Dentistry - elearning for healthcare
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  • Faculty of Dental Surgery

About the Dentistry programme

e-Den is an engaging and interactive learning resource delivered through a partnership between the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Health Education England elearning for healthcare.

The e-Den curriculum is designed to realise a competent, caring, reflective practitioner, able to develop their career in any branch of dentistry. It also supports the continual professional development (CPD) for dental care professionals and experienced dentists.

Sessions have been written by subject specialists and are typically 20 minutes long. Users can dip in and out of the sessions as they wish.

The aim is to provide an engaging and interactive learning resource that is compatible with a busy professional life.

More information

The curriculum is primarily based on the UK Dental Foundation Training Programme but also takes into account the educational needs of DCPs and more experienced practitioners.

The materials have been designed to be used on any internet enabled device either at home, in the workplace or on the move.

One of the exciting features of these materials is the incorporation of high resolution images and video clips which enrich the learning experience and increase visual accessibility.

The elearning materials have been split into 13 modules covering broad subject areas. As a learner you can plan and record your learning and work through any module that is relevant to your training needs, in any order you choose.

Project structure

You can find out more about each module by selecting the modules below.

  • Module 1

    Patient Assessment
  • Module 2

    Human Diseases and Medical and Dental Emergencies
  • Module 3

    Anxiety and Pain Control in Dentistry
  • Module 4

    Periodontal Disease and Management
  • Module 5

    Hard and Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Module 6

    Surgical and Non-Surgical Management of Head and Neck Disease
  • Module 7

    Management of the Developing Dentition
  • Module 8

    Restoration of Teeth
  • Module 9

    Replacement of Teeth
  • Module 10

  • Module 11

  • Module 12

    Management and Leadership
  • Module 13

    Environmental Sustainability in Dentistry

Sample sessions

Below are two sessions from e-Den, which like all e-Den sessions, have been written by subject specialists. They demonstrate how the elearning works, how multimedia features like animation are used to support the learning and how learners can assess their knowledge.

  • Environmental sustainability in dentistry

    This session prepares dental care professionals and support staff in primary and secondary care to implement changes in practice that reduce cost and pollution while improving dental health.

  • Anatomy Relevant to in Dental Practice

    This session covers the aspects of basic anatomy that are relevant to conscious sedation.

Executive group

  • Professor St John Crean

    Professor St John Crean

    e-Den Clinical Lead
  • Derrick Willmot

    Derrick Willmot

    Project Champion
  • David Johns

    David Johns CBE

    Patient Representative
  • Fatima Bulbulia

    Fatima Bulbulia

    e-Den Project Lead, Head of Education, FDS RCS Eng.
  • Mike Wheeler

    Mike Wheeler

    DCP Lead
  • Esma Dogramaci

    Esma Dogramaci

    Trainee Representative
  • Jane Luker

    Jane Luker

    UK Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors
  • Charlotte Devereaux

    Charlotte Devereaux

    Programme Manager – Technology Enhanced Learning NHS England
  • Syed Abbas

    Syed Abbas

    Senior Project Manager - Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England

Project team

  • Professor St John Crean

    Professor St John Crean

    e-Den Clinical Lead
  • Fatima Bulbulia

    Fatima Bulbulia

    e-Den Project Lead, Head of Education, FDS RCS Eng.
  • Charlotte Devereaux

    Charlotte Devereaux

    Programme Manager – Technology Enhanced Learning NHS England
  • Syed Abbas

    Syed Abbas

    Senior Project Manager - Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Runam Prasad

    Runam Prasad

    Lead Learning Designer, Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England

How to access

In order to access the Dentistry programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Dentistry programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Dentistry programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Dentistry programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.
You can check whether or not you qualify for free access by clicking on the ‘Register’ button above.

For more information on the licensing options available for the Dentistry programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

More information

Please select the following link for more information on how to use the elfh Hub.

Dental Foundation trainees

Access to e-Den has already been granted to Dental Foundation trainees, trainers and Deanery staff belonging to one of the Dental Deaneries below:

  • Health Education London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
  • Health Education Thames Valley and Wessex
  • Health Education Midlands and East
  • NHS Education for Scotland
  • Defence Dean
  • Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency
  • Health Education England South West
  • Health Education England North East and North Cumbria
  • Health Education Yorkshire and Humber
  • Health Education North West
  • Health Education and Improvement Wales

If you are affiliated with the Dental Foundation Programme or with one of these Deaneries, you should by now have received your username and password by email. If you have not received this yet, please contact your deanery in the first instance.

elearning resources

Curriculum guide

The e-Den Curriculum Guide outlines the content of the twelve modules that make up e-Den and lists the elearning sessions that are live on the system. This guide can be stored offline or printed, and provides a quick-access summary of all that e-Den has to offer. The curriculum guide will be updated on a regular basis as the project evolves and progresses.

Curriculum guide >

GDC enhanced CPD

All registrants on the General Dental Council register are required to complete verifiable CPD which complies with the GDC Enhanced CPD Scheme.

All e-Den modules count as verifiable CPD for the enhanced CPD scheme by the General Dental Council (GDC).

Once you have completed the e-DEN module, you must first generate a course completion certificate from the elfh hub (help article). Following this you must complete the relevant enhanced CPD form for each module, referring to the course completion certificate. Both the relevant course enhanced CPD form and the accompanying elfh hub course completion certificate should be kept as evidence in your records to demonstrate you have completed verifiable CPD, should the GDC request it.

You can download the relevant module Enhanced CPD forms below:

Enhanced CPD forms >

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