1 August 2018


The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) is the largest awarding body for the provision of qualifications for dental nurses in the United Kingdom. With a range of both pre and post registration qualifications, NEBDN holds 16 examinations to over 4,000 candidates each year.

NEBDN are now looking to appoint an External Examiner to work with us on our primary qualification, the National Diploma in Dental Nursing.

The role of External Examiner will be to:

  • Verify that assessment processes are secure, robust, operated equitably and in accordance with NEBDN policies and procedures.
  • Act as a critical friend to the NEBDN Diploma Committee advising it of good practice and learning from elsewhere.

The appointed External Examiner must:

  • Be a current registrant of the GDC;
  • Have a working knowledge of education and current assessment methods;
  • Have understanding of the GDC’s Preparing for Practice document.

The appointed External Examiner will typically:

  • Have a working knowledge of current guidance on UK dental education;
  • Have previous experience of external examining;
  • Be able to commit to around 6 working days per year;
  • Be able to travel independently throughout the UK.

The appointed External Examiner cannot:

  • Have been an Examiner for NEBDN within the last 3 years;
  • Have been a member of any NEBDN committee within the last 3 years;
  • Be an accredited NEBDN Course Provider;
  • Be currently enrolled as a candidate for any NEBDN qualification;
  • Have any association with NEBDN which may be deemed a conflict of interest.

If you are interested in this role please submit your CV and a covering letter to  detailing how you meet the requirements of the job profile and person specification, the closing date for applications is Monday 3rd September at 5pm.

NEBDN ad   NEBDN External Examiners policy FINAL


1 November 2016

NEBDN welcomes new trustees.

The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses welcomed four new trustees to its Board of Trustees at its recent Annual General Meeting. Julie Curtis, Thomas MacGregor, Barry Mitchell and David Young have all joined NEBDN at a time of growth and ambition as the organisation strives to provide the very best education for the dental nursing profession across the globe. Over recent years the NEBDN has become a major force in the field of dental nursing education and now offers candidates the widely acclaimed National Diploma in Dental Nursing, as well as six post-registration qualifications that cover the spectrum of advanced dental nursing topics. Having relocated from their previous base in Fleetwood earlier in the year, and now firmly settled into their more modern, accessible premises in Preston, NEBDN continues to attract high calibre trustees with a fantastic range of experience and skills.

Sue Barker, NEBDN Acting Chief Executive said: “NEBDN now offer more qualifications than ever before and we have ambitious growth plans to continue to develop so that we remain at the forefront of dental nursing education. We welcome Julie, Thomas, Barry and David to the NEBDN Board of Trustees.  Our new and existing trustees, working alongside our committed staff team, bring vital skills and knowledge to drive the organisation forward. We recently held a valuable trustee and staff strategy session, enabling an interesting exchange of ideas resulting in some innovative development plans. We look forward to exciting times ahead, working closely with the Board to realise these plans.”

Two long serving members, Ian Bennington and Beverley Coker stepped down from the NEBDN Board of Trustees at the recent Annual General Meeting. Ian who qualified as Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1961 has served as a trustee for NEBDN for six years, but has worked with the organisation for over 30 years. Ian has had a distinguished career in the dental profession, holding a number of senior clinical positions, trustee positions as well as being an external examiner for many UK dental schools. Beverley qualified at the Royal Dental Hospital, London in 1985 and in 1993 was appointed as an examiner, becoming a trustee in 2002. While Beverley has stepped down as a trustee, she will continue to work with NEBDN as OSCE Team Lead on the National Diploma Committee.

Marie Parker, Chair of the NEBDN Board of Trustees said, “I would like to express my sincere thanks to both Ian and Beverley for their immense contribution to NEBDN over the years. They have seen much change and have been invaluable in helping to steer NEBDN through these changes. On behalf of NEBDN and the Board of Trustees, I wish them all the very best for the future.”


15 December  2015

NEBDN launches its “Guide to Success” online support for Diploma students