Where can my NEBDN qualification(s) take me?

Embarking on an NEBDN qualification isn’t just about becoming a Dental Nurse. Our qualifications serve as a gateway to a multitude of professional avenues, each offering unique challenges and opportunities for growth. Beyond the clinical setting, individuals with our qualifications can explore diverse paths, including specialised practice areas, academic pursuits, research endeavours, and other healthcare roles. There is no end to the variety of rewarding career options awaiting those with an NEBDN qualification.

 

 

Career pathways

Practice Manager

A Dental Practice Manager, or Dental Office Manager, is responsible for looking after the business side of a dental practice to ensure that the business runs smoothly. Their primary duties include recruiting staff and supervising administrative personnel, managing a records database and processing payroll instructions.

Qualification recommended:

National Diploma/Apprenticeship 

Oral Health Co-Ordinator

Responsible for orchestrating comprehensive oral health initiatives within hospital settings, catering to the needs of both healthcare and educational practitioners. This involves meticulous planning, development, and execution of programs, along with the provision of training encompassing both theoretical understanding and practical application. Additionally, collaborating closely with external organizations and local authorities to ensure seamless integration and effectiveness.

The role extends to offering specialized guidance and insights on oral and public health matters to professionals in the healthcare and education sectors. Through diverse teaching methods, training sessions, and assessment techniques, striving to enhance the quality of patient/client care, particularly for those grappling with intricate oral health challenges and diseases.

Qualification recommended:

Oral Health Education

Domiciliary Special Care Nurse

In their role, domiciliary nurses cultivate strong bonds with their patients, fostering an intimate understanding of their medical backgrounds, preferences, and individual needs. They are adept at administering medications, closely monitoring vital signs, and delivering meticulous wound care, all the while providing invaluable emotional support and companionship.

Qualification recommended:

Special Care Dental Nursing

Orthodontic Therapist

In their role, Orthodontic Therapists are tasked with a variety of orthodontic procedures, such as fitting orthodontic headgear, facebows, tooth separators, and bonded retainers, as well as taking impressions and placing brackets and bands on teeth. They also offer patients advice on how to properly care for their appliances to promote optimal results and comfort.

Qualifications recommended:

Orthodontic Dental Nursing

Orthodontic Nurse

Orthodontic nurses prepare for orthodontic procedures by ensuring all necessary equipment is gathered for the orthodontist. They take on the responsibility of mixing the substances required for the procedure and applying pain medications to patients’ gums to ensure comfort. Throughout the procedure, their role involves assisting orthodontists by handing them the necessary tools and performing specific tasks, such as creating casts of patients’ mouths and applying dental apparatus to align teeth and jaw bones.

Qualification recommended:

Orthodontic Dental Nursing

Lead Dental Nurse

Lead Dental Nurses have a number of responsibilities in a practice such as introducing new clinical protocols into daily practice. Supervising decontamination procedures to minimize operational disruptions. Managing central stock inventory and conducting staff training to optimize material utilization. Collaborating with the Practice Manager to support the practice in reaching its full potential.

Qualification recommended:

National Diploma/Apprenticeship 

Dental Nurse Tutor

Dental Nurse Tutors are integral to the training and education of new Dental Nurse recruits. Their role involves guiding Learners through their coursework and preparing them not only for their on the job duties but also for the exams they will face during their studies.”

Qualifications recommended:

National Diploma/Apprenticeship 

All Post-Registration qualifications

 

Sedation Specialist Dental Nurse

Sedation and General Anaesthesia trained Dental Nurse responsibilities include providing support to the patient during the insertion of a cannula. With their additional knowledge and skills, they are capable of monitoring patients while they are sedated, as well as overseeing their recovery post-treatment

Qualification recommended:

Dental Sedation Nursing

Healthcare Assistant

They observe, monitor, and record patients’ vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration, and weight. Additionally, they engage in effective communication with patients, their relatives, and caregivers. Their duties involve assisting with clinical tasks and providing personal care, which includes infection prevention and control, ensuring proper nutrition, maintaining personal hygiene, and ensuring overall reassurance, comfort, and safety of the patients.

Qualification recommended:

National Diploma/Apprenticeship 

Associate Ambulance Practitioner

The day-to-day responsibilities of an Associate Ambulance Practitioner entails working collaboratively within an ambulance crew to respond promptly to emergency (999) and urgent calls, delivering essential emergency and urgent aid. This includes driving safely and responsively at high speeds to ensure swift assistance.

Qualification recommended:

National Diploma/Apprenticeship 

Dental Technician

As a Dental Technician, you will play a crucial role in the fabrication of various dental prosthetics and appliances to assist patients in achieving optimal oral health and function. You will work closely with dentists and other dental professionals to create custom-made dental devices such as crowns, bridges, dentures, and orthodontic appliances. Your attention to detail, technical skills, and understanding of dental materials will be essential in producing high-quality dental restorations that meet the specific needs of each patient.

Qualification recommended:

Dental Sedation Nursing

Dental Hygienist

As a Dental Hygienist, you will play a vital role in promoting oral health and preventing dental diseases through patient education, preventive treatments, and professional dental cleanings. Working closely with dentists and other dental professionals, you will assess patients’ oral health, provide personalized oral hygiene instructions, and perform dental prophylaxis to remove plaque, tartar, and stains. Your expertise in dental hygiene techniques and your ability to build rapport with patients will contribute to maintaining and improving their overall oral health.

Qualifications recommended:

National Diploma/Apprenticeship 

All Post-Registration qualifications

Dental Therapist

As a Dental Therapist, you will be responsible for providing comprehensive dental care to patients, with a focus on preventive and restorative treatments. Working under the supervision of a dentist, you will assess patients’ oral health, diagnose dental conditions, and perform a range of dental procedures, including fillings, extractions, and preventive treatments. Your expertise in dental therapy techniques and your ability to communicate effectively with patients will contribute to maintaining their oral health and overall well-being.

Qualifications Recommended:

National Diploma/Apprenticeship 

All Post-Registration qualifications

Advanced Clinic Practitioner

As an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, you will assume an integral role in delivering advanced clinical care within a healthcare setting. Working autonomously and collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team, you will assess, diagnose, and manage patients with complex health conditions. Your advanced clinical skills, critical thinking abilities, and leadership qualities will contribute to enhancing patient outcomes and the overall quality of care provided.

Qualifications recommended:

National Diploma/Apprenticeship 

All Post-Registration qualifications