A Bedford dental nurse is leading the way in her field by taking office in a national association.
Jane Dalgarno, who works as clinical workforce development manager for the Community Dental Services (CIC), has become president of the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN).
She took up the role during an inauguration ceremony held at the NEC, Birmingham.
Jane, who holds a BSc (Hons) in Primary Dental Care and is working towards an MSc in Applied Dental Professional Practice, started her career in 1986 on a youth training programme, passing the National Certificate in 1993 and gaining further qualifications since.
She teaches on the Oral Health Education Certificate and Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing courses, is an examiner for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses for the National Diploma and for the Certificates in Oral Health Education and Dental Sedation Nursing Awards.
Jane is also programme director for the Foundation Degree in Advanced Dental Nursing for Health Education Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
Jane joined the Bedfordshire Community Dental Services in 1995 and the service later became the Personal Dental Services, and is now Community Dental Services, a social enterprise formed in 2011.
In her inaugural speech, Jane said: “I am a practicing dental nurse committed to raising the professional voice of the dental nurse in the national arena and seeking appropriate support for dental nurses in the workplace.”
She is also a member of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and of the Society for Education and Training, and sits on the Local Dental Education Committee in Bedfordshire, as well as the NEBDN Sedation Committee. She was previously the Seconded Member for Education to BADN Council, and BADN regional co-ordinator for London and the South East.