24 May 2011

    Q. I am a registered dental hygienist and dental therapist but unable to find suitable work at the moment. Am I allowed to undertake locum work as dental nurse in the meantime?

    There is no reason why you should not work as a dental nurse, always assuming that your training has made you conversant with the role of a dental nurse, as described in the GDC’s “Scope of Practice” document which is available from the GDC website.

    You should not call yourself a dental nurse; because of course you will not be registered with the GDC as such. They will have you registered as a dental hygienist and dental therapist.

    Review the benefits available to all dental care professionals who are DPL members.

    Dental Protection Limited (registered in England No. 2374160) is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Medical Protection Society Limited (MPS) which is registered in England (No.36142). Both companies have their registered office at 33 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PS.


    Dental Protection Limited serves and supports the dental members of MPS, with access to the full range of benefits of membership which are all discretionary and set out in MPS’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. MPS is not an insurance company.


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