practices in Coventry and Warwickshire are smiling from ear to
ear after the launch of a new qualification that aims to help
them retain young dental staff.
NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) level 3 in Oral Health
and Dental Care has just been launched at Coventry Technical
College, and already 40 young people have signed up for the
place at the College, and funded by the Learning and Skills
Council (LSC) Coventry and Warwickshire, the NVQ level 3 in Oral
Health and Dental Care course will cover all aspects of
dentistry from health and safety to skull and heart physiology.
Smith, 19, from Henley Green, based at the Light Lane Dental
Practice in Coventry, is one of the first dental nurses to start
the new course.
lot of young people leave school and become a dental nurse for
a couple of months, and then leave the profession because of
the lack of training, but now there is a formal qualification
available which will improve overall standards and help retain
practices will now be able to ask for either qualified nurses
or make sure new staff study for this NVQ qualification,
helping to encourage young nurses to develop their career in
Claire Corfield, performance and standards adviser at the LSC
Coventry and Warwickshire: “In order to retain quality young
dental nurses there needs to be structured training plans for
young people who want to join the dental service.
new NVQ qualification will help recruits to stay in the
profession, and after their qualification they can progress to
dental hygienist and then move towards managing their own
practice or becoming a community dental therapist.”
any details about the NVQ level 3 in Oral Health and Dental Care
contact Diane Grover at Coventry Technical College on 024 7652