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Dental education and training

About us

One fifth of all UK-educated dentists train with us.

We are part of the largest dental teaching hospital in Europe, which is a world leader in many areas of dental research.

King's College London Dental Institute is made up of King's College LondonKing's College Hospital and us.

The institute provides undergraduate and postgraduate training for dental students and trains professions complimentary to dentistry, such as dental nurses and orthodontic therapists. It also provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services.

  • Oral health promotion

    St Thomas' dental centre provides an evidenced-based, oral health promotion outreach service for adults and children.

    The outreach team is led by a senior dental nurse, who holds an oral health promotion qualification, and comprises first and fifth year dental undergraduate students, hygiene and therapy students and general student nurses.

    The team works alongside doctors, nurses and health therapists, giving students a taste of real life working with local communities.

  • 'Exemplary' training

    The dental nursing academy was set up in 2015, training apprentices under the National Examination Board of Dental Nursing. In 2021, the dental nursing academy expanded to include advanced training for permanent members of staff including staff nurses, dental nurses, nursing assistants and dental care professionals (DCP's). This improves the knowledge and skills of the staff and provides post qualifications.

    The General Dental Council (GDC) makes continuing professional development (CPD) compulsory for all dental professionals. This is to make sure they keep their knowledge and skills up to date.

    Our staff are provided with free CPD. This allows them to work to the best of their ability and make sure patients receive the highest standard of care.


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