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Health Education England Thames Valley & Wessex Dental School work across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to deliver high quality evidence-informed dental education and training. We aim to help GDC registrants to meet their individual educational needs, develop their skills and maintain high standards in order to provide the best possible care for patients.

Dental School News

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Therapist Foundation Trainee Recruitment for 2017-2018 has now closed!

Please visit our Therapist Foundation Training page for further details.


Dental Trainer Selection 2017-2018

Do you want to inspire, motivate and support recently qualified dentists or therapists?

We are looking for qualified and experienced dental practitioners to become Trainers on our Dental Therapist Foundation, and Dental Core Training schemes across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

Please visit our Trainer Selection 2017 page for further details on how to apply.


National Dental Core Training Recruitment 2017

Please see visit our Dental Core Training page for more information.


Working Towards Dementia Friendly Dental Practices

It is reported by the Alzheimer’s Research trust that there are approximately 820,000 people with dementia in the UK today and this number is predicted to double in the next 30 years. Figures for the Thames Valley showed an estimated 24,515 people with dementia in 2014.

ArrowClick here to find out more about the scheme to help members of the dental team provide supportive care environments for dementia patients. 


The Appointment

Improving access to dental services for people with dementia is of paramount importance. It can significantly improve their quality of life and prevent further problems associated with poor oral health.Click image to view "The Appointment" on Youtube

“The Appointment” is a short film inspired by an award winning series of films called “Barbara’s Story” that was developed to highlight issues around caring for people with dementia in an acute hospital setting. It is intended to show insight into just how confusing attending a dental appointment can be for someone with dementia and highlights the crucial role played by the whole team, especially receptionists and dental nurses, in supporting vulnerable patients.

» Click here to view "The Appointment" on Youtube
» Click here to download "The Appointment" in MP4 file format
 Click here to download the resource pack for The Appointment (pdf)

Tips for Trainers

  • Dementia training is important and is relevant for all members of the dental team. The principles of caring, compassion, good communication, competence and commitment apply to all patients regardless of their age.
  • Ask the audience to turn off their phones and bleepers at the start
  • This film has been designed to trigger discussion. It is not intended to tell people what to do but to help them to develop a sense of things that they could do.
  • Allow space and time for them to think about what they have seen before you start the discussion.
  • Make the point that there are people who show a caring and compassionate attitude in the film


Change to Dental Nurse Training Courses

The Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Training Programme (DNATP) is a partnership between Eastleigh College and Health Education Thames Valley and Wessex, will not have a new intake of Dental Nurse Apprentices for this academic year commencing September 2015.

Dental Nurses Apprentices who are already enrolled on the programme will continue to be supported by Eastleigh College Assessors and will be able to attend monthly local teaching sessions in Oxford and on the Isle of Wight Information about alternative providers for those wishing to take a qualification in Dental Nursing leading to registration with the General Dental Council at:


Tax for Dentists

HMRC has launced an eLearning course for dental practitioners. This course is aimed at helping dentists who are looking to set up their own practice and covers taxation & record keeping topics specific to the dental industry. 

'Tax for Dentists'

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