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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Starting your morning the right way

Starting your morning the right way

Alarm goes off at 06:25am. Each weekday morning, I somehow drag myself out of bed and dress for gym. I think the average person most likely wakes around this time to prepare for work. I’m not sure why I have difficulties in waking at this unsightly time. It must be the thought of the instructor causing my body pain. But I’m up and my day has begun. HIIT class 06:45am. From this point onward, my day gets easier! I have ‘rolled’ to the gym (luckily for me it is less than a mile from my house). I’m met with other …

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Dental Nurse Specialist Courses

Dental Nurse Specialist Courses

Helping dental nurses find the right dental nurse specialist courses for their training! To become a dental professional requires years of dedication and learning. Through our range of dental nurse specialist courses, you can increase your skill and knowledge as a qualified dental nurse. Specialist dental nurses can take on additional responsibilities within dental practices and offer increaser support to dentists and patients. What is specialist dental nurse training? Specialist dental nurse training covers additional responsibilities dental nurses can take on should they wish to progress. Training and development areas include oral health promotion, teacher training, assessor training and extended …

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How to Become a Dental Nurse

How to Become a Dental Nurse

If you’re considering the career move of becoming a Dental Nurse, then there are a few skills and qualifications you must acquire along the way. Qualifications to be a Dental Nurse To become a qualified dental nurse, applicants are required to complete a dental nursing course, approved by the General Dental Council (GDC). This can be full time or part-time. However, if you’re wanting to learn on the job, dental practices may also seek trainee dental nurses or assistants. To progress or develop within the role, dental nurses also study in specialist areas such as radiography, oral health education, and …

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Supplementary Outcome – Reflective Practice

Supplementary Outcome – Reflective Practice

Newbie alert! I started the NEBDN Implant Nursing Course just over a month ago and boy I was so eager to get my teeth stuck right in (deliberate cheesy pun intended). However, I quickly became daunted when the ROC landed in my inbox. I literally lost count with how many times I have flicked through it. I feel sorry for how many questions I had sent my tutor in the first 24 hours too – thank goodness she was patient.   Let’s talk the SO2 reflective practice First, I was shocked when I got good feedback from my tutor. I …

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Has Enhanced CPD Benefited Dental Nurses?

Has Enhanced CPD Benefited Dental Nurses?

Last year, the GDC introduced enhanced CPD so that we can get the maximum benefit from our training and CPD activities.  We had our core topics which we needed to complete. These kept us up to date with Safeguarding, Medical Emergencies and Cross Infection just to name a few, and these did benefit us and our patients. But there has been a change… The GDC have now stated that they want our CPD to be meaningful to our individual role as a Dental Care Professional. In order to do this well, we should have a Personal Development Plan (PDP). OK, this seems …

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