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Dental Nurse Education and Training

 

The British Association of Dental Nurses does not run qualification courses but has a great interest in the advancement of the dental nursing profession through education and training. The BADN does however provide the opportunity for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) opportunities through, study days, conferences and the British Dental Nurses Journal.

Dental Nurse Education and training has progressed a great deal over the past number of years, with the largest impact being the GDC (General Dental Council) approval of Statutory Registration for all DCPs (Dental Care Professionals – i.e. dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic therapists).

In the past, there was no statutory requirement for dental nurses to train or become qualified, with many being trained on the job by the dentist or senior staff. However this has changed since the introduction of GDC registration in 2006.

Statutory Registration is primarily about protection of the patient; therefore it is essential that all DCPs are educated and trained to a level which allows safe practice and professionalism when dealing with patients on a daily basis.

                                                                                                                                                                                             Registration with the GDC

 

In order to work as a dental nurse in the UK, it is necessary to be registered with the General Dental Council.  For details on how to register, visit the GDC website www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals

To find out what qualifications are required to register with the GDC, go to www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Education.

Student dental nurses are not required to be registered with the GDC until they have qualified.  For more information on working as a student dental nurse, go to

www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Education/Pages/dcpsintraining.aspx

 

Qualification Routes

The National Diploma Examination

 Since 2011, the National Examining Board For Dental Nurses (NEBDN) has developed a new, more modern qualification to replace the National Certificate called the NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing; it consists of both written and practical assessments developed by subject specialists in conjunction with a well-respected Educational Advisor.

To view National Diploma Course providers please visit:

http://www.nebdn.org/documents/NatDiplomaCentreFebruary2014.pdf

The curriculum is based on the GDC registration requirements for dental nurses.  It sets out the knowledge, skills and behavioural requirements that should be developed and demonstrated.  These are set out in terms of professional competencies, with the assessment method clearly outlined (e.g.. how the skills and knowledge will be assessed in the final examinations – via written questions such as multiple choice (MCQ) or extended matching questions (EMQ) or via Objective Structured Clinical Examinations – OSCEs).

Students sitting the Diploma examination can download a copy of the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing examination guidance. This contains information on the format of the examination (both written and OSCE sections) and sample questions.

To download a copy of this guidance please visit:

http://www.nebdn.org/documents/DiplomaExamGuidanceNov12_000.pdf

Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

This qualification is assessed against the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for dental nursing and are available in England, Scotland and Wales.

The Dental Nursing Qualification focuses on essential practical skills and knowledge for all aspects of dental nursing. The skills will complement your existing understanding of dental equipment, instruments and materials in your role within an oral healthcare team.

The Dental Nursing qualification is for people who already work within an oral healthcare team and who want to learn more about essential areas such as dental disease and treatment and maintaining oral health. It is also required by the General Dental Council as a licence to practise.

In order to complete the qualification learners must complete 15 units in total and successfully complete portfolios of evidence for 11 units and additionally achieve an overall pass in the external exam covering the underpinning knowledge in units 312-315.

For more information about the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and the assessment process used, please visit:

http://www.cityandguilds.com/courses-and-qualifications/health-and-social-care/dental-nursing/4234-dental-nursing

Dental Nursing Apprenticeships

Dental Nursing Apprenticeships provide learners with the knowledge and skills to qualify as a dental nurse, supporting patient care and delivery of dental care.

These qualifications encompass the Level Three in Dental Nursing and transferable skills in communication and application of number.

For more information on dental nursing apprenticeships please visit:

http://www.cityandguilds.com/courses-and-qualifications/health-and-social-care/dental-nursing/9855-dental-nursing-apprenticeships/level-3

Dental Nursing Apprenticeships – Scotland

(Level 3 SVQ in Dental Nursing at SCQF Level 7)

Dental Nursing Apprenticeships provide learners with the knowledge and skills to qualify as a dental nurse, supporting patient care and delivery of dental care.

This qualification encompasses the Level Three in Dental Nursing and core skills.

For more information on the SVQ please visit:

http://www.cityandguilds.com/courses-and-qualifications/health-and-social-care/dental-nursing/A014-dental-nursing-apprenticeships-scotland/level-3

The Apprenticeship framework document, including information on the Employment Rights & Responsibilities (ERR) and Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS), can be found at:

England and Wales: www.afo.sscalliance.org 
Scotland: www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk 
Northern Ireland: www.nidirect.gov.uk

The Professional Recognition Awards

These have been developed for those at the highest professional levels within their chosen careers. The awards enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and skills within any sector or role. They can also help candidates working towards higher level qualifications.
Those achieving these awards will be granted an appropriate, internationally recognised post-nominal: LCGI, AfCGI, GCGI and MCGI.

These qualifications are ideal for those working at the highest professional levels in any role or sector and looking for an accredited qualification to provide recognition of their knowledge and skills. The qualifications are designed for those who wish to gain recognition for the practical application of professional skills, knowledge and understanding in employment, offering an employment-based route to higher level qualifications.

For further information please visit:

http://www.cityandguilds.com/courses-and-qualifications/professional-recognition-awards/professional-recognition-awards/9200-professional-recognition-awards

Post Registration Qualifications

NEBDN also provide Post Certificate qualifications in the following awards:

The Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing

The Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing is a qualification suitable for dental nurses who assist in the surgery during routine conscious sedation. This examination is only suitable for candidates engaged in this type of work on a regular basis as the completion of a Record of Experience, including log sheets, is a requirement for the examination.

For more information, to download a prospectus and a list of training providers please visit:

http://www.nebdn.org/dental_sedation_nursing.html

Certificate in Oral Health Education

The Certificate in Oral Health Education is a qualification suitable for registered dental nurses who are required to provide oral health advice to patients under the direction of a dentist.

For more information, to download a prospectus and a list of training providers please visit:

http://www.nebdn.org/oral_health_education.html

Certificate In Dental Radiography

The Certificate in Dental Radiography is a qualification suitable for dental nurses, therapists and hygienists who are required to x-ray patients under the direction of a dentist. The need for this arises from the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 (IR (ME) R) 2000.

For more information, to download a prospectus and a list of training providers please visit:

http://www.nebdn.org/dental_radiography.html

Certificate In Orthodontic Nursing

The Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing is a qualification suitable for dental nurses who assist in orthodontic procedures.

For more information, to download a prospectus and a list of training providers please visit:

http://www.nebdn.org/orthodontic_nursing.html

Certificate In Special Care Dental Nursing

The Certificate in Special Care Dental Nursing is a qualification suitable for dental nurses who assist during the treatment of people whose health and social care needs may require special oral health care provision.

For more information, to download a prospectus and a list of training providers please visit:

http://www.nebdn.org/special_care_dental_nursing.html

Extended Dental Nursing Duties

For courses in topical fluoride application, impression taking and other extended duties please visit your local Health Education England website (formerly deaneries).

In addition, many dental nurses may choose to develop their careers as:

 

  • NVQ Assessors
  • NVQ Internal Quality Assurers (formerly known as Internal Verifiers)
  • NVQ External Quality Advisers (formerly known as External Verifiers)

For further information on these awards please visit:

http://www.cityandguilds.com/courses-and-qualifications/learning/training-and-development/7317-assessor-and-verifier-qualifications

 Teaching qualifications – contact your local FE college to enquire what teaching qualifications are available.

 For further information on teaching qualifications please visit:

 http://www.cityandguilds.com/courses-and-qualifications/learning/teaching/7407-further-education-teaching

 

 

 

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