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SEP 28/2016

How can dental nurses achieve their CPD requirements?

Dental nurses maintain and develop their skills and knowledge through continuing professional development (CPD). Healthcare is continually evolving so ongoing professional development is essential to ensure you remain effective in your role. 

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What are the requirements?

Registered dental nurses must undertake 150 CPD hours over a period of five years to maintain their place on the Dental Care Professional register. At least 50 hours must be verifiable CPD.

What is verifiable CPD?

Verifiable CPD can be achieved through conferences, seminars, training courses and online tests. It is verifiable because the activity is measureable, and has well-defined objectives and outcomes. You also receive proof of attendance/completion.

Non-verifiable CPD includes reading books and keeping up-to-date with journal articles that benefit your ongoing learning and development.

How can you achieve your CPD requirements?

We have had a look at the courses on offer for dental nurses to achieve their verifiable CPD requirements. The list below includes some of the free and discounted courses that are available. 

For dental nurses who are registered with Medacs Healthcare, you automatically receive six hours of free training to count towards your verifiable CPD hours. 

Our training covers the following topics:

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
  • Caldicott Principles
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Infection Control
  • Food Hygiene
  • Manual Handling (includes practical session)
  • Basic Life Support including CPR (with practical session)
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Conflict Management
  • Lone Working.

Find out more

For further information, contact one of our expert consultants by emailing

Sources: General Dental Council, Dental Nursing

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