Black box dentistry: putting human factors into practice

The Turnpoint team delivered the first black box dentistry course at London Heathrow on 17 January 2019.

The course was received with overwhelmingly positive feedback from the dozen delegates, all rating the course as ‘excellent’.

The course was co-created by dental and aviation professionals at Turnpoint with a view of providing dental professionals an insight into human factors through an aviation lens.

The intention of the course is to facilitate understanding of how humans operate in challenging environments and offer the experience and learning of the aviation industry that has developed effective strategies to manage risky and stressful situations in a systematic way.

Relevant workshops

Aviation best practice has previously been applied to other healthcare professionals in the NHS such as surgeons, however dentists, to date, have not benefited from these interventions as much.

The challenges faced by dentists and dental nurses are special and Turnpoint feels aviation has a lot to offer this industry.

As well as highly relevant workshops facilitated by dentists and pilots, the delegates spend time in a flight simulator to give them a true insight into the working environment of pilots and some of the challenges faced.

The next black box dentistry courses take place on 1 March and 4 April.

These can be booked via Turnpoint’s website at for £499.

Turnpoint can offer bespoke dates for group bookings and can deliver black dentistry courses at your chosen training location.

This course contributes six hours towards your CPD.

For any further queries, contact the team by emailing [email protected]

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