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Dental education and training

One in five train with us

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

No wonder: we are part of the largest dental teaching hospital in Europe, which is a world leader in many areas of dental research.

A byword for excellence in dental education, King's College London Dental Institute comprises 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 hygienists. It also provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services.

  • Learning from different professions

    General student nurses from the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing at King's College London and from London South Bank University undertake placements with us as part of our interdisciplinary learning.

  • 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

    Fifth year dental students learn how to decontaminate instruments while on placement at the St Thomas' dental centre.

    This is vital for high quality dental work. The General Dental Council regulatory body demands it - it's required as part of the continuing professional development that dental staff must do to be allowed to work.

    Our decontamination training and facilities were described as "excellent" and "exemplary" by inspector Tina Bradley, decontamination lead at University Hospital Birmingham.


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