BADN set to host Afternoon Tea to raise funds for Breast Cancer

A year ago, BADN held its Virtual Anniversary Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Association’s 80th Anniversary.  This was such a success, that BADN have held monthly Coffee Catch Ups ever since. However, this month, the Association are doing something slightly different.

9-15 August is Afternoon Tea Week and Breast Cancer Now are using this to raise funds by encouraging everyone to hold an afternoon tea. BADN will be charging £5 per person to attend – all the money raised will go to Breast Cancer Now. There will be  a quiz, a name the teddy bear (and other) competitions, and a baking competition – with prizes from Parliament Hill, TRM, CFC, RA Sedation and TePe.

Tea guests can chat with BADN President Jacqui Elsden and other members of the Exec, as well as with speaker Carole Houston. Carole has been associated with the BADN for a number of years, both through her work as Communications Lead with the NEBDN and later in a similar role for Horizon, Blackpool Council’s drug and alcohol support service when – along with BADN Chief Executive Pam Swain and the late Janet Goodwin – she helped to organise two highly effective dental outreach days for the homeless and for people with addiction issues.

In May 2019 Carole was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative breast cancer, a rare type of breast cancer that affects around 10-15% of patients. Carole now aims to raise awareness of breast cancer issues, especially Triple Negative breast cancer, so she is delighted to join us for the Afternoon Tea to speak openly about her treatment, its effect on her dental and mental health, and to answer all your questions.

Join BADN on Sunday 15 August 2021 at 3pm to chat, have some fun, meet other dental nurses and raise funds for Breast Cancer Now. To register, go to

BADN Supports Calls For Mandatory Mask Wearing

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, supports the call by the British Dental Association (BDA) and other healthcare associations for mandatory facemasks, social distancing and regular handwashing by the public to remain in place in all healthcare settings, as well as the use of appropriate respiratory protection for staff in health and care settings and improvements in ventilation wherever possible.

“It is vital that a clear message from Government makes patients understand that safety precautions such as mask wearing, social distancing etc are still necessary – both for their own protection and for that of healthcare professionals” said BADN President Jacqui Elsden. “BADN also supports the Chief Dental Officers in encouraging all dental professionals to become vaccinated.”

Long-standing BADN member Dr Debbie Reed named first recipient of FGDP(UK)’s Janet Goodwin Award

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, is delighted that long-standing member Dr Debbie Reed is the first recipient of the FGDP(UK)’s Janet Goodwin Award, awarded to the Dental Care Professional (DCP) who has advanced the role of and empowered DCPs in order to educate and improve oral healthcare. 

The Award, which honours the late dental nurse Janet Goodwin, is focused on the all-round performance and skills required to become a passionate and committed advocate for DCPs, reflecting the Janet’s legacy. The Award highlights the qualities of leading by example, a commitment to lifelong learning that goes beyond statutory requirement, and a wider commitment to the dental profession.

Dr Debbie Reed is Head of the Department for Digital and Lifelong Learning at the University of Kent where she established, and remains the course director of, the Master’s degree in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare. Debbie has also been leading the development of degree and higher apprenticeships for the University, building links with employers across the UK and various industries. Academically, she has researched, written and contributed on topics such as professionalisation of occupations, credentialing and qualifications, and pedagogised careers.

Debbie has been BADN member for more than 20 years, and is a former BADN Executive Committee Chair.  In 2020 she was awarded the BADN Outstanding Contribution to Professional Practice Award.

“I am reassured that my work as an educator and my research has practical application and has provided transformational opportunities to those employed across the whole of the dental sector,” said Dr Reed. “I had the honour to know Janet Goodwin as a colleague; she also contributed to my research, which makes receiving a prize in her name so meaningful and such a poignant privilege.”

Janet Goodwin

“We are delighted that Debbie is the first recipient of this Award, which is in memory of Janet Goodwin, who was a BADN Fellow and member for more than 25 years until her untimely death from breast cancer last year,” said BADN President Jacqui Elsden. “Janet was an inspiration to dental nurses throughout the UK, and abroad and worked tirelessly to educate and empower DCPs.  It is entirely fitting that Debbie, who has done so much also to support, advance and encourage DCPs, has received this Award.”

BADN – together with the  Oral Health Foundation, of which Janet was a Past President – have set up a Memorial Fund in Janet’s name, which will support the future of dental nursing by providing students and professionals with bursaries for the development of their careers.  Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Memorial Fund may do so online at

BADN welcomes the appointment of Angie Heilmann to the GDC

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, welcomes the appointment of Angie Heilmann to the General Dental Council (GDC).

Angie Heilmann (formerly McBain) qualified as a Dental Nurse in 1989, went on to achieve the NEBDN qualification in Dental Sedation Nursing (with Distinction), for which she was awarded the Roche Prize in 2000, and worked in clinical practice until 2007 before focusing solely on dental nurse education.   

Angie has held a number of educational and tutoring positions, most recently as the Dental Workforce Development Regional Advisor for Heath Education England (East) until 2020, and is currently the Director of Dental Nurse Education at Cambridge Dental Nurse Academy, the dental nurse arm of Antwerp Dental Academy. Previously, she was part of the team that introduced Foundation Degrees in Dental Nursing at the University of Bedfordshire. 

Angie is not only a Past President of BADN, but also a former Chair, Regional Coordinator and Chair of the National Teaching Group, and was awarded the BADN Outstanding Contribution to Dental Nursing Award in 2011.

Angie was also Chair of the Local Dental Education Committee at Luton and Dunstable Hospital; and is the only dental nurse to have sat on the Council of the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD). She holds a Master’s degree in Medical Education from the University of Bedfordshire and was awarded an MBE for Services to Dental Nursing in 2012.   

“We are extremely pleased “said BADN President Jacqui Elsden “that former BADN President Angie Heilmann has been appointed a registrant council member of the GDC.  I have no doubt that Angie will bring to this role a wealth of expertise to ensure a fair and proportionate experience for dental professionals, leading to improved confidence in our profession.

“I should like, on behalf of BADN and the UK’s dental nursing profession,  to congratulate Angie on this appointment – we look forward to working with her and the rest of the GDC going forward.”

BADN partners with tida

BADN, the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, are proud to announce our partnership with tida – a training provider using the inclusive diversity approach through educational videos and workshops.

The inclusive diversity approach will help dental teams discover new ways to develop more conscious and caring attitudes that will benefit the workplace and our communities.

Through a series of online courses, they offer everyone the chance to self-develop and progress towards fairer thought patterns and actions, making positive adjustments to help create a more equal, diverse and inclusive society free from discrimination and racism.

tida offer a range of online courses (normal price £19.99 per person per course) on topics such as:

  • Human Rights · Conscious and Unconscious Bias in the Dental Practice
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Introduction to Racism – coming soon
  • Importance of Identity – coming soon
  • Empowerment and Resilience. – coming soon

You can help pave the way for change

By working to make positive changes within ourselves, we help pave the way for change in our workplaces and communities.

tida is more than just a training provider; they are a community of like-minded people on a mission to enlighten and empower people. They believe that by giving people the facts, they can take positive action for themselves and our society, helping to break down unfair treatment barriers and loss of opportunities that so many people unfairly face.

Check out the course trailers:

Human Rights

Conscious and Unconscious Bias

Workplace: Equality, diversity and inclusion


More information available in members area of the BADN website – registered dental nurses who are not yet members of their professional association can join for £35 at BADN membership gives you access not only to the tida courses, but also to the special member rate indemnity cover, the Legal Helpline, digital “British Dental Nurses’ Journal” with free CPD, the Health & Wellness Hub with counselling/support helpline and to BADN Rewards, which offers a wide range of special offers and discounts on shopping, travel, insurance, lifestyle and much more.

BADN supports BDA in call to push junk food out of sport

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, supports the recent call by the British Dental Association (BDA) for “sustained effort …… to remove the deep-rooted and pernicious influence of junk food brands across sport”.

BADN President Jacqui Elsden said “BADN welcome, and support, the call to push junk food brands out of sport. As a mother and grandmother, as well as a dental nurse, I am deeply concerned about the uncontrolled advertising of junk food that currently exists in sport. Sadly, sporting heroes actively ignore the detrimental effects that junk food plays on our children’s oral health. By glamorising and encouraging the consumption of junk food through advertising at sporting events, we are shamefully subjecting our younger generations to a lifetime of poor oral health.

“If the government is keen to take junk food off the menu in schools, then it should also ban junk food advertising in sport. BADN, the professional association for dental nurses in the UK, wholeheartedly supports the British Dental Association in their campaign.”

BADN to present Dental Nurse of the Year Award at the 2021 Dental Awards

The Dental Nurse of the Year Award at the 2021 Dental Awards, the original and most respected awards programme in UK dentistry, has gained added prestige as it will now be presented by the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN).

“We are delighted to be involved even more closely with this year’s Dental Awards,” said BADN President Jacqui Elsden, “and to present the Dental Nurse of the Year Award. Part of BADN’s mission statement is to advance the role of dental nursing through lifelong learning to the level of competently applied knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours which underpin the evolving demands of current and future oral healthcare in the UK. We shall also be presenting the Dental Nurse of the Year with one year’s free BADN membership.”

“Over the course of more than two decades, The Dental Awards has established itself as the most highly regarded awards honour in the profession,” said James Cooke, managing editor of the dental portfolio at Purple Media Solutions, including The Probe and the British Dental Nurses’ Journal. “It is with great excitement that we announce a new partnership with BADN that will see the Dental Nurse of the Year Award held in even higher esteem.

“Purple Media Solutions, which organises and hosts the Dental Awards, has a long-standing working relationship with BADN as publishing partner of the Association’s quarterly periodical, the British Dental Nurses’ Journal. We are thrilled to expand upon that partnership at the 2021 Dental Awards.”

Established in 1940, BADN is the professional organisation specifically for all dental nurses – whether student or registered – working in General Practice, Hospital, Community/Salaried Services, the Armed Forces, Industry, Management or Education. It offers members a wide range of benefits including indemnity cover at special member prices, the Journal with verifiable CPD, Legal Helpline, Health & Wellness Hub, BADN Rewards Scheme and the National Dental Nursing Conference, as well as information and advice. For more information, visit

2021 marks the 22nd edition of the Dental Awards. Over the years, this prestigious event has recognised the outstanding individuals and teams whose commitment and drive continues to raise standards throughout the UK dentistry profession.

The Dental Awards is supported by the UK’s leading dental magazine publisher, Purple Media Solutions, and is unquestionably the premier awards programme for UK dentistry.

Winning or being a finalist is a tremendous accolade and provides a massive publicity boost to the profile of your practice and your team. After all, who wouldn’t want to be treated by the Dental Nurse or the Dental Team of the Year?

For more information, call 01732 371570 or contact

A huge thank you to The Dental Awards 2021 sponsors: Colosseum Dental, Dental Elite, the Oral Health Foundation, and Water Pik.

GDC’s ARF instalment option welcomed by BADN

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, has welcomed the GDC decision to accept payment for the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) in instalments, after many years of lobbying by BADN.

Dental nurses will now be able to pay their ARF of £114 pa in four Direct Debit payments of £28.50 per quarter. To take advantage of the option in 2021, dental nurses need to log in to eGDC from early May and select the quarterly Direct Debit option no later than 31 May 2021. Further details will follow once the system has been set up.

“BADN have been lobbying the GDC for some years to allow payment by instalments, but the answer was always that this would be too costly, and additionally that it was not possible under the current legal framework” said BADN President Jacqui Elsden.

“Dental nurses are the lowest paid members of the dental team, and many work part time. Our recent salary survey1 shows that the majority earn between £10k and £20k a year, and that 54% have to pay their own ARF, so a single large payment of £114 every July was a financial burden for many dental nurses, particularly recently.

“£114 per year is still too high a fee for dental nurses, particularly given the circumstances of the last year when many dental nurses were not paid their full salaries (or even, in some cases, paid at all), but the GDC refused a request by BADN in 2020 to lower the ARF, even temporarily. We are however pleased that they have at least finally agreed to one of our proposals by allowing dental nurses to pay the ARF in instalments.

“We hope that now the GDC have acknowledged the financial burden the ARF places on dental nurses, they will give further consideration to BADN’s two other proposals: that the ARF be lowered to a more realistic figure for dental nurses, and that a lower ARF be implemented for all dental professionals, not just dental nurses, who work part time.”

BADN releases 2020 salary survey results

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, today released the results of their 2020 Salary Survey. The survey was conducted on line between October and December 2020 and the Report compares the results of this survey with those of the survey conducted in 2013.

BADN President Jacqui Elsden said “The 2020 BADN Salary Survey shows that the majority of dental nurses still earn £20kpa or less, despite working full time and having been in the profession for more than 10 years.

“From this, they are still expected to pay their own GDC registration fee (51%), CPD costs (50%) and BADN membership (91%), receive no paid time off to complete their CPD requirements (87%) and no employee benefits (83%). This is obviously why nearly one fifth (16%) have a second job – half of whom have to have a second job to meet their basic living costs.

“Worryingly, 2% are working without indemnity cover, 5% don’t know if they have cover and more than half (55%) depend upon their employer’s cover!

“The results of the 2020 BADN Salary Survey reinforce BADN’s call for dental nurses to be paid a salary which recognises their status as registered dental care professionals, their education, training and qualifications, and their invaluable role in the dental team.”

Janet Goodwin Memorial Fund lauched to support the future of dental nursing

When former Oral Health Foundation President Janet Goodwin sadly passed away in October 2020 she left behind a great legacy.  It is in recognition of this that the Oral Health Foundation have joined together with the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN) to launch the Janet Goodwin Memorial Fund.

An influential figure within oral health, Janet spent much of her career championing the importance of education and the career development of dental nurses.  It is for this reason that it seemed only fitting for a memorial fund be set up in her name to further that cause.

The Janet Goodwin Memorial Fund will support dental nursing students and registered dental nurses with bursaries for the development of their careers. For dental nursing students, this might take the form of financial help with their education, while qualified dental nurses can apply for support with post-graduate studies.

The Oral Health Foundation and BADN hopes the new series of grants can help provide much needed financial support for individuals pursuing a career in dental nursing.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, believes the fund goes straight to the heart of Janet’s work.

Dr Carter says: “I would like to think Janet would be really proud by a project like this. During her distinguished career, Janet battled hard for her profession and made fantastic strides in boosting the visibility of dental nursing amongst the profession and the public.

“Janet was a terrific ambassador for her fellow dental nurses and what better way to honour that than through a fund which will help dental nurses further their careers. By providing support for our future dental nurses, as well as current ones, this fund will help secure a stronger and brighter future for dentistry as a whole.”

Janet was used to breaking down barriers during her career and was passionate about improving the oral health of people up and down the country.

In 2015, Janet became the first dental nurse to be elected President of the Oral Health Foundation in the charity’s nearly 50-year history. She also was the first dental nurse admitted to the General Dental Council. Always looking for new challenges, Janet was also Chair of the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses – on the second dental nurse to hold that position – and later employed by the NEBDN as Qualifications Manager.

Janet was a long-time active member, and Fellow, of the British Association of Dental Nurses and was also a recipient of their ‘Outstanding Contribution to Dental Nursing Award’.

Jacqui Elsden, President of the British Association of Dental Nurses, adds: “It is without doubt that Janet will be truly missed across the Dental community. She was a wonderful advocate for our dental nursing profession, particularly for dental nurse education and oral health care.  I feel immensely proud to be part of the collaboration leading to the founding of the Fund in her memory. It will be a unique opportunity for dental nurses to begin or further their career in dental nursing and inspire a new generation.”

To find out more about the Janet Goodwin Memorial Fund and to make a donation, visit