Careers as an MFP

Career titles are Maxillofacial Prosthetists (MFP) or Reconstructive Scientist (RS) in the United Kingdom, but other terms are sometimes used in Europe and the rest of the world such as:

Specialism: Maxillofacial Prosthetics/Reconstructive Science (UK) or Epithetics (Europe) or Anaplastology (Rest World)

Specialists: Maxillofacial Prosthetist or Reconstructive Scientist (UK) or Epithetist (Europe) or Anaplastologist (Rest World)

Career Structure

There are different levels of staff with different titles that reflect the job role they undertake, the experience and seniority they have within the department. They may have titles that reflect a particular specialist area of rehabilitation but most will be preceded by one of these titles:

Associate or Assistant Healthcare Scientist (Band 2-4)

A staff member at the introductory level of the profession. Prior to undergraduate or post graduate specialist training

Trainee Reconstructive Scientist (STP) (Band 6)

The most junior member of the team on the full time STP programme. The staff member will only be allowed to work with patients when supervised

Maxillofacial Prosthetist or Clinical Scientist (Band 7)

A member of staff who has completed extensive training to achieve the level of knowledge and clinical skills required to be competent to treat patients requiring varied rehabilitation

Principal Maxillofacial Prosthetist or Clinical Scientist (Band 7- 8b)

Very experienced staff member with a wide area of expertise, sometimes given responsibility for a particular specialist area of rehabilitation

Consultant Maxillofacial Prosthetist or Clinical Scientist (Band 8b - 9)

The most senior staff member with a broad spectrum of experience, holding management responsibility for a specialist service or regional service and a national expert role.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) & Life Long Learning

IMPT Members are expected to undertake continuing professional development throughout their career. This makes sure they are up to date in scientific developments and techniques to be able to maintain clinical competency over the ‘life’ of their career to protect patients and offer the best standard of care.

Clinically practising members must meet the requirements of their statutory registration body (General Dental Council & Health Care Profession Council).

Individual members are responsible for their own CPD. It is not the responsibility of the IMPT to maintain a register of CPD or monitor compliance.

CPD can be in many forms from local audits, attendance to local and national meetings, mandatory training at work, reading journals and writing articles, attending further education and many other formats. For more information on CPD requirements contact the Education Officer.

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