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 Professionsals
- Examination Preparation Days
- Extended Duties for Dental Nurses
- Information for Hygienists and Therapists
- Local CPD Groups
- Orthodontic Nurses & Therapists
- Post Registration Training Courses
- Registration for Dental Nurses
- Training courses leading to Registration with the General Dental Council
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
Ionising Radiation Trainers
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.
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.
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.
Further details of NEBDN course content can be found on the National Examining Boards website
NEBDN Radiography Course
Dental Sedation Nursing Courses
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
Telephone - 01392 466113 Email.
NEBDN radiography course
Certificate in Dental Radiography
Certificate in Oral Health Education
Telephone 020 75636891
The GDC register is open for dental nurses
Please go to the GDC registration website for all the information on the process.
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.
For information contact:
Donna Parkin, School Administrator
Telephone: 0117 342 9605
National Diploma For Dental Nurses
SW Dental Nurse Training Centre
Weston Methodist Church
Tel 07527974394 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dental Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship, Dental Nursing Diploma
2 year length
Camborne Campus/ Offsite
Trevenson Road, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall,
Tel: 0330 123 4785 email: email@example.com
NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing
Certificate in Oral Health Education
Topical Fluoride course for dental nurses
402 Pinhoe Road, Exeter, EX4 8EH
Tel : 01392 466113 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paignton Campus – Vantage Point
South Devon College,
Tel : 08000 380 123
Bournemouth & Poole college
Dental Nursing Apprenticeship Level 3
Tel: 01202 205911
Diploma in Dental nursing
Tel: 01202 205718
Cotswold Dental Training NEBDN Diploma for Dental Nurses
Whitminster Gloucestershire weekly class Thursday eve 18.00 – 20.00
Tetbury Hospital Gloucestershire monthly class Friday 9.30- 16.30
Telephone: 07762 241138