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Dr Amitha Ranauta

Senior clinical lecturer, Barts and The London.

Title: Barriers to Confidence and the reality of developing your clinical skills in practice?

The aim of this lecture is to examine the concept of self-confidence and it impact of developing clinical skills in general dental practice.


  • to understand factors in the dental environment that impact on self confidence  
  • to understand the impact of self-efficacy and locus of control
  • to understand different pathways available to develop clinical skills in general dental practice

Amitha qualified as a dentist from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1996. On completion of vocational training, whilst working in general dental practice, she pursued her special interest in ethics and law by completing her Medical Law degree at Cardiff University in 2000.

Amitha started working at Barts and The London in 2006 as a clinical lecturer and is now senior clinical lecturer. She completed the Communication Skills Teaching Programme at the University of Cambridge in 2011. She is the lead module convenor for teaching of professionalism and communication Skills teaching in the dental curriculum. Amitha successfully completed her PhD thesis, 'Professionalism in the dental undergraduate curriculum', in 2016. Her research interests are the development of professionalism, the role of patients as educators and reflective practice.

She has been appointed as an honorary lecturer of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons. She also sits as a panellist for the GDC’s Fitness to Practice procedures adjudicating matters on clinical and professional misconduct.


Amitha Ranauta