12 Weeks (bi-weekly)
This six month qualification is suitable for qualified and registered dental nurses who are required to provide oral health advice to patients under the direction of a dentist. It will keep your skills up to date and contribute towards your essential CPD hours.
Units of Study: Society and Oral Health, Oral Diseases & Prevention; Dental Structures, Physiology & Anatomy and other topics. Your Record of Experience assesses the application of that knowledge in practical situations and the skills required. The record has three parts to be completed, including Log Sheets, Expanded Case Studies and Display work.
You will be taught by experienced and supportive tutors who are recruited from industry including a qualified dentist and qualified oral health educator.
You will keep a “Record of Experience” which assesses the application of your knowledge and skills in practical situations. The record has three parts to be completed, including Log Sheets, Expanded Case Studies and Display work. There is also a project and final exam at the Dental University.
Once qualified, you will be able to confidently and compentently provide support to patients with their oral health. Completion of the programme will help to enhance your career progression opportunities onto a BSc Hons degree programmes in dental hygiene and therapy.
The GDC’s Scope of Practice document (2009) provided dental nurses with the scope to undertake additional skills that might be developed through further training. The NEBDN Certificate in Oral Health Education is just one of the post-registration qualifications that we offer to support these extended duties. The main focus of the qualification is based on learning the communication skills required to educate patients about their oral health. This is the only qualification available nationally that emphasises and tests communication skills which is an important pre-requisite for Oral Health Educators.
The new dental contract has elements within which will require every dental surgery to have an Oral Health Educator to promote Oral Health education to their patients. An Oral Health Educator can complement the role of the dental hygienist, help increase sales of oral hygiene aids and promote cosmetic treatments offered by the practice.
You must be a qualified Dental Nurse, be registered with the General Dental Council and have the support of your employing dentist to act as supervisor and validate the workplace activities for the Record of Experience.