Sunderland College launches new course to help ease dentistry skills shortage in the North East

Victoria Gray, Dental Nurse at A-Line dental services; Sunderland College principal Anne Isherwood; Mark Maley, director at A-Line Dental Services; Craig Stevens, director at Ashford Orthodontics; and Colin Caster, managing director at A-Line Dental Services.
Victoria Gray, Dental Nurse at A-Line dental services; Sunderland College principal Anne Isherwood; Mark Maley, director at A-Line Dental Services; Craig Stevens, director at Ashford Orthodontics; and Colin Caster, managing director at A-Line Dental Services.
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A NEW dental course is aiming to fill the gaps in the jobs market.

Sunderland College has launched the programme to help people train and ease the dentistry skills shortage in the region.

The dental sector is experiencing a skills shortage and as a college we believe it is vital to work with our industry partners to introduce relevant courses that support the local economy and provide our students with good job prospects.

Anne Isherwood, Sunderland College principal

Working with industry specialists, the college will deliver a vocational course in dental nursing, which will combine classroom-based learning and work experience placements.

Recognised by the General Dental Council, the Diploma in Dental Nursing will allow students to register with the council, which is a prerequisite to working as a dental care professional in the UK.

Experts from A-Line Dental Services and Ashford Orthodontics teach elements of the course alongside the college’s specialist health lecturing team.

Students will also spend time gaining ‘on the job’ training in a dental surgery.

College principal Anne Isherwood said: “We are always looking for new opportunities to expand our education and training provision, and we are very pleased to work with industry specialists to launch these courses.

“The dental sector is experiencing a skills shortage and as a college we believe it is vital to work with our industry partners to introduce relevant courses that support the local economy and provide our students with good job prospects.”

In addition to the dental courses, the college will soon be offering apprenticeships in dental nursing, dental laboratory technician and dental practice management roles, and is launching Continued Professional Development (CPD) training for dental health professionals.

The one-year diploma course will be taught from the college’s Washington Campus and begins next month, with a second intake in September.