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.