Spring into Action
A look ahead to NEBDN’s Spring Conference designed to help you prepare for future practice
The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) is hosting a new event at the Hilton Hotel, Manchester Airport on Saturday 7 March 2020. The conference, in collaboration with the General Dental Council (GDC), is aimed at qualified dental nurses or those training towards a dental qualification interested in GDC developments, new qualifications and career opportunities.
NEBDN has organised the event to continue to support dental nurses through their candidate journey and provide guidance on the many career choices available once qualified. The conference is also dedicated to course providers interested in new ways of working to grow their business and make them a ‘provider of choice’.
The morning session includes keynote speaker Rebecca Cooper, head of GDC Policy and Research, alongside Debra Worthington and Clare Gross, who will discuss the Mouth Care Matters programme. The afternoon sessions will be split into two different workshops to allow delegates to get the most out of the day. Trainee and qualified dental nurses will hear from guest speakers from the Royal Navy, the British Army and Dentaid, for the ‘Crowning Careers’ special. Each presenter will provide information about their career journey and the job opportunities available. Following this, Guy Rubin, Research Manager at the GDC, will present a talk on the scope of practice and why this is so important moving forward as a dental nurse. The scope of practice also describes additional skills that can be developed after registration, as a dental nurse’s scope of practice is likely to expand over the course of their career.
Simultaneously, NEBDN’s course providers will receive a business update from NEBDN’s senior management team, based around its future aims and objectives and in collaboration with the charity’s vision and values. The afternoon session will also provide an update about recruitment and retention to cover elements, such as growing a business and how to successfully retain new cohorts.
Kate Kerslake, CEO at NEBDN commented: ‘Our vision and values shape who we are as a charity and, by hosting this conference, we can collaboratively bring practitioners, trainees and dental nurses together to share good practice. We will also talk about our exciting plans for the future when it comes to progressing our qualifications and streamlining our processes. Our vision is to be the leading provider, supporting excellence in dental nurse education and development in the UK, and we hope that this conference brings us one step closer to achieving that.’
As part of the event, Kate and the board of trustees will present awards to acknowledge individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding service or commitment to NEBDN – in the education and training of dental nurses, patient oral healthcare and/or NEBDN’s work. The Special Recognition Awards will congratulate the winners who were nominated earlier this year
and who will be announced at the event. The conference will also provide five hours of verifiable CPD with a certificate issued after the event. Tickets are available to purchase at £8.00 per person through Eventbrite up until 28 February 2020 and includes conference access, five hours CPD, refreshments and a hot buffet lunch.
Article published in the Dental Nursing Journal