Dental CPD – Continuing Professional Development

Dental CPD – Continuing Professional Development

The General Dental Council require members to maintain a level of professionalism by completing “Continuing Professional Development (CPD)” annually.  CPD is mandatory for all dental professionals in the UK. It requires dental staff to lock in hours of verifiable CPD training. CPD is about keeping your knowledge and skills as a dental professional up to date ensuring a professional service is given to all dental patients.  CPD for dental professionals is defined as lectures, seminars, courses, individual study and other activities.  You must gain a certificate with your name, GDC number and the GDC Outcome on each certificate for it …

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Dental Implant Courses for Nurses

Dental Implant Courses for Nurses

Implant dentistry is a highly specialised dental skill that combines surgical skills with restorative expertise.  A dental implant is the surgical component that allows the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor.  Cases require meticulous planning and exacting standards to ensure an optimum result for each patient. Therefore, high quality training is essential for a nurse to assist the dentist in a professional manner.  A dental implant nurse will have the role of surgical and restorative assistance throughout the implant treatment. Dental Training Ltd provide 2 courses for implants, an introduction course and a …

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Dental Exam Revision

Dental Exam Revision

Well its nearly time for the post graduate exams to take place, if your anything like me you hate doing revision but it is so important so that’s why I have put together this little blog of ideas and ways to help prepare for the big day The NEBDN have provided a reading list for your course.  Please ensure that you have read at least one of the recommended reading books.  Some  of the books you can download for free and some will be available on Amazon or other booksellers.  There may even be a copy already in your dental …

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Preparation for dental exams

Preparation for dental exams

We know how difficult it is to revise and the preparation for dental exams is vital.  This is made harder during the COVID-19 pandemic.  There are so many distractions when forced to be housebound .  Even putting the washing on becomes an event! Practise exams are recognised as being an excellent method of revision.  It tests your knowledge on the subject without the stress of an exam environment. Dental exam revision To help people going though dental qualification, we have set up some test papers, which are as close to real exam questions as possible.  They are based on previous …

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The Gift of the Gab

The Gift of the Gab

SKILL DEVELOPMENT FOR DENTAL NURSES: A SERIES By Rosie Connell LESSON 2: ‘THE GIFT OF THE GAB’   The worst feedback I ever got from a dentist in my first year, was ‘Rosie, you don’t talk enough’ The best feedback I ever received from a dentist, was 3 years later; ‘Rosie, you have the best patient communication skills I’ve come across, you can really talk about anything!’ This example is a testament to self reflection, continuing professional development and good practice. So, there was a gap in my skill set, and this just would not do! I considered why this …

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The Gift of the Gab

SOFTLY, SOFTLY…Oral Health ADVICE

SKILL DEVELOPMENT FOR DENTAL NURSES: A SERIES By Rosie Connell LESSON 1 SOFTLY, SOFTLY…Oral Health ADVICE   If you’ve ever given one of your dentists’ patients oral health advice, congrats, you know now how a stand up comedian feels. You’re whipping out your best material, ripe with accurate information (whilst working within your professional boundaries). But sometimes, what you are telling the patient can easily end up being a bit of a flop. They bought the ticket, but clearly didn’t enjoy the show! Often this comes down to the patient and their general attitude towards dental visits and oral health. …

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Do one thing everyday & do it well!

Do one thing everyday & do it well!

Do one thing everyday & do it well! Great advice came from a caring friend last year, at a time I was snowed under with work issues, children problems & family illness – I couldn’t cope! I didn’t listen, I want to get an endless list of jobs ticked off, causing self-induced pressure to mount. In the end, I did nothing thoroughly!  I just wanted to get off the “single mum treadmill” for a little time for me. I am currently furloughed, and so now finally working through that endless treadmill of the job list. Slowly, I am ticking off …

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Enhanced CPD

Enhanced CPD

Are we moaning or worrying about Enhanced CPD? Sometimes I can’t tell. Yes, the GDC has caused some confusion,  some annoyance. And we now have even more paper work to complete. But what exactly is enhanced CPD??? Does this mean we are doing more CPD?? Does it mean CPD is only relevant to our field of practice? CPD is defined as ‘learning, training or other developmental activities undertaken by a dental professional. I asked my dentist what he thought about enhanced CPD. He told me that after the next 5 years, he wants to achieve a specific goal and for …

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Apprentice to Head Dental Nurse – My Journey

Apprentice to Head Dental Nurse – My Journey

Apprentice to Head Dental Nurse? Yes it sounds so surreal to me too!  Here is my story by Emily Grace Birkin.    How it started? I started off as a young 18 year old apprentice not knowing what career path to take after my A-Levels. I remember browsing the internet looking for careers, and what path to take as I approached the end of my final year of A-levels.  When I applied for a social work course at university,  my application was unfortunately declined.  I was left feeling uninspired and disheartened at this point. It dawned on me quite quickly, that …

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A walk to remember #Memorywalk

A walk to remember #Memorywalk

A few weeks ago, I found myself signing up to the #Memorywalk for Alzheimer’s Society. A marathon walk in London, in the middle of October, likely to be wet and cold. At the time I didn’t think too much about the challenge of walking such a distance. I keep myself fairly fit, attend gym classes most days, as well as walking Percy twice a day. The weather however, did concern me! During one of my gym classes I was sharing my sponsorship details to fellow gym goers. A lady, who was slightly older than me, expressed her pains of walking …

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