Part Time Dental Nurse (GDC 155549)
In 1997 I started my dental nursing training at Newcastle Dental Hospital where I gained the national certificate in dental nursing two years later. I continued to work as a dental nurse on the conservation department gaining further experience in complex dental treatments with professors, consultants and registrars.
In 2001 I decided to branch out into general dentistry with a local family practice. I also gained experience working in the community dental service whilst completing an Advanced diploma in Adult Nursing at Northumbria University, graduating with distinction in 2007. With this qualification I went on to work within gynaecology, cardiology and neurology wards in the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
I returned to dentistry because I missed it and the care, I was able to give to patients so I returned to family General practice as clinical lead nurse. I have since developed skills in clinical governance, infection control which I employ now at Ilfracombe Dental practice.
- Dental Nurse National Certificate , Newcastle Dental Hospital 1999
- Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies 2007
BEHIND THE SMILE
We asked Helen some questions to find out more about the woman behind the smile. Away from her professional life, what are the things she holds dear?
If you were able to invite three people (fictional or non fictional), (present or past) to your dinner table who would they be and why?
Mary Berry – I would love to learn different baking techniques and talk all things concerning baking… how to perfect the prefect white butter cream!
Wonder woman – she is my favourite DC character as she is a strong independent woman. Also linked to the inventor of the polygraph machine, I would love to use the lasso of truth on a few people!
Alfred Wainwright – so I can chat about his hiking adventures as I’ve recently taken on the sport.
If you weren’t a dentist, what would you want to do as a career?
Either run a gorgeous little tea room or a bed and breakfast somewhere idyllic.
If you were to share one piece of dental advice, what would it be?
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and always remember to smile
What is your favourite charity?