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Jacqui Elsden – Education

Jacqui qualified at Kings College Hospital Dental School in 1983 as a Dental Nurse. Jacqui obtained both the Hospital Qualification in Dental Nursing and the NEBDN National Certificate and continued as a Senior Dental Nurse at Kings until 1984. Jacqui continued to work in general practice until 1988 when she took a three year break to start a family, then continued in general practice until 2004.

Since 2004, Jacqui has been employed by the postgraduate education and training arm of the NHS, formerly the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery, now known as Health Education England Kent Surrey & Sussex (HEE KSS). During this period, she obtained awards in Vocational Assessment, Internal Quality Assurance, Teaching and Mentoring together with Certificates in Practice Appraisal and Radiography.

Jacqui has an interest in research and has presented nationally at the Royal College of Surgeons and internationally at the Association of Dental Research in Barcelona and has been published in the dental press.

More recently Jacqui obtained an MSc distinction in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare at the University of Kent and was awarded the annual Dissertation prize for the highest achievement.

Jacqui continues her role with HEE KSS as their Dental Education Facilitator to deliver training primarily for dental nurses across Kent, Surrey & Sussex. Jacqui’s role also includes the position of Learning Set Facilitator for HEE KSS RCS FGDP Diploma for Clinical Dental Technicians and the HEE KSS Foundation Degree in Advanced Dental Nursing. In addition Jacqui continues in the role of Chair for NEBDN’s Quality Assurance committee; a position which she has held since 2012.

Jacqui likes to spend time with her family when not at work. In addition, Jacqui is a keen gardener and enjoys relaxing on holidays wherever possible. Jacqui is a keen supporter of a local hospice and has participated in many fundraising activities over the years for Cancer charities.