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Welcome to the course

Joanne Shaw welcomes learners to the course and outlines the topics which will be covered over the five week course.
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Hello, everybody. My name is Joanne Shaw and I head up Dental X-ray Protection Services or DXPS here at Public Health England. A warm welcome to this course, which has been designed for all those who work with X-rays in dental practice, including those who have responsibility for radiation protection. This training is suitable for learners who have had no previous radiation protection training right through to those with many years experience who would like to refresh their training in this field. This course will give you a thorough understanding of the requirements for radiation protection in dental practice. Our aim is to provide you with sufficient information to carry out X-ray imaging safely and in compliance with the requirements of UK legislation.
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The training is delivered across five weeks, with each week providing about one hour of training. Successful completion of the course will earn you five points of verifiable continuous professional development, and you will be able to download a certificate as evidence of this. On completion of the course, we expect that you will understand the potential hazards associated with X radiation and the importance of restricting the exposure of staff and patients as far as is reasonably practicable.
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You’ll be familiar with the principal requirements of UK legislation and guidance relating to work with dental X-ray equipment, you’ll be able to apply the basic principles of practical radiation protection in a dental practice, and you’ll be in a position to take on the role of the radiation protection supervisor in relation to dental radiography.
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I hope that you enjoy the course. We are delighted to have you learning with us, and we look forward to your comments and feedback as we go along.

Welcome to ‘Dental Radiography: Radiation Protection in Dental Practice’. Thank you for joining us!

In the video above, Joanne Shaw welcomes you to the course and introduces the topics which will be covered over the next five weeks.

This course is designed for those working with X-rays in the dental practice setting to provide either a base level of training in radiation protection or to refresh previously trained staff.

The course aims to allow you to carry out X-ray imaging safely and in compliance with UK legislation.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the potential hazards associated with X-radiation

  • Understand the importance of restricting the exposure of both patients and staff as far as is reasonably practicable.

  • Be aware of UK legislation and guidance relating to work with dental X-ray equipment.

  • Apply the basic principles of practical radiation protection in a dental practice.

  • Be in a position to take the role of a Radiation Protection Supervisor in relation to dental radiography.

The course will last for 5 weeks with approximately 1 hour of learning each week and is accredited for 5 CPD points. A certificate is redeemable at the end of the course.

We have provided a glossary of terms which are used during the course, you can find this here or download a copy from the downloads section at the bottom of this page.

We hope you enjoy the course.

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