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Inclusive Team Skills

15 Jul 2018

The evolution in dental business is aligned to established business models across all sectors – all of which rely upon planning, clinical skills and robust support services. Over the years, since dental nurse registrations became mandatory, the attitude of many dental nurses toward their professionalism has dramatically shifted. Most dental nurses now fully understand the responsibilities and potential of their role, which leads them to perceive themselves as ‘dental professionals’, rather than as ‘having a job at the dentists’. Their work is becoming increasingly exacting and challenging. As a result, there is a good argument for nurses in larger teams to focus on their treatment room work, rather than splitting their time between treatment room and reception as the skills and aptitudes required to excel clinically are not necessarily the same skills required for non-clinical excellence.


As a result of this new team focus, it’s a logical step for dental employers to recruit from outside of dentistry and 'buy-in' advanced non-clinical skills. When recruiting for non-clinical roles they look for skills developed in business, customer care or sales environments. This is massively beneficial as long as the new recruits can rapidly gain a working understanding of dental regulations, the practical needs of dental professionals and the ethics and culture of the dental sector. There are a number of programmes offered in home learning formats which provide a 'practice pathway' introduction to dentistry and these can be undertaken before the recruit starts their new employment.


The aim of such programmes is to provide factual information then, using a series of questions and tasks, to encourage the new recruit to reflect on their learning and to interact with their new colleagues by asking questions to create positive working relationships while building knowledge and understanding of dentistry. The Fast Track into Dentistry for Non-Clinical Dental Professionals is an example of such a course. With this programme learners are required to send work for assessment and discussion with an allocated tutor. The knowledge and skills that need to be covered during the induction process include:

  • The backdrop to the dental profession.
  • The role of dental professionals.
  • Infection control and safe working.
  • Charting and Record keeping .
  • Dental equipment and non-clinical environment.

Some practices have attempted to recruit for administrative roles from non-dental backgrounds with limited success. No doubt there are a wide range of reasons for the results they have achieved. Starting a new career in a new profession is a bold step for anyone, one for which the quality of support and the availability of accessible information is frequently a 'deal maker'. The recruitment process is a costly exercise and yet one which when completed competently has the potential to realise great benefits for the team and the practice. Although practice induction procedures will no doubt be clearly defined in your personnel management processes, it‘s worth considering using a resource such as a fast track introduction to dentistry course not only for non-clinical staff but also as a sorting exercise to gain insight of the learning and study skills of those embarking on a dental nursing career- Click on this link for  for full details of our fast Track welcome to dentistry course_ http://www.glenys-bridges.co.uk/course.aspx?id=10159

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Having been employed as a head dental nurse for many years, I'd reached a point in my career where it was 'make or break'. I was struggling to find a potential employer whom would take me seriously in wanting to progress into practice management and had numerous unsuccessful interviews. I found Glenys Bridges Dental Practice Management course online and thought I would give it a go. Little did I realise at the time of enrolling that this course would open up new doors for myself and give me the knowledge and confidence to succeed into practice management. As the course progressed, so did my confidence. I looked forward to my tutorials and the course is set out in a way which tackles each topic in an order which is easy to digest. I can honestly say that this course was the turning point in my career and I am now the proud practice manager of a lovely orthodontic practice. I love my new role and am utilising many things learnt in the course such as people management and business planning. I cannot thank Glenys Bridges enough for her support and feel very lucky to have had such a knowledgeable mentor.

Shelley Lord

I now have more confidence with distance learning after doing this introduction course. I am looking forward to working with Glenys in the future. Many thanks.

Michelle Hammond, Introduction Operational Dental Practice Management

I am doing a Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Dental Practice Management with Rebecca Morris. I'm really enjoying the course so far, I am currently working my way through my second unit of work, after achieving 100% on my unit 1. The support provided by Becki every week is just brilliant, she explains everything I need to know in order to complete my course work. The regular phone calls keeps motivation throughout the process. I'm also finding the course is already taking effect in day to day work, which is extremely useful! Overall brilliant course and amazing tutor!

Sarah Toye, Advanced Supervisory Dental Practice Management Skills S3

I have really enjoyed the course and it as helped me a lot in the day to day running of a happy practice

lynn major, Advanced Team Leading Skills for Dental Nurses- S2 HEE

The course is well laid out and practical in terms of the skills required for Practice Management. This has given me valuable learning in order to go ahead and have the understanding about how to tackle situations that arise in management. Glenys is always supportive and offers sound and easy to understand advice and guidance. I would recommend this course to anyone hoping to pursue a position in Practice Management or to support anyone currently within the role.

Jo Wrigglesworth, Level 4 Dental Practice Management

very good course, had all the help and support that i needed plus more! Really feel like I have benefited from the course.

Georgia Fowle, Introduction to Dental Reception Skills

This course as a whole has been invaluable to me and I have my tutor Edita to thank for all of it – throughout the entire time Edita has been an enormous support, she is highly competent in what she does and has taken the time to thoroughly explain things when needed – I have felt at ease throughout the entire course knowing she is there for me any time I needed her and with her positive feedback she has made me feel completely confident in my abilities moving forward in my role – again a huge thank you to Glenys Bridges for the course but an added thank you to Edita for all your time, effort and support 😊

Jess Vivyan, Advanced Supervisory Dental Practice Management Skills S3

I found the course really helped me as I'm newly lead nurse. I found Becki really helped me with different approaches to leading my team. I even spoke to Becki about helping me with preparation to selling our practice. Becki is a great teacher and really cares for the people she helps.

ET, Introduction to Team Leading Skills for Dental Nurses- Home.

This course was a great course to complete alongside my working week. I was able to complete studies at my own pace and receive support from tutors whenever needed. The high point of this course was learning how to performance manage and support my staff effectively to ensure they develop fully in their career. This also means that the business get the best out of their staff. I have benefited hugely from this course as it has given me the confidence to manage my practice effectively and provided me with the knowledge to apply to my work. The tutor support with Gleny's Bridges is second to none. I was able to receive support and advice whenever needed. I would definitely recommend them as a course provider.

Amy Littler , Level 4 Dental Practice Management

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