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Post Registration Training

Dental Nurses registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) may wish to progress within their career by gaining further qualifications.

NES provides a wide range of post registration training leading to Professional Development Awards (PDA), Higher National Units (HN Units) or even HND awarded by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

These programmes are designed to enable registered dental nurses to further develop their knowledge and skills within particular areas of interest, in line with the GDC Scope of Practice. 

The Scope of Practice guidance document sets out the skills and abilities each registrant group should have and describes additional skills that a dental nurse can develop after registration to increase the scope of their practice. Click here for Scope of Practice.

Some of the post registration training programmes available are:

  • PDA in Dental Radiography (Operator) for Dental Care Professionals
  • PDA in Orthodontic Dental Nursing
  • PDA in Dental Nursing: Delivering Oral Health Interventions
  • PDA in Supporting Special Care Provision
  • PDA in Intravenous Sedation for Dental Nurses
  • PDA in Dental Care Professionals: Dental Laboratory Skills
  • PDA in Recording Patient Assessment for Dental Care Professionals
  • PDA: Healthcare Professionals: Faciliating Learning, Teaching and Assessment in the Workplace

A variety of other programmes are available to support the development of the dental nurse's role:

  • Dental Impressions for Working or Study Models
  • Preparing for Practice Inspection
  • Local Decontamination of Resuable Instruments
  • Managing Health & Safety in a Dental Environment
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care


For further information contact your local Lead DCP Tutor. Click here for contact details.

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