October 24, 2023

The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) celebrated its 80th anniversary last week at The Villa, Wrea Green, Preston. The location was selected as tribute to where the charity first founded, meeting in the middle of the old and current office. The black-tie celebration evening consisted of a presentation and awards ceremony, dinner, and dancing. Guests included Staff, Trustees, Associates, Stakeholders and Suppliers. NEBDN was joined by VIP guests; the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), Society of British Dental Nurses (SBDN), Health Education England, General Dental Council and the British Dental Association. NEBDN would like to thank all who attended for making the evening so very special.

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the Awards ceremony. NEBDN celebrated Employees for their hard work and achievements in the below categories:

Long-Service Award – Congratulations to Jane Poole, Customer Support Manager, for her 15 years in service.

Unsung Hero Award – Congratulations to Janine Brown, Finance Lead

Employee Of the Year Award – Congratulations to Bethany Rawson, Internal Quality Manager

NEBDN was kindly issued with a gift presented by Michelle Brand, Treasurer at BADN, during a short speech and a video presentation was displayed to showcase 80 years in business. Click here to view video.

NEBDN’s roots stretch back over 80 years to 1936 when Philip Grundy, a visionary dental practitioner, imagined creating a recognised qualification to regulate the profession nationwide. With the support of the Dean of Birmingham Dental School, he founded the British Dental Nurses & Assistants Examining Board in 1943, comprising leading figures from the world of dentistry. Representing the three major dental organisations of the day, the new examination board set about creating educationally balanced written and oral examinations that could be replicated and regulated across the UK.

The first dental nursing examination was held in 1943 with 179 Learners sitting and has been repeated every year, (with the exception of 1947 and 1948). Back in 1943 the fee was one guinea, and a £10.00 prize was given for the highest mark. These days the number of Learners far exceeds 5000 examination entries every year which are now held online.

The widely recognised NEBDN badge was first introduced in 1951 in credit of the National Certificate and is still just as popular today.


Written by
Jade Monori