Jane Dalgarno – Past-President

Jane started her career in Dental Nursing in 1986, passing the National Certificate in November 1993. Since qualifying, she has completed and passed post certificates in Oral Health Education, Sedation and Dental Radiography. Jane gained her Certificate in Education, in Post Compulsory Education, in September 2008 and holds the A1/A2 assessors award. Jane graduated with a BSc in Primary Dental Care with Kent University in July 2013. Jane works as a Clinical Workforce Development Manager for the Community Dental Services CIC, Bedfordshire and currently teaches on the OHE and  Dental Sedation Nursing courses. She is an examiner for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses for the National Diploma and for the Certificates in Oral Health Education and Dental Sedation Nursing Awards.  Jane is currently working towards an MSc.

Tell us about your early life……

I was born on the 22nd May 1970 in a Hertfordshire village called Meldreth.  I lived there until the age of six when due to family circumstances I moved to Luton, Bedfordshire. I am part of a big family consisting of six girls and a boy.  As you can imagine our three bed house was always full of activity and never quiet!  I attended William Austin Infant and Junior Schools in Luton Bedfordshire, moving to Denbigh High School at the age of eleven and finally leaving full time education just prior to my sixteenth birthday.

What jobs did you do before you became a dental nurse?

As I have been involved in Dental Nursing for the majority of my working life my other jobs prior to this have been few, however they do exist!

Whilst still at school I was offered a job as a Saturday girl in Freeman Hardy Willis in Cambridge as a shoe shop assistant.

Although already employed as a Dental Nurse, I took a ‘career’ break in 1990 for a year and worked at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage as a nursing auxiliary on an Orthopaedic Ward. I returned to Dental Nursing in 1991 after receiving a phone call from my previous employer.

What education/training did you do?

I left school in 1986 after achieving a number of Certificates in Secondary Education.  I started my career in Dental Nursing in the same year being accepted onto a youth training programme for a two year period.  Six months into this training scheme I was offered a full time Dental Nursing position at a General Dental Practice in Luton.  In November 1993 I qualified passing the National Certificate For Dental Surgery Assistants.

In 1996 I successfully passed the Oral Health Education Certificate delivered by Bedfordshire Community Dental Services in affiliation with Nottingham University.  In 1998 I successfully passed the Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing.  Following the implementation of the NVQ in Oral Health Care in 2001 I started my training at Barnfield College in Luton for the Further Education Teaching Certificate, passing stage one in February 2002 and Stage 2 in August 2002.  I then concentrated my efforts on training to become an NVQ assessor passing the City & Guilds A1/A2 assessors award in March 2004. I continued to study passing the Certificate in Dental Radiograpy in June 2008 and the Certificate in Education, in Post compulsory Education, in the same year.

I graduated in July 2013 with a BSc, with first class honours, in Primary Dental Care with the University of Kent.

I am currently undertaking the Certificate in Topical Fluoride application with Kings College, London.

What about CPD?

I have been extremely fortunate with my own professional development over the years as I have always been given a number of opportunities.  I attend six weekly training afternoons organised by Community Dental Services, Bedfordshire. It is during these afternoons that mandatory training is included covering CPR, fire training and child protection to name but a few.

I attend Dental Nursing study days in my current role as BADN® Seconded Member For Education. I am a member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK) and a member of the Institute For Learning.

What jobs have you had in dental nursing?

I embarked on my career in Dental Nursing as a school leaver in 1986 on the Youth Training Scheme in a General Dental practice in Luton, Bedfordshire.  I stayed at the same practice being offered a permanent position after six months. The practice was subsequently sold and I continued Dental Nursing under the direction of a new employer until 1995.

In 1995 I left General Dental Practice after eight years to further my career in Dental Nursing. I started working for Bedfordshire Community Dental Services in February 1995 at Liverpool Road Health Centre in Luton Bedfordshire.  During my time here I gained promotion to Acting Senior Dental Nurse. As the Dental Services continued to expand the restructuring of the service took place becoming a Personal Dental Service (PDS) in 2001 and subsequently Community Dental Services, a social enterprise, in 2011.

Due to this growth period, government initiatives and the future position of the Dental Nurse my current job role evolved. Since commencing in my role as Dental Nurse Tutor I have been involved in teaching and training Dental Nurses on the National Certificate, now National Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship In Dental Nursing, the Oral Health Education Certificate, the Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing, the Foundation Degree in Dental Nursing and the Certificate in Topical Fluoride Application.

What posts have you held with BADN?

I currently hold the position of Seconded Member For Education. Previous to this, Regional Co-ordinator for London & South East and have been a representative on the Finance Committee.

Where do you live now and with whom?

I live in a village 6 miles North of Luton called Barton-Le-Clay in Bedfordshire. I have been married for 21 years to Ray, meeting him originally in 1988.  I live at home with Ray and our gorgeous German Shepherd dog Sophie.  I have three step children Emma, Leigh & Karl. I became a step granny at the tender age of 36.

What about hobbies?

Although I struggle to have many hobbies due to my numerous work commitments, I am a member of our local church. I enjoy keeping fit by regularly walking the dog and listening to a variety of music.

Tell us five things about yourself that most people probably don’t know

I am an avid Cliff Richard fan and have been since I was eleven.

I collect Betty Boop memorabilia.

I was volunteered by my other half to be the ‘temporary’ church treasurer and had the job for ten years!

I absolutely adore shoes and handbags.

I have a phobia towards cats!



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