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Dentistry continuing professional development (CPD)

NES delivers a variety of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for the dental team enabling them to keep up to date and deliver quality patient care.

Some are delivered as team training events and some are profession-specific. Education and training can be delivered at local delivery centres or in your practice. All our courses comply with GDC verifiable CPD requirements and are eligible for CPD Allowance for General Dental Practitioners who comply.

Information on courses available is publicised on the NES Portal. Booking courses is also done via the Portal.

Continuing Professional Development Approval (CPDA)

We approve non-NES training and education through our Other Approved Courses approval process for course organisers. Education and training providers who wish to apply for CPDA approval should contact their regional postgraduate administrator for advice on the procedure. In general, attendance at courses outside Scotland will not be approved for CPDA. Anyone wishing to attend a course outside Scotland will have to apply to the Postgraduate Dean for permission before the course date detailing the justification for attendance.

*No courses held outwith the UK will be approved.

Learning Formats

We offer four learning formats:

  • Lecture-based courses
  • Small group teaching
  • In-Practice education
  • Distance Learning

If you would like to organise an in-practice CPD event or you have any ideas on areas we should be considering developing distance or e-learning packages for please contact your regional CPD advisor via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Lecture-based courses

Generally provided in Regional Postgraduate centres for those topics that lend themselves to this format of delivery. They are commonly combined with some interactive group activities to help achieve learning outcomes.

Small group teaching

Many courses lend themselves to small group teaching. For many, it will be the subject matter that will lend itself to being taught in small groups to facilitate interactive learning and participant participation. 'Hands-on' courses will also be taught in small groups because of the logistics of teaching. These are practical clinical courses either on patients, phantom heads or manikins.


Last updated: 14/02/2020

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