Careers as an MFP

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Careers as an MFP


We are named Maxillofacial Prosthetists (MFP) in the United Kingdom, but other terms are sometimes used in Europe and the rest of the world such as:

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

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

Medical term for device: A Prosthesis or Epithesis or Somato Prosthesis

In the United Kingdom we are mainly based in NHS hospitals, although there are a number of private clinics.

Our training also varies depending on the region of the world you are in. The UK has a strong tradition of training with post-graduate study and established clinical training posts. MFP’S are under the training framework of the UK Governments Department of Health (DoH). The specialist area we derive from is Healthcare Science. At present (2011-) the training pathways are being developed under the program Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC).
There are 55,000 Healthcare Scientists in the NHS in the UK and these have been grouped to improve training pathways. Maxillofacial Prosthetics forms part of the Physical Sciences.
MFP’s training is part of the Scientist Training Program (STP). It includes a postgraduate 3-year rotational program to Masters level and then further specialist accredited Scientist training. A document from the DoH is available here on frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding recruitment to the Scientific Training Program.

To gain access to this training program of study (3 year rotation) you will have to have completed a Bachelors Degree, ideally in Dental Technology. Updates will be available as the curricula are updated and these will be published on this website.

The IMPT is recognised by the UK DoH as the registration body for Maxillofacial Prosthetists. Guidance was given to all NHS Hospital Trusts that MFP’s should be registered with the IMPT.

All Maxillofacial Prosthetists have also to be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) as our scope of practice involves the treatment of patients involving the mouth and the manufacture of dental and medical devices. This requirement came into effect on the 1st August 2008.

If you would like further information contact the Education Officer

Registration

The IMPT is recognised by the UK DoH as the registration body for Maxillofacial Prosthetists. Guidance was given to all NHS Hospital Trusts that MFP’s should be registered with the IMPT.

All Maxillofacial Prosthetists have also to be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) as our scope of practice involves the treatment of patients involving the mouth and the manufacture of dental and medical devices. This requirement came into effect on the 1st August 2008.