We are looking for new Trustees – could this be you?

The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) works throughout the UK and Ireland to deliver high quality qualifications for dental nurses. Our mission is to improve the quality of education and training for dental nurses to promote patient safety and support effective dental practice.

Having recently been through a significant period of change, we now wish to strengthen the Trustee Board to support growth and development in a changing external environment. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in improving dental nurse education and training in the future.

We want to recruit exceptional people to complement those of our committed Board of Trustees. It’s an excellent opportunity for individuals from all areas of dentistry, including those who are looking to become a trustee for the first time, as well as those who have previous experience of Board level work.

Trustees are required to commit to around six Board meetings per year held either at the charity’s headquarters in Preston, Lancashire or in London. In addition, there are two or three supplementary meetings of the Board or its sub-committees annually and on-going information exchange, which requires a regular time commitment each month.

This is an unremunerated role although expenses will be paid for attendance at meetings. Professor Nairn Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Dentistry and Trustee of NEBDN, says: ‘The NEBDN has undergone significant change in recent times, and is now a forward-looking organisation. I have had the opportunity to support the NEBDN through its transformational programme of change, initially on an advisory basis and subsequently as a Trustee. As the position is honorary, for me it’s a means to put something back into the profession. ‘The primary purpose of a Trustee in a not-for-profit charity such as NEBDN, is to ensure that the organisation acts in the best interest of the beneficiaries. In the case of NEBDN, these are dental nurses and, in turn, the professions of dental nursing and dentistry. To achieve this goal, Trustees must individually and collectively oversee, in an objective, free of conflict manner, the most efficient and effective use of available resources and volunteer support.’

He adds: ‘There is an obvious good sense of purpose in contributing the encouragement of the attainment of awards and maintenance of high standards amongst dental nurses, as important members of the dental team. Thanks to a number of arrangements and circumstances unique to the UK, including the sterling work of the NEBDN, dental teams in Britain are supported by exceptionally well-qualified dental nurses. Indeed, UK qualified dental nurses are amongst the best in the world. As a Trustee of NEBDN, I am honoured to encourage and promote this.’

Download a Trustee recruitment pack here

Download a Trustee application pack here

For further information contact Laura Oddie, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive at laura.oddie@nebdn.org on tel: 01772 429994.

Closing date for applications is 3rd November 2017