Education and Training

Core curricula in Dental Radiography and Radiology for the Dental Team

Core curricula in Dental Radiography and Radiology for the Dental Team Download

The original core curriculum in Dental Radiography and Radiology for undergraduate dental students was approved by the Council of the British Society of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology (BSDMFR) in October 1993. It received wide circulation following inclusion as Appendix C of Guidelines for Radiology Standards for Primary Dental Care1. This curriculum was subsequently updated in 2002 and 2008. In addition a separate curriculum for Dental Care Professionals was approved in 2008.
Following the GDC review of the undergraduate curriculum and publication of the document Preparing for practice – Dental team learning outcomes for registration2 in December 2011, which included changes in the scope of practice of therapists and hygienists allowing direct patient access, the BSDMFR Council decided that a further review of their curricula documents was required.
This latest (2015) version brings together the 2008 curriculum for dental students and the 2008 curriculum for Dental Care Professionals undertaking radiography as IR(ME)R operators. In addition, this new version acknowledges the GDC’s decision to allow certain Dental Care Professionals, namely therapists and hygienists, to act as IR(ME)R referrers, IR(ME)R practitioners and also as IR(ME)R operators who can report radiographs. Prior to 2014, training programmes for these particular Dental Care Professionals had only included training to enable them to act as non-reporting IR(ME)R operators. This version also includes the curriculum for dental nurses acting as IR(ME)R operators but not undertaking radiography.

StR Training

Training follows the curriculum set by the Royal College of Radiologists 

Entry requirements

Entry to a Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology training programme in the UK may follow the satisfactory completion of:

• a two year period of Foundation Training which may include a period of vocational training (VT), but should also include a period of training in secondary care in an appropriate cognate specialty

  • the possession of the FDS, MFDS or MJDF of the UK Surgical Royal Colleges or an equivalent qualification
  • candidates without FDS, MFDS or MJDF may be admitted to a programme but will normally be expected to possess an appropriate higher degree

and/or to have had appropriate experience in dental and maxillofacial radiology or a related discipline.

Duration of training

The Royal College of Radiologists anticipates that four years would normally be required to satisfactorily complete the radiology curriculum to the required depth and breadth, as identified in Schedule 3 of the General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualification) Order 2003, and all provisional CCST dates should be set at four years (48 months) in the first instance.

The CCST in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology will be awarded on the recommendation of the local Postgraduate Dental Dean following: • evidence of satisfactory completion of the Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology curriculum and the minimum training period

Dental & Maxillofacial Training Courses

The Morriston Head & Neck Ultrasound Workshop 

This course outlines the uses of Ultrasound in the head and neck by a series of lectures, practical live demonstrations and multiple “hands on sessions“. The programme starts with a live demonstration of the relevant anatomy using models. The key structures that act as landmarks within the neck will be highlighted.

Head and Neck Imaging 2017

This annual event at the Royal Society of Medicine is organised by its Radiology Section and by the British Society for Head and neck Imaging.  It aims to review, in an interactive forum, the current developments in the imaging of head and neck

Cone Beam CT Courses
The BSDMFR is running more of its very successful courses for both referers (level 1) and for interpreation (level 2).

Dental Nurses & Dental Therapists/Hygienists

The British Dental Association – Dental Radiography for DCPs
This 8 week course will help you learn:

  • how to use X-rays safely and
  • how to take common dental radiographs.

The course prepares you for the BDA Qualification in Dental Radiography, a nationally-recognised qualification that qualifies you to take radiographs unsupervised.

The National Examination Board for Dental Nurses
The NEBDN qualifications are delivered through a network of accredited course providers throughout the United Kingdom. All our accredited course providers are formally audited and monitored for quality assurance purposes and must demonstrate their continued conformity to NEBDN Standards. If you are a qualified dental nurse interested in progressing your career through further qualifications, our accredited course providers should be your first port of call. The list of accredited providers is organised by county.