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About our CPD Courses

GDC Recommended Core Courses  |  Blended and e-Learning  |  Regulatory Requirements  |  Terms and Conditions  |  FAQs

Health Education Thames Valley and Wessex Dental School offers a comprehensive programme of dental workforce transformation courses that cover GDC core and recommended topics for all dental professionals. We also provide refresher courses; courses to enable dentists and Dental Care Professionals to keep up to date, maintain and learn new clinical skills and to contribute to the well-being of the practice team as a whole.

We constantly review our programmes and try to address new statutory requirements. Recent additions include ‘Dementia Awareness’ and ‘Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults’.

The GDC has recently published revised guidance for CPD requirements.

To book one of our Dental Courses please visit our course booking system.

We provide courses in the following areas:

  • Berkshire (Royal Berkshire Hospital Reading and Wexham Park Hospital Slough)
  • Buckinghamshire (Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury)
  • Milton Keynes (Milton Keynes Hospital)
  • Hampshire (Ark Centre, North Hampshire Hospital Basingstoke; Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester ) 
  • Isle of Wight St Mary’s Hospital Newport )
  • Oxfordshire (John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford Horton Hospital Banbury)
  • Portsmouth Queen Alexandra Hospital
  • Southampton Royal South Hampshire Hospital


Our courses are subsidised by the NHS. You will have to pay for refreshments and a bench fee for practical clinical courses, to cover additional costs such as dental materials.

Most courses are open to all UK dental professionals. Where local funding has been provided for a specific group of practitioners, access may be restricted.

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GDC Recommended Core Courses

Disinfection and Decontamination

This course will describe essential best practice in managing infection control.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define disinfection and decontamination
  • Know how to prevent physical, chemical and microbiological contamination in the practice of dentistry
  • Understand HTM 01-05 and associated guidance
  • Have learned how to ensure compliance


Medical Emergencies

All members of the dental team must have a sound understanding of the theory behind medical emergency management so they can deal quickly with uncommon but potentially tragic events. This theory course meets the annual GDC requirements for CPD in medical emergencies and complements practical BLS training.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Prevent and manage medical emergencies in the dental practice
  • Know how to assess an ill patient
  • Have learned the initial treatment for each emergency
  • Know about the appropriate medications that can be administered by dental practice staff


Theory of Radiography and Radiation Protection – IRMER

This course will cover the principles of justification, optimisation and limitation to satisfy the IRMER requirement for radiography qualified staff. It also meets UK GDC verifiable CPD requirements in radiography and radiation protection.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Have learned the principal components of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 and Ionising Radiations (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000
  • Have a fundamental understanding of radiation physics, radiobiology and radiation risks
  • Understand patient selection criteria in relation to dental radiography and other imaging modalities
  • Know about quality assurance strategies, including clinical audit


Complaints Handling

This course is relevant to the whole dental team and will give guidance on managing complaints for both NHS and private practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the official complaint handling procedures for both NHS and private practices
  • Know how to manage a serious complaint
  • Have looked at ways of preventing complaints and improving communication skills
  • Be able to implement an effective complaints policy within your practice


Law and Ethics for the Dental Team

If you work in a clinical environment, the GDC recommends you carry out CPD in legal and ethical issues to make sure you are up to date. This course will explore the current legal and ethical issues facing the dental team and will consider appropriate responses to situations with probable legal or ethical repercussions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be up to date with legislation and codes of conduct surrounding everyday dental practice
  • Know how to work within the legal framework set by the GDC
  • Be able to define professionalism Understand key issues relating to consent, confidentiality and record keeping - minimising the risk of accidental breaches


Oral cancer and the dental team – early detection is key

Every member of the dental team has a part to play in the early detection and prevention of oral cancer. This course will look at clinical guidelines and whole team management strategies.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the risk factors and problems of oral cancer, and the importance of oral cancer screening
  • Have learned an approach to oral cancer detection consistent with current medico-legal advice and national guidelines
  • Understand their contributions to oral cancer prevention and improving early detection
  • Be able to answer patient queries at an appropriate level

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Blended and e-Learning

The development of blended and e-learning has progressed rapidly in the last decade to encompass a wide range of formal course-based e-learning packages/products together with a huge variety of complementary or alternative learning opportunities. These include knowledge sharing sites, links to resources via social/interactive media as well as participation in online lectures, webinars, podcasts or blogging. Recent trends have included the use of gaming technology to support learning and artificial intelligence. There is also vast potential to deliver learning according to user need via the internet. In a move towards more collaborative learning, much use is now made of social media links to source formal training information such as that offered by universities, deaneries and NHS departments.

Our own Twitter feed TV-W-Dental (formerly Oxford Dental Deanery) provides updates of courses within Thames Valley and Wessex. Follow us @TV_W_Dental 

Our website address is 

It is possible to fulfil many of the GDC requirements using e-learning and practitioners and their teams can choose from a vast number of NHS based and private providers.

Some links have been included below but the responsibility of the learner is always to satisfy him/herself that any learning with which they engage is quality assured and to retain an enquiring but critical mind.

e-Den the dental site available from e-Learning for Healthcare offers nearly 130 e-learning sessions, across a wide variety of topics including dental public health, patient consent, oral diseases, conscious sedation and restoration of teeth. New sessions are currently in development and will be released as completed.

Free registration and use is available to GDC registrants working in dental hospitals and dental schools, as well as from those working in dental practices carrying out NHS work. Year-long access to e-Den is available for purchase by non-NHS staff and the dentistry community worldwide. Income generated from e-Den sales to non-NHS staff is directed to e-Integrity, a not-for-profit company that enables the ongoing maintenance and updates of e-Learning for Healthcare learning materials.

Modules are available from indemnity providers (e.g. Dental Protection and the Dental Defence Union) to their members. 

There is also online access to the British National Formulary. An internet search for “e-Learning Dentistry” will show many of the private providers. There is a mixture of subscription, pay-as-you-go as well as ‘free-to-user’ company sponsored sites.

 In effect there is a ‘world of learning’ out there to explore.

Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice

Please see link to alcohol identification and brief advice (IBA) for dental teams e learning.

Alcohol Learning Centre (open access) -

e-Learning for Healthcare (requires login) - To access this training without a login:

  • Click on the open access link
  • Click on start learning
  • Look at the red box on the right of the screen and at the bottom of that box
  • Click on PHE Alcohol Learning resource
  • Click on dental setting e-learning which will take you to the start of the training modules.

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Regulatory Requirements for the Dental Team

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

  • The CQC inspect dental practices and publish their findings on their website
  • They define what standards of care patients can expect from their dentist.
  • Patients can expect to be respected, involved and told what’s happening at every stage.
  • Patients can expect care, treatment and support that meet their needs
  • Patients can expect to be safe
  • Patients can expect to be cared for by staff with the right skills to do their jobs properly
  • Patients can expect their dental practice to routinely check the quality of its services


For more information, please visit the CQC website

GDC standards

  • The GDC have published a booklet called ‘Standards for Dental Professionals’ 
  • The GDC’s Principles of Practice in Dentistry are:
  • Putting the patients’ interests first and acting to protect them
  • Respecting patients’ dignity and choices
  • Protecting the confidentiality of patients’ information
  • Co-operating with other members of the dental team and other healthcare colleagues in the interest of patients
  • Maintain your professional knowledge and competence
  • Being trustworthy


This booklet can be downloaded from the GDC’s website

Our CPD courses will help you meet CQC and GDC requirements

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Terms and Conditions


By enrolling on a course with the Dental School you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

  • In paying for the enrolment you are confirming that you have received enough information and are satisfied that the course you have chosen is suitable for your needs, abilities and circumstances
  • In return, the Dental School will deliver the relevant course critique as stipulated in the course description’s aims and objectives
  • Through registering for a course applicants are deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions.


Payment Method

Credit/debit cards accepted: Switch, Maestro, Visa, MasterCard. We are not able to accept any other forms of payment.

Change of details

You must inform the Dental School immediately of any changes to the contact details you supplied on your enrolment form. Failure to do so will mean that we are not able to provide you with essential information and updates.

Cancellation by the Dental School

Courses are financially self-supporting, and a minimum enrolment is therefore necessary to make each course viable. If, because of low enrolment or any other reason, a course is cancelled, the Dental School will make every reasonable effort to give registered delegates as much notice as possible (at least 21 days notice prior to the due course start date). The Dental School’s maximum liability will be limited to a refund of the course only. Refunds will be made to the credit/debit card on which course booking has been paid. The Dental School will not accept liability for any additional costs or losses incurred by delegates or organizations which are claimed to have arisen through course cancellation. The Dental School reserves the right to vary arrangements for the delivery of programmes, such as venue or lecturer and in such cases will make reasonable efforts to inform delegates in advance.

Cancellation by Delegate

You may cancel a course for which you have enrolled and be fully refunded all course fees provided you give the Dental School at least 28 days notice prior to the course commencement.

Fees for Private Practitioners

Non-NHS dentists wishing to attend our courses will be charged an additional £50.00 per course.


Certificates are now held on the course booking site. You may access these at any time.

Data protection

The personal information that you provide will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998

For more information, please visit

The Dental School reserves the right to vary these Terms and Conditions from time to time and the current version will be that published on its website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book onto a course?

  1. Log into your Maxcourse account (
  2. Click on 'Course list' or 'course calendar'.
  3. Choose course and click title.
  4. Click on add to basket.
  5. Once you have made your choice/s, go to 'View basket' and click 'checkout'
  6. Click 'I have read the terms and conditions' and then 'checkout'.
  7. You will then be taken to the Netbanx payment page. Once you have paid, you will be sent an email to confirm you place on the course.


How do I book other people onto courses?

  1. Log into account.
  2. Click ‘user details’
  3. By ‘Contacts’, click ‘Manage’.
  4. Click ‘Add Contact’
  5. Type in user ID (i.e. the email address of your colleague)
  6. Your colleague will then need to approve the request by following the instructions in the email


How do I download my certificate?

  1. Once you have logged in, go to ‘My courses’ and click ‘certificate’.
  2. You will be prompted to write your reflective notes which will be printed on the reverse of your certificate.


How do I cancel my place from a course?

  1. To cancel your place on a course, please log into your account.
  2. Go to ‘My courses’.
  3. Click ‘Booking’ 
  4. Click ‘cancel booking’.


If you cancel more than 28 days from the start of the course, your Maxcourse account will be credited with the price of the course which you can use to book other courses.

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