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Once qualified, you would be
required to keep your skills and knowledge up to date through a
programme of continuous professional development. You can also
improve your career prospects by taking further qualifications in
subjects such as oral health education, dental sedation nursing and
dental anaesthetic nursing. If you would like information on
additional qualifications please follow this link..
Dental Nurse Registration
with the GDC; this link to the GDC website will give you further
Continuing Professional Development is simply a method of
ensuring that you achieve the right abilities to do your job and
maintain/enhance your expertise. It embraces everything that
you do to improve your job performance and your 'lifelong
CPD hours required; you will
need to have 150 hours of CPD in any 5 year period. There are
certain courses which the GDC have stated are compulsory; Medical
Emergencies and CPR, Infection Control and
50 of these will need to be
‘verified’. This means that when you have attended a course/study
day, there are clear educational objectives for the purpose of the
day. You will be able to leave feedback via an evaluation sheet or
questionnaire and you will leave with a Certificate of Attendance
The remaining 100 hours can
be ‘general’ or ‘non- verifiable’. These are the hours you may
spend reading journals, researching on-line, or doing in-house
training. This must be recorded as well as the verifiable hours.
For FAQ and full explanations on CPD Click on this link to the GDC
Website and using the search box write ‘CPD’ and enter.
‘Failure to comply with the
CPD hours will result in your facing removal from the register.
This means you will not be able to work as a DCP anywhere in the
Click here for
a PDF template to record your hours.
The Oxford & Wessex Dental School run a comprehensive
Continuing Professional Development programme for dental teams
and specific CPD course programmes for dental nurses.
To view courses and
book online, visit the
Dental School's course booking facilities. Courses are
available in Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Basingstoke
Oxford and surrounding areas, the Isle of Wight.
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