I am a Community Dental Nurse for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. I work within the North Wales Community Dental Service in Wrexham Dental Centre, providing community clinics and services delivered from Ysbwty Maelor Wrexham.
I am office based and no longer work with patients. My role involves maintaining and overseeing the provision of postgraduate education and training for the dental team in Wales. I work with many different stakeholders and partners including Welsh Government and Dental Deans in the rest of the UK.
My dental nurse training has involved working for three years at a general dental practice in Powys, Mid Wales. One day a week I went to Wrexham every Tuesday for academic teaching towards my qualification. During Covid this teaching took place virtually. Normally the training takes 18 months but due to the pandemic my training took a little longer.
My role is office based however a great deal of my time is spent visiting care homes to educate care staff on oral health care and how they can help maintain their residents’ mouths and teeth. I also support staff and provide guidance so they can complete national documentation around risk assessment and care planning of their residents.