Standards for the Dental Team

The GDC website contains the Standards for the Dental Team plus additional guidance such as guidance on advertising, indemnity, social media, etc.



Core Subject CPD for Dental Care Professionals

Postgraduate Dental Education is not specifically funded to provide core training for DCPs'.  In order to assist in the delivery of core subject training to the 5,000 DCP’s in the region, we have trained the people listed below who can be hired to deliver the training for practice decontamination supervisors, and update for staff on ionising radiation ( those who are not qualified to take radiograph’s) to comply with current regulations.

They can be hired by practices or groups of practices to deliver courses, please contact the trainer direct.

Infection Control/Decontamination Trainers

Diane Bell - Bristol 
Carrie Bradburn - Truro 
Jam Brimacombe - Gloucester 
Jackie Gazzard - Gloucester 
Jackie Hayes - Gloucester 
Ross McRae - Truro 
Sonia Jones - Devon 
Charles Taylor - Cornwall 


Ionising Radiation Trainers

John Anderson - Gloucester 
Diane Bell - Bristol 
Jan Brimacombe - Gloucester
Julie Brown - Bournemouth 
Jackie Gazzard - Gloucester 
Ross McRae - Truro 
TBC - Devon 
Nikki Rogers - Bristol 


Educational Bursaries

Educational Bursaries available for Dental Professionals.

Are you interested in teaching? Do you want to formalise your teaching skills?

Preparing to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector has now changed to L3 Award in Education and Training City & Guilds 6502 -AET

HESW PGDE can offer bursaries to dental professionals in the region who are involved, or wish to be more involved, in dental education.

The L3 Award in Education and Training City & Guilds 6502 -AET is usually held in local colleges of education, information will be available on their individual web sites.

For further information of how to apply please contact Diane Bell DCP Tutor

Examination Preparation Days

NEBDN OSCE Diploma Preparation Training

Unfortunately HESW PGDE are no longer able to provide these sessions for dental nurses in training.

Nurses sitting the national examination are advised also to look at the National Examining Board's website where they can download a revision pack which contains past examination papers.

Extended Duties for Dental Nurses

Impression taking - Open to all DCP’s registered with the GDC

At present the department is not running these courses, however a waiting list for places has been arranged, for details of this and how to add your name please contact Katherine Sugg or contact the DCP tutor in your area:

Diane Bell Bristol/GLos/Somerset 

Jackie Gazzard Dorset/Wilts 

Heidi Mills Devon/Cornwall

Plaque & Debris scoring /Topical Fluoride Varnish - Open to all dental nurses registered with the GDC.

The above 2 courses have been merged into 1. Details of available courses are on our courses page.

This is a 2 part course

Part 1 - a theory session which includes the prevention, causes, and treatment of gingivitis, periodontitis & dental caries. Dental anatomy, confidentiality, consent, patient journey. A practical session which involves the application of a disclosing solution to teeth, the recording of the results, appropriate brushing advice followed by the practical application of fluoride varnish.

You will be issued with a log book to record details of 10 patients, and reflect on the outcome of each. Before progressing to part 2 you must have completed the log book.

Part 2 - Assessment Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

This follows part 1 after approximately 16 weeks

Following the prescription from the dental surgeon you will be required to apply a disclosing material to a patient, record the score using a recognised indicies, apply topical fluoride varnish and give oral health instruction to the patient while being observed by 2 examiners.

On successful completion of the OSCE a certificate of competence will be issued by PGDE.

To book a place please go to Dental Courses If you do not already have an online courses booking account you will need to follow the 'new user' link.

Information for Hygienists and Therapists

For information relating to full time training leading to Diploma in Dental Therapy

PGDE would welcome suggestions for future up date courses, please contact Diane Bell

Please also check out our Local Groups section on the website for details of upcoming courses which may be of interest.

BADT South West Region Group

For further information please contact SW Region Representative Geraldine McGlynn.


Post Registration Training Courses

Further details of NEBDN course content can be found on the National Examining Boards website 

Bristol Dental Care Professional School

NEBDN Radiography Course
Dental Sedation Nursing Courses
Orthodontic Nursing
Special Care Dental Nursing

Radiography certificate awarded by Keele University
For details please contact
Dr Richard DeCann or Mr Tim Reynolds
I.M.E.C.S. 49 Mucklestone Wood Lane, Loggerheads, Market Drayton
Shropshire, TF9 4ED
Telephone: 07855 183117 or email

Pinhoe Dental Centre

Telephone - 01392 466113 Email.
NEBDN radiography course
Certificate in Dental Radiography
Certificate in Oral Health Education

On-line Radiography
Telephone 020 75636891 

Registration for Dental Nurses

Latest Information

The GDC has now opened the register to Dental Nurses.

Download an application form, telephone 0207 3443720 or email

Further information regarding health checks.


Training courses leading to Registration with the General Dental Council

There are various courses available throughout the South West, to prepare nurses for either the national Examining board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) Examination or the NVQ level 3 (Oral Healthcare Nursing). Both are accepted routes for registration

Please contact the training establishment closest to your area.

While we endeavour to provide up to date information and links on this site we cannot be responsible for the information on the training provider’s sites.



Bristol Dental Hospital

NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing

For further information please contact:

Nikki Rogers, Course Tutor

Telephone: 0117 342 4189



Donna Parkin, School Administrator

Telephone: 0117 342 4136




Cornwall College
NVQ workbased course

CPDental Training
NEBDN National Diploma Course - PETROC Barnstaple
Our ethos is to provide high quality, local, NEBDN Diploma training for student dental nurses.
With experienced DCPs as lecturers and tutors we will offer a comprehensive training package in a small, supportive class environment.

The Riverside Specialist Centre, Truro

New Diploma in Dental Nursing Course - to prepare candidates for the NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing exam

Monday evenings 7.30pm to 9.00pm 

From 5th October 2015 to June 2016, with mock exams in September 2016.

The places on the course are offered on a first come first served basis.

Please contact the course organiser for an application form:

Ross MacRae BDS BPDS

Course Organiser

Padstow Dental Practice

18 Riverside


Cornwall PL28 8BY

Tel: 01841 532373, email:

Learn Direct 

Tanya Moon covers Exeter down to Cornwall but learndirect delivers the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing in all locations in the UK

Contact: Tanya Moon, Trainer Assessor

Tel: 0734 209 8717



Pinhoe Dental Centre

Telephone - 01392 466113 Email.
NEBDN radiography course
Certificate in Dental Radiography
Certificate in Oral Health Education

West of England Dental Nurse Training
QCF Level 3, Diploma in Dental Nursing
Contact: Sharon.

Diploma in Dental Nursing, evening class held at Absolute Dental Training Centre, Duke Street Court, Kingsbridge
Contact Emma John or Diane Cox. Telephone: 01548 856262.
Courses start March and September

Torrington Dental Education

Offer the national diploma, costs (£1,100 excluding the exam fee)

Meet once a month on either a Wednesday, 6-8pm or Friday, 5.30pm-7.30pm



Bournemouth & Poole college
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 and Dental Nursing Apprenticeship.



Cotswold Dental Training NEBDN qualification Courses:-
Gloucester, Tetbury and Chippenham. For further information please contact Jackie Gazzard
Telephone 01666 500911



Cotswold Dental Training NEBDN qualification Courses:-
Gloucester, Tetbury and Chippenham. For further information please contact Jackie Gazzard
Telephone 01666 500911