Dental Courses Page
PLEASE NOTE- due to the Covid-19 outbreak most face-to-face courses have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. However, as restrictions ease there will be some hands on face to face opportunities so please register on Maxcourse, our online booking system, to receive information on future course opportunities.
Please see information in our e-learning resource section below on:
- General dental topics
- Covid related e-learning
- Well being and resilience resources
The Dental Postgraduate Section of Health Education England South West (HEESW) provide high quality education and training for the development of skills, values and knowledge for ALL members of the dental team.
This includes lifelong learning opportunities (CPD) for dentists, DCPs, technicians, receptionists and managers in a variety of short CPD courses including dental simulation (hands-on), traditional study days and workshops. They are also an ideal way to meet other dental professionals and enjoy a day or evening out while fulfilling GDC professional development outcomes
HEESW CPD courses can be booked through our online booking system.
All courses provided by HEESW meet the GDC requirements for enhanced CPD. They are quality assured following the standards for postgraduate dental education framework from COPDEND. While some courses may be supported by external companies HEESW does not endorse these products.
Email Katherine Sugg or telephone 01454 252678 for any courses related advice.
Please also see the useful resources page for additional material.
General Dental Topics
Health Education England e-Learning for Health
e-Learning for Healthcare- eCPD
e-Learning for Healthcare is a HEE programme which works in partnership with NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing e-learning. In the past, it has not been possible to download GDC e-CPD compliant certificates for all courses which are helpful to dental teams. We have worked with e-Learning for Healthcare to generate Enhanced GDC CPD compliant certificates for the following courses:
Alcohol and Tobacco brief interventions Conflict Resolution Level 1
- Data Security Awareness Level 1
- e-IRMER Ionising Radiation (medical exposure)
- Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Fire Safety Level 1
- Health, Safety and Welfare
- Infection Prevention and Control Level 1
- Infection Prevention and Control Level 2
- Making Every Contact Count
- Mental Capacity Act
- Moving and Handling Level 1
- Resuscitation Level 1
- Safeguarding Adults Level 1
- Safeguarding Adults Level 2
- Safeguarding Children Level 1
- Safeguarding Children Level 2
e-Learning for Healthcare – e-Den
e-Den is an engaging and interactive learning resource delivered through a partnership between the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.
The e-Den curriculum is designed to develop a competent, caring, reflective practitioner. Educational content covers many branches of dentistry and supports the continual professional development (CPD) of dental care professionals and experienced dentists.
Sessions have been written by subject specialists and are typically 20 minutes long. Users can dip in and out of the sessions as they wish.
A range of nearly 130 dental e-learning sessions are available through e-Den.
Modules include sessions on:
• Patient assessment
• Human disease and medical and dental emergencies
• Anxiety and pain control in dentistry
• Periodontal disease and management
• Hard and soft tissue surgery
• Surgical and Non-Surgical Management of Head and Neck Disease
• Management of the developing dentition
• Restoration of teeth
• Replacement of teeth
• Management and leadership
• Sustainable dentistry
Registration and use is FREE for GDC registrants working in practice carrying out NHS work, dental hospitals and dental schools. E-Den can also be purchased for a years access by non-NHS staff.
Register on e-LfH at https://www.e-lfh.org.uk
Search “dentistry” or “e-Den” for a programme of modules on different dental topics.
e-Learning for Healthcare – Children’s Oral Health Advice for All
Children’s Oral Health Advice for All aims to improve the knowledge of the general public and early years healthcare workers regarding children’s oral health. It introduces Delivering Better Oral Health to non-clinical staff providing appropriate evidence to support key messages. It also introduces learners to ways in which they can support parents to develop good oral health habits through effective behaviour change conversations. This resource can be used to upskill the entire dental team including those performing reception or other non-clinical duties.
e-Learning for Healthcare - Dental Health module of RCPCH Healthy Child Programme
The Dental Health Promotion module of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s Healthy Child Programme aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of those who come into contact with children regarding oral health and factors that predispose to poor oral health. Promoting oral health in the infant and young child forms an integral part of this session.
All e-Learning for Healthcare courses are available immediately and are free of charge.
If you are not already registered with e-Learning for Healthcare, you will need to do this by accessing the e-Learning for Healthcare home page: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/. Once logged in, the full list of programmes (including those featured in more detail below) is available on the e-LfH Hub “Full Catalogue” page. Once you have completed any of the above courses, you must first generate a course completion certificate from the e-LfH Hub.
Following this you must complete the relevant Enhanced CPD form, referring to the course completion certificate. The Enhanced CPD forms can be accessed from the bottom of the “Dentistry” page of e-LfH in the “Enhanced CPD” section https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/dentistry/. Please note that both the relevant course Enhanced CPD form and the accompanying e-LfH Hub course completion certificate should be kept as evidence in your records to demonstrate you have completed verifiable CPD, should the GDC request it.
Dental SCRIPT is an e-learning programme which improves prescribing competency and safety among dentists. It consists of eight modules covering a range of dental prescribing situations.
Script programmes in Medicine and Surgery, Paediatric, Nursing, Primary Care, Ambulance Service e-learning in association with HEE, is now FREE to anyone with a NHS email address. You are able to purchase the SCRIPT dental programme as an individual licence for £25 per year (see link below
Antimicrobial Stewardship e-learning resource
The British Association of Oral Surgeons (BAOS) has launched a new Antimicrobial Stewardship e-learning resource https://www.baos.org.uk/elearning/ for oral health professionals to test their knowledge of antibiotic prescribing. It is FREE to take and consists of three modules of clinical scenario-based quizzes, each of which provides a printable e-certificate of one hour's verified CPD upon successful completion. Feedback is provided along the way, with the aim that by the end of the modules, participants will be able to demonstrate application of the principles of sound antimicrobial stewardship to the clinical scenarios.
Many indemnity providers have a series of e-learning resources for their members available from their websites
The GDC have a series of learning materials on their website – see Focus on Standards.
Please see the latest information from Chief Dental Officer, England, Sara Hurley, and NHS England and NHS Improvement, Director of Primary Care and System Transformation, Matt Neligan.
Preparedness Letters for primary dental care.
HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)
HEE e-LfH’s COVID-19 e-learning is free to access without logging in for the entire UK health and care workforce, including the NHS, independent sector and social care. This may be particularly of use to those in the dental workforce who volunteer to work and may be placed in a new situation.
Content now available in the COVID-19 programme includes:
- Essential Guidance from the NHS, UK Government, WHO and BMJ
- Public Health England - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Resources for Staﬀ Working in Critical Care Setting
- Resources for Staff Working in Community Setting
- End of Life Care COVID-19
- Wellbeing for Staff
New content is being added regularly. There are now individual learning paths for those healthcare professionals working in critical care and community settings. Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) for the medical and nursing workforce and Standard Operating Procedures, specifically for staff working in NHS Nightingale. Clinical simulation scenarios are also being developed to ensure all staff are up to speed with what they need to know to work differently to fight this pandemic.
For more information and to access the programme select here
HEE e-LfH has removed the requirement to log in to access the Coronavirus (COVID-19) programme, so it is FREE to all, but if you want your learning activity tracked you will still need to log on.
For more information about the programme, including how you can register as a learner should you wish, visit www.e-lfh.org.uk/coronavirus.
This is an online e-learning resource for healthcare professionals, who have launched a FREE COVID-19 pandemic CPD resource https://www.studyprn.com/p/covid-19 consisting of 10 'best of five' style questions assessing your current knowledge of the condition. You'll receive 1 hour of CPD on successful completion of this resource.
Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme
SDCEP have published guidance on “Management of Acute Dental Problems during COVID-19 Pandemic” available at:
British Endodontic Society Information and Advice on Triage and Management for Primary Dental Care and other healthcare providers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
As all primary care dentists have been instructed to restrict patient contact and provide in the first instance a triage service based on the principles of Advice, Analgesia and Antibiotics. The British Endodontic Society has produced a document aiming to provide members and the wider dental profession, advice on how best to undertake this, based on current best available evidence.
This documents is dynamic and subject to change as official advice and research is released.
The document can be found at: https://britishendodonticsociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/BES-AAA-Document-31st-March-v1.1.pdf
Health, well-being and resilience
Stress levels are understandably high at this challenging time. MindEd is offering a Covid-19 resilience hub.
The MindEd Covid-19 Resilience Hub is now available.
The Hub, supported by HEE, is available for the health and care workforce to help them manage their own mental health and wellbeing while supporting others during the pandemic.
Access the MindEd Resilience Hub at http://covid.minded.org.uk
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults. It contains materials for:
• professionals and volunteers;
• families and carers;
• older people.
For more information please visit https://www.minded.org.uk.
There is also information for families at https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/
We hope that the four online courses from Embrace Resilience will help. The courses are all provided free of charge and are available for all dental team members including those who are not on the dental register. The courses are:
- Change and Resilience – this course covers behaviour change and how to build personal resilience
- Mental Health: Body and Mind – this course explains the links between physical and mental health and enables learners to establish routines beneficial for the mind and body
- Managing Stress and Anxiety – this course will assist learners to manage everyday causes of anxiety and resultant stress
- Work-Life Balance – this course explores the balance between work commitments and other interests to support learners to achieve a work-life balance which improves their health.
To enable an inclusive approach for all practice team members to avail of this support, it is not necessary to input a GDC number as part of the registration process. All participants can download a certificate which demonstrates two hours CPD for each course. For those with a GDC number, this certificate complies with the GDC Enhanced CPD requirements. We hope that this initiative will be welcomed by practices and individuals to address and demonstrate their engagement in supporting the important issue of the mental health and wellbeing of all the team. Access to this training is available on the Midlands and East Dental School website https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/dental
NHS England and NHS Improvement announce a series of psychological support for all NHS staff during the COVID19 outbreak, as we recognise it is really important to look after your own health and wellbeing, whilst supporting patients and your family. As such, we are pleased to offer the following wellbeing apps to all NHS staff and those with an NHS.net email account for free.
To see how to access these apps, please see below:
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults. It contains materials for:
- professionals and volunteers;
- families and carers;
- older people.
For more information please visit the website. There is also information for families at https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/
FGDP and CGDent publish BPS psychological advice for dental teams
The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) and College of General Dentistry (CGDent) have published Dentistry during COVID-19: Psychological advice for dental teams, policy makers, and communicators.
Developed by psychologists from the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Health Psychology, it offers straightforward suggestions to address common challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in dental practices, and lists resources and organisations which can support dental professionals’ mental wellbeing.
It has been published as an adjunct to Implications of COVID-19 for the safe management of general dental practice, the CGDent-FGDP guidance on dentistry during the pandemic, which recommends that dental practices appoint a wellbeing lead and are able to signpost to mental wellbeing services.
It is available at https://www.fgdp.org.uk/guidance-standard
Document from Support for Dental Teams Organisation
The Organisation Support for Dental Teams has published a 'Support for the Dental Team' document.