Why attend this course?
This course is designed for qualified dental nurses to confidently and safely integrate the knowledge of diagnostic, treatment planning, surgical and restorative protocols of implant dentistry into their practice. On completion of the course and examination, you will be awarded with the nationally recognised qualification of NEBDN Certificate in Dental Implant Nursing.
What will I learn?
This course will teach all aspects of implant dentistry from basic surgical anatomy and physiology, the latest minimally traumatic extraction techniques, planning a patient’s surgical and restorative journey, to maintenance and complications. The importance of a team approach as well as an evidence-based understanding of the components, equipment, materials and technologies available to the dental implant team will also be covered. This course will have a heavy emphasis on hands-on clinical application. You will gain the required clinical competence by assisting dentists during the provision of surgical and restorative stages of implant treatment.
This qualification aims to provide:
- A standardised and quality assured learning experience at an NEBDN accredited centre.
- An independent and objective assessment of knowledge by NEBDN.
- Develop a detailed Record of Competence at ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute & Hospital as evidence of practical experience in the workplace.
- Gain a nationally recognised qualification awarded by NEBDN in Dental Implant Nursing.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of implant techniques in dentistry.
- Understand the range of control of pain and anxiety techniques.
- Understand the importance and influence that the patients’ general health may have on the use of dental implants.
- Demonstrate the knowledge to assist with effective dental implantology.
- Understand the importance of complying with contemporary guidance relating to the environment, facilities and equipment.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the issues involved in the scientific basis of dental implants.
- Understand limitations, benefits and risks of dental implants techniques.
- Recognise own limitations, reflect on experiences and appreciate the need for continuing education.
- Explain the concept of multidisciplinary care of patients and teamwork.
- Assist in the assessment of patients who require dental implants.
- Practice effective and safe dental implant nursing.
- Remain calm, decisive and purposeful whilst handling difficulties or complications.
- Empathise with patients and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with patients, parents, carers and colleagues.
How will I learn?
Here at ICE we believe the best way to learn is through direct contact with lecturing staff and with fellow students which can only be achieved by physically attending lectures and clinical days. Especially for topics which involve so many practical skills.
The course begins with practical work in clinics (after a preparation day) so that you can begin to build your Record of Competence. You will be involved in the treatment of patients here are the purpose built ICE implant hospital, so you don’t have the hassle of finding suitable patients in your own practices. You will learn with the support of our team of experienced dentists and nurses. The clinic days will either take place on a Tuesday or Friday, and you should expect 1-2 days per month. Once you’ve applied, you would be assigned to a clinic group and this would determine the specific clinic dates.
From February, with a couple of months of practical experience in hand, you will begin the academic/theory side of the course, where you will be taught by a variety of speakers (dentists and nurses) who are experts in their field. The majority of these days are planned for Saturdays to limit the amount of time you need to take out of work.
Throughout the course, you will be supported by our team of nurses and support staff who can offer feedback, particularly in building and completing your Record of Competence, which is submitted in the late spring/early summer, leaving you time to complete the academic days and prepare for the exam in September.
How will I be assessed?
This certificate aims to provide a standardised and quality assured learning experience, the development of a detailed Record of Competence (RoC) and an independent and objective assessment of knowledge by the NEBDN.
The course is a very practical qualification with a heavy emphasis on hands-on clinical application. You will gain the required clinical competence by assisting dentists in the School of Implant Dentistry during the provision of surgical and restorative stages of implant treatment.
Assessments will include:
- Practical Competence Assessment Sheets
- Directly Observed Clinical Skills Assessments
- Case Studies
- Supplementary Outcomes
The course concludes with a final exam. Please note that you must have satisfactorily completed the Record of Competence before you can take the exam.
To apply for the NEBDN Certificate in Dental Implant Nursing at ICE you must:
- Be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) or the Irish Dental Council
- Have clinical indemnity insurance
- Be able to meet the work-based clinical requirements of the Record of Competence.
- Be sufficiently fluent in written and spoken English to communicate effectively with patients, their relatives, the dental team and other healthcare professionals in the UK (GDC standards for the Dental Team, 2.1.2).
You will also need the cooperation of your employer, as the course does necessitate some time away from the workplace (on pre-arranged days).
How to apply
If you would like to apply please fill in the form below.
Application made later than one month before the start of the course may cause a delay in starting in clinics due to the amount of time it takes to register students with the NEBDN and have the Record of Competence set up. It will not be possible for students starting in clinics late to have an extension on the submission of the Record of Competence as this would mean you would not be eligible to take the exam in September.
Once your application has been accepted, you will be sent an invoice. Payment of which will confirm your place on the course. The remainder of the fee becomes payable one month before the beginning of the course unless you have arranged to pay by instalments by setting up a monthly standing order with you bank (details of which are on the application form). Applications made later than one month before the course will also be liable to pay the full course fees on application to confirm your place, unless instalments are set up.