particularly in light of Brexit.

Clinical relevance: Orthodontic auxiliaries are important members of the dental team. It is important that the training, role and scope of practice of all team members are understood to allow safe delegation and supervision.

Author notes: Sophy Barber, BDS, MSc, MOrth RCS(Ed), PG Cert Health Res, Post-CCST Registrar in Orthodontics, Leeds Dental Institute, Rishma Shah, PhD, MSc, BDS(Hons), PhD, FDS RCS, MOrth (RCS Eng), FDS RCS (Orth), FHEA, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, University of North Carolina, Julian O’Neill, BDS, MSc, MOrth (RCS Eng), FFD RCSI, Consultant Orthodontist, Kettering General Hospital, Alison Murray, BDS, MSc, MOrth (RCS Eng), FDS RCPS(Glasg), Consultant Orthodontist, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, Jonathan Sandler, BDS, MSc, PhD, MOrth (RCS Eng), FDS RCPS, FDS RCS, Professor and Consultant Orthodontist, Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Trevor Hodge, BDS, MFDS, MPhil, MOrth(RCS Ed), FDSOrth(RCS Ed), FDS RCS(Eng), FHEA, Consultant Orthodontist, Leeds Dental Institute, UK.

Objective: To outline the role and training of orthodontic auxiliaries in the UK.