NEBDN 2015 conference - a review of the day!

“A fantastic day; it reminded me why I went into dental nursing over 20 years ago” was just one of the comments received after the 2015 NEBDN annual conference which was held at York St John University in the middle of October.

With a tremendous line up of high profile speakers from the world of dental health, followed by a Q&A session and introductions from the NEBDN board trustees, the day provided a real opportunity for dental care professionals to update their knowledge of key issues of the day as well as gaining three hours of verifiable CPD. After a coffee reception and networking session the conference began with Marie Parker, Chair of the Board of NEBDN Trustees giving a resume of the aims of the day and an introduction to the speaker line up, which included Dr Anne Hegarty and Dr Alexander Crighton who are both renowned consultants in their fields together with CPD Training Coordinator and NEBDN examiner Jillian Eastmond who is passionate about cross infection control.  


Anne Hegarty passed on her extensive knowledge of oral cancer in her speech entitled ‘Malignant and potentially malignant oral lesions/conditions'. Outlining the causes of sarcomas and malignant cells in the mouth, Anne gave an extremely informative yet graphic seminar on how these diseases present themselves and the most appropriate course of action.

Continuing the theme of treatment, Dr Alexander Crighton, Consultant in Oral Medicine spoke extensively about ‘New medicines and the mouth’  highlighting the pros and cons of the latest medicines and how to spot when conflicting drugs have been prescribed.  

Jillian Eastmond, CPD Training Coordinator, ended the conference with her animated talk on ‘Prevention is better than cure - common diseases and how not to catch them!’ Jillian is widely respected in the educational field as a course tutor, NEBDN examiner and CPD Coordinator.

In conclusion Marie Parker, Chair of the Board of Trustees commented, “The day was a fabulous opportunity to meet with dental care professionals from across the UK to update them on the recent changes within NEBDN. We presented our latest projects including our ‘hot of the press’ post-registration prospectus which is also available online and our rapidly growing Alumni which currently comprises over 3000 members. 

We also introduced our unique qualification for Dental Implant Nursing, which has received a phenomenal amount of interest already. The Dental Implant Nursing course is available at a limited number of course providers at present but after a successful BDIA Showcase exhibition this year, we have already started discussions with a few more institutions who want to offer the course to dental nurses. It is all very encouraging.   

“NEBDN is committed to championing tomorrow’s dental nurse through further research and development and we look forward to being able to use future conferences to spread the word about this exciting work.  
“I would like to personally thank everybody who attended our NEBDN conference this year, especially delegates from outside NEBDN who joined us for the first time. The feedback has been very positive, so we look forward to welcoming more dental care professionals to next years’ event. “