Dentistry: Technicians

Health written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to support training and professional development for clinical dental technicians.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The General Dental Council is responsible for approving training courses, which lead to the registration of dental care professionals. We believe that a training course for clinical dental technicians needs to be established in England. We were therefore very encouraged to learn that the Postgraduate Dental Dean for south east coast is collaborating the university of Kent to devise a course which should give credit for relevant experience and competencies which some dental technicians have already acquired. We understand the programme will be submitted to the General Dental Council's Education Committee in December and, if it is approved, places will be advertised in the new year.

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