Looking to become a dental nurse?
You will be a dental care professional working within a dental team. You will support the dentist, therapist or hygienist in all aspects of patient care, including disinfection and sterilisation of instruments and work areas in the clinical setting. In addition; preparing instruments and equipment for procedures and working at the chair side with mixing materials.
Communication and care of patients throughout their visit is also a major part of this role. In a general practice dental nurses may also be required to help with reception work e.g. making appointments, answering telephone calls and queries, processing payments and reassuring patients.
To work as a dental nurse in the UK you must be registered with the regulatory body called the General Dental Council (GDC) and in order to register you need to have successfully completed a course approved by the GDC. There are several ways to gain these qualifications:
National Diploma for Dental Nurses (NEBDN)
Diploma in Dental Nursing City and Guilds (formerly the NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing)
Secure a place in a dental practice and then study on a part time basis using our unique training methods we bring all the classroom sessions to you, and teach you on a one to one basis – so no travelling to the centre or getting day release or studying in night school sessions!
Once you have secured your place in a dental practice, then your study sessions and all exams are provided through Tooth Fairies.
If you are interested in a dental nursing career or a training place on one of our courses please register as well as keeping up to date with our Jobs page, alternatively please contact us using the Contact form.
How does it all work?
Initial Nurse Training
Since 2008 the dental regulator General Dental Council (GDC) stipulates that all dental nurses need to be trained in an accredited training centre following an approved course.
On successful completion of their chosen route of training they must register with the GDC as a DCP and remain on the register to be able to work and abide by the standards that are set out.
All DCP’s will be expected to keep up to date with their own personal development and our other courses all provide verifiable CPD to support this.
We have an experienced teaching and assessor team, several of whom have over 25 years’ experience in their roles.
NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing
Which course is delivered?
NEBDN have developed a new more modern qualification to replace the National Certificate. It is called the NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing, it consists of both written and practical assessments. We provide the theory aspect of the course but in addition hold regular sessions to help students complete the ‘Record of Experience Log’.
What’s the Record of Experience Log?
The ‘Record of Experience Log’ is part of the frame work of the NEBDN course and requires all candidates to complete a portfolio of evidence over a period of time. This portfolio must be complete before candidates are able to sit the summative assessment.
Who is the course aimed at?
The course is open to anyone who meets the entry requirement and is employed in the clinical dental environment. The course is undertaken over a 12-18 month period to ensure all learner’ s are given an equal opportunity to achieve and meet the new standards.
Where is the course held?
Some of the mandatory sessions are held at our training offices in Cardiff and Wrexham these venues are easy to access and have ample parking facilities. There are regular intakes for this course. We can also offer bespoke, group training for our corporate clients.
City & Guilds Diploma in Dental Nursing
The Diploma replaces the NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing
The Diploma in Dental Nursing allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in dental nursing both in direct chairside work and providing support in a range of dental treatments. It also gives you the ability to register with the GDC on successful completion
Who are they for?
Dental nurses working in an oral healthcare setting (dental practice)
Why choose City & Guilds?
A City & Guilds qualification is proof that you have the right skills to do your job well which is why so many employers look for people who have one. You can be confident your qualification is well respected within your industry.