The Certificate of Competence in Oral Health Education and Promotion is suitable for registered dental nurses (including orthodontic nurses) who want to provide oral health education and promotion – in clinic and in community (schools, care homes etc.) – unsupervised and as part of direct access. The certificate is an alternative to the NEBDN qualification and was developed to provide more affordable and accessible oral health training for registered dental nurses. The theory is the same for both but the Record of Competence and certificate is different.
The certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of Modules 1-7, two online tests and the Record of Competence (RoC). It enables oral health educators to work unsupervised. This includes direct access oral health sessions with patients.
Who should apply?
You should only enrol for this course if you are employed, qualified, registered, indemnified and:
- Have emailed firstname.lastname@example.org the required documentation below;*
- Are able to meet the record of competence requirements - see below.
- Have access to a computer and the internet;
- Are passionate about promoting good oral health.
Please email scanned copies (you may take photos and email these) to email@example.com.
The aim of completing this Record of Competence (RoC) is to demonstrate your ability to provide oral health education and promotion to a range of patients on a variety of oral health topics, both within the dental practice and in the wider community.
By the time you have completed the RoC, you will:
Be confident in providing appropriate oral health advice to a range of patients, on a range of topics, in a one-to-one session.
Be confident in providing oral health promotion in a group setting.
Be able to identify barriers to good oral health faced by patients and patient groups, and be knowledgeable on ways of overcoming these barriers.
Be able to create your own resources for use in oral health promotion.
The RoC consists of the following five parts:
Part 1 – In clinic OHE appointments.
Part 2 – Display.
Part 3 – Resources.
Part 4 – Group sessions.
Part 5 – Course feedback and signed/completed witness list.
General dental practice
Specialist orthodontic practice only
The estimated completion time for the course is 6 months. You have a maximum of 12 months to complete the course.
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