Train with us

Train with us

Training at the Dental Hospital

The Royal London Dental Hospital has been involved in the delivery of dental nurse education since 1945. 

Our training centre offers registerable qualifications for individuals wishing to develop and career in dental nursing and post-qualification courses to support the continuing professional development of qualified dental nurses. The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses accredit our courses on a regular basis ensuring national quality standards are met. 

With a team of experienced educators we pride ourselves on ensuring quality and achieving consistently high pass marks in our qualifications.

National diploma in dental nursing

The Diploma in Dental Nursing training course is designed to support and prepare students for the National Examination Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) National Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification. Once the qualification has been achieved students are able to apply for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC).

Full-time training

Our full-time training course is for individuals wishing to train as a dental nurse in a hospital environment.

Our trainee dental nurses are employed by Barts Health Dental Hospital and enrolled on to our course.

As part of their employment and training, Trainee dental nurses are required to attend Barts Health Dental Hospital 5 days per week, 9am – 5:30pm, Monday – Friday over a period of one year. Four days per week will be spent working throughout the various specialist departments within our dental services, gaining the required clinical dental nursing experience. One day per week will be spent attending structured theoretical training, to gain the underpinning knowledge in accordance with the NEBDN syllabus.  

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How to apply:

Applications for our full time training course will be advertised on NHS jobs. All applications should be completed online via NHS jobs and submitted by the closing date specified on the advertisement.

Applicants will be shortlisted and those selected will be invited for an initial assessment. An interview will be offered to those who successfully complete the initial assessment. Those successful at interview will be offered a training position.


Part-time training

The part-time training course is for students based within their own dental workplace.

Theoretical training sessions will be held at our dental hospital training centre once a month.

Each student will be allocated a personal tutor who will support them in the completion of the NEBDN Record of Experience and preparing for the NEBDN written and OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).

This course will cover:

  • The learning outcomes specified in the NEBDN National Diploma syllabus which can be found on the NEBDN website

Start date: TBC

Course fees and application information:

Please contact the training team 

Post qualifications for dental staff

The dental sedation nurses training programme at Barts Health Dental Hospital is suitable for GDC registered dental nurses who assist with patients receiving treatment under conscious sedation.

The training programme requires candidates to achieve a balanced mixture of knowledge and practical skills as well as demonstrating an appropriate professional attitude. To ensure our dental sedation qualifications reflect the areas of practice the dental nurse works in, the course offers training to enable candidates to complete one of the three options offered by the NEBDN:

  • Certificate in dental sedation nursing (Inhalation and intravenous sedation)
  • Award in inhalation sedation dental nursing
  • Award in intravenous sedation dental nursing

All three qualifications are at the same level. The titles ‘award’ and ‘certificate’ indicate the difference in the number of learning hours required to complete each qualification. Candidates will need to decide at the start of the programme which of the three qualifications is appropriate to their clinical practice. 

This course will cover:

  • The learning outcomes specified in the NEBDN Sedation Dental Nursing syllabus, which can be found on the NEBDN website:
  • Our course is designed to run over 13 months to allow each student adequate time to complete all of the clinical competencies to gain entrance to the  NEBDN Sedation Examination. There are dedicated sessions after entry for mock examinations, examination preparation and revision to facilitate our students success.

The start date of this course is: TBC

Cost: £1,100 (including NEBDN registration & examination).

For further information please email the team