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 – unsupervised and as part of direct access. The certificate is an alternative to the NEBDN qualification. We recommend completing the NEBDN qualification if you are planning to apply to university to study dental hygiene. 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.
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.
Oral Health Promotion During a Time of Pandemic
The aim of this webinar is to learn how to utilise your skills and expertise outside of the dental surgery to promote good oral health habits during a time of pandemic. One hour of verifiable CPD awarded upon completion.
Oral Health and General Health
The aim of this webinar is to understand the connection between oral health and general health. One hour of verifiable CPD awarded upon completion.