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National Diploma in Dental Nursing (NEBDN)

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    Glossary of terms used in Curriculum

    Definitions are given in relation to their relevance to the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification, and the expected areas of coverage by the definitions.

    Biochemistry(1.1.4) – as a minimum this should include the chemistry of living organisms and the substances involved in their metabolism. To include the structures and functions of cellular components such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other bio molecules.

    Clinical practice (3.3.3) – that area of dentistry involved with the direct delivery of dental treatment to patients, in the dental chair. Areas of coverage should include the following methods:


    • Letter
    • Electronic


    • Face to face
    • Telephone


    Dental biomaterials(1.1.10) – those materials designed for use in the oral cavity during the practice of dentistry, which are biologically compatible.

    • Areas of coverage should include those for use as follows:
    • Cementing fixed orthodontic components
    •  Cementing fixed restorations
    • Impression taking
    • Linings for cavities
    • Pain control
    • Permanent fillings
    •  Sealing root canals
    • Temporary dressings
    • Wound dressings

    Functions of major body systems (1.1.5) – the physiology of the major body systems, in relation to their significance to dental treatment. Areas of coverage should include the following systems:

    • Cardiovascular
    • Digestive
    • Nervous
    • Respiratory

    Health and Safety legislation (1.4.5) – the legislation and regulations that specifically pertain to the safe running of the dental workplace. Areas of coverage should include all of the following, their successive updates, or relevant international variations:

    • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Environmental Protection Act (Waste Regulations)
    • Fire Precaution Regulations
    • First Aid Regulations
    • Health and Safety (Young Persons) Regulations
    • Health and Safety at Work Act
    •  Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R)
    • Ionising Radiation Regulations (IRR)
    • Manual Handling Regulations
    • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)

    Medical conditions (1.3.6) – those physical conditions or medications that make understanding of oral health messages, or acceptable standards of oral health, difficult for the patient to achieve. Areas of coverage should include the following medical conditions and medications:

    • Hearing impairment
    • Medications with detrimental oral side effects
    • Mobility impairment
    • Visual impairment

    Patient-centered care and approach(2.1.2 and 4.2.1) – the actions taken to ensure that the dental team behave and work in a manner that ensures the best interests of the patient are maintained at all times. Areas of coverage should include the following principles:

    • Patient consent
    • Patient confidentiality
    • Handling complaints
    • Adhering to GDC Standards guidance
    • Adhering to GDC Scope of Practice

    Psychiatric conditions(1.3.6) – those mental, emotional, or behavioural conditions that make attendance for oral care or dental treatment, or the understanding of oral health messages given, problematic for the patient. Areas of coverage should include the following conditions:

    •  Dental anxiety
    • Dental phobia
    • Special educational needs

    The term specifically discounts any other psychiatric conditions, as sufferers of those are considered as special needs patients whose dental treatment and oral care is beyond the remit of a basically qualified dental nurse.

    Sterilization, decontamination, and disinfection materials (1.1.6) – those materials used during these procedures to obtain asepsis, decontamination, or disinfection. Areas of coverage should include the following materials:

    • Deionised water
    • Solution decontaminants
    • Solution disinfectants
    • Surface disinfectants

    Vulnerable groups(2.2.7) – patient groups that may be vulnerable to abuse by others, due to their age or their diminished mental or physical capacity. Areas of coverage should include the following groups:

    • Children
    • Elderly
    • Mentally incapacitated adults
    • Physically incapacitated adults

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    Next Blended Learning* Course Dates: (Due to Covid 19, all courses are now live online until 2021)

    • DN 35 – Thursday 15th October 2020        2.00 pm to 4.00 pm (Weekly)
    • DN 36 – Thursday 26th Nov. 2020              6.00 pm to 8.00 pm (Weekly)
    • DN 37 – Friday 8th January 2021              1.30 pm to 5.30 pm (Every two weeks)
    • DN 38 – Thursday 4th February 2021       11.30 am to 1.30 pm (Weekly)

    * Blended Learning combines in-classroom and live online lectures

    Live Online Course:

    • DNO4 – Thursday 22nd October  2020         5.00pm to 9.00pm (Every two weeks)
    • DNO5 – Tuesday 17th November 2020         9.30am to 11.30am (Weekly)
    • DNO6 – Tuesday 8th December  2020          6.00pm to 8.00pm (Weekly)