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:
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:
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:
- Mentally incapacitated adults
- Physically incapacitated adults
OPTION-01: – Live online course start dates:
All SmileWisdom online classes are with a qualified and experienced tutor.
- Tuesday 2 January 2024 – DNO51
9.30am to 11.30am (One 2 hour class every week with Claire Maasz)
- Tuesday 23 January 2024 – DNO52
9.30am to 11.30am (One 2 hour class every week with Deborah Halter)
- Sunday 28 January 2024 – DNO53
10.00am to 12.00pm (One 2 hour class every week with Fiza Hussain)
- Tuesday 13 February 2024 – DNO54
6.00pm to 8.00pm (One 2 hour class every week with Deborah Halter)
- Monday 19 February 2024 – DNO55
6.00pm to 8.00pm (One 2 hour class every week with Perminder Kaur)
NOTE: – Each class is the same day and time as the first class.
OPTION-02: – Blended / Hybrid Learning course start dates:
All SmileWisdom classes are with a qualified and experienced tutor.
- Thursday 7 December 2023 – DNB64
2.00pm to 4.00pm (One 2 hour class every week with Dr Liz Moran)
- Thursday 1 February 2024 – DNB65
4.00pm to 6.00pm (One 2 hour class every week with Dr Liz Moran)
NOTE: – Each class is the same day and time as the first class. Alternate weeks: Face to face classes and live online lectures. We are based at The British Dental Association (BDA). 64 Wimpole St. London, W1G 8YS.
OPTION-03: – 100% face to face:
Classroom based for all lectures with a qualified and experienced tutor.
- Thursday 23 November 2024 – DNF10
2:00pm to 6.00pm (One 4 hour class every two weeks with Sarah Hussey)
- Thursday 11 January 2024 – DNF11
9.30am to 1.30pm (One 4 hour class every two weeks with Perminder Kaur)
- Thursday 22 February 2024 – DNF12
9.00am to 1.00pm 2 (One 4 hour class every two weeks with Sarah Hussey)
NOTE: – Each class is every 2 weeks for 4 hours on Thursday at the same time as the first class. We are based at The British Dental Association (BDA). 64 Wimpole St. London, W1G 8YS.