September signalled the end of a rewarding journey for the first group of practice managers to complete The Dentistry Business’ year-long Level 4 Certificate in Dental Practice Management accredited by the University of Chester.
This first cohort; Andrea Quayle, Sylvia Tuladhar and Michelle McLoughlin, were accompanied to the event by their practice principals and presented with their Certificates by Dr Graham Brown, member of the BDA’s Education Committee, and Donna Hough, BADN North West Regional Co-ordinator, in a ceremony held in Chester.
As a university accredited programme, the Level 4 course requires determination and commitment from students and provides dental nurses and practice managers with a highly regarded qualification, 63 hours of verifiable CPD and 60 credits transferable to other higher education programmes.
Donna Hough, who is also head of dental education and workforce for the North Western Deanery, said: ‘The role of practice managers and dental nurses is increasingly concerned with business issues and an accredited programme such as this is of huge practical and educational value, not least in providing an externally validated qualification.’
The Level 4 Certificate is a modular programme which runs on nine days over a 12 month period and demonstrates how to apply practice management theory to day-to-day working practices, providing an excellent opportunity for practice managers, or those who aspire to practice management, to improve their professional status.
The Dentistry Business’s next University Accredited programmes at Level 4 for dental nurses and practice managers, and Level 7 for experienced practice managers and dentists, are due to start in January 2012.