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State-of-the-art dental education centre opens in Bradford

BRADFORD, UK: A £500,000 sophisticated education and training facility designed to enhance and further the skills and knowledge of dental health care staff has just been completed at Bradford College. Offering training and continuing professional development courses for dental professionals on topics such as fluoride application, oral cancer awareness and impression taking, the Northern Dental Education Centre (NORDEC) will also provide apprenticeships for those seeking employment in the dental industry.

The high-spec facility is a joint enterprise between Bradford College and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is housed in the college’s £10 million Advanced Technology Centre on Randall Well Street in the city centre. The facilities include a classroom set up like a dental surgery, a room filled with phantom heads and realistic open-mouthed manikins that offer the opportunity to practise in close to real-life conditions. It also has a decontamination suite and space for lectures, conferences and workshops.

Andy Welsh, CEO of the Bradford College Group, said: “We are delighted to be working with the LEP in establishing a dental training base in Bradford that will deliver high-quality training to the dental profession. NORDEC is dedicated to the task of training healthcare professionals, driving clinical standards and improving clinical leadership through opportunities for continuous personal and professional development.”

Susan Hinchcliffe, head of the LEP and leader of Bradford Council, praised the completion of facilities and expressed her confidence that the new centre would provide a fantastic boost to the dental industry nationwide.

The centre will be opened this month by MP Judith Cummins and attended by key figures from the dental industry, and education, politics and health departments. Apprentice dental nurses will be among the first to benefit from the new facilities.

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