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Dental Radiography: Radiation Protection in Dental Practice

Learn the UK safety requirements and legislation for carrying out safe dental X-rays on this CPD course for dental professionals.

Dental Radiography: Radiation Protection in Dental Practice

Discover the core principles of dental radiography and X-ray exposure

Led by experts from Public Health England’s Dental X-ray Protection Service (DXPS), this course will improve your understanding of the requirements for radiation protection in dental practice and provide you with the skills to take on the role of Radiation Protection Supervisor in your dental practice.

Develop your professional knowledge around the risks of X-radiation

This CPD course will equip you with the information and skills to ensure that dental radiography is carried out in a safe manner and that the requirements of key radiation protection legislation are complied with.

You’ll explore the potential hazards of dental X-radiation and the importance of restricting staff and patient radiation exposure as far as practicable.

Learn about UK dental radiation protection legislation and guidance

You’ll also familiarise yourself with relevant radiation protection guidance and legislation, including the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017, the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017, as well as the UK guidance for users of dental X-ray equipment.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to apply the basic principles of practical radiation protection in a dental practice and be ready to act as Radiation Protection Supervisor in your dental practice.

Does this course count as core CPD for dentists?

Yes, this course provides five hours of continuous professional development (CPD) training. Current UK legislation and guidance recommend that certain staff at dental practices to undertake five hours verifiable CPD in radiography or radiation protection, every five years.

What topics will you cover?

  • X-ray concepts and risks
  • Regulatory requirements planning
  • Practical protection from X-rays
  • Regulatory requirements and management of working with X-rays
  • Quality assurance

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the potential hazards associated with X-radiation and the importance of restricting the exposure of staff and patients as far as is reasonably practicable.
  • Identify the principal requirements of relevant UK legislation and guidance, namely IRR17, IRMER17 and the Dental Guidance Notes, 2nd Edition.
  • Apply the basic principles of practical radiation protection in a dental practice.
  • The ability to take on the role of the Radiation Protection Supervisor in relation to X-radiography in a dental practice.

Who is the course for?

This CPD training course is designed for dental professionals who are involved in work wit dental X-ray equipment. This includes dentists, hygienists, therapists, dental nurses and practice managers.

Others working in the dental or general healthcare sectors may also find the course interesting, but will not have the same professional requirement to undertake verifiable CPD.

Who will you learn with?

Joanne is the group leader of Public Health England’s Dental X-ray Protection Services (PHE-DXPS) and is a Radiation Protection Adviser and Medical Physics Expert with more than 30 years experience.

Andrew is an experienced Radiation Protection Adviser and Medical Physics Expert and provides advice to a wide range of users of ionising radiation. He specialises in dental radiation protection.

A Medical Physics Expert and principal scientist working in PHE’s Dental X-ray Protection Services. He has a substantial amount of experience in helping dental practices work safely with radiation.

Graham is the technical manager for Public Health England’s Dental X-ray Protection Services (PHE-DXPS) and is an experienced Radiation Protection Adviser and Medical Physics Expert.

Ruth leads the radiation protection consultancy team of Public Health England’s Dental X-ray Protection Services and is an experienced Radiation Protection Adviser and Medical Physics Expert.

Who developed the course?

Public Health England

We exist to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading research, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Learn best practices from experts
  • Learn from the experience of other health professionals
  • Fit learning around your schedule with unlimited access
  • Get evidence of learning outcomes and CPD hours
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime
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