The BADN Dental Nurse Recruitment & Retention Survey, conducted on behalf of Dr Debbie Reed RDN, former BADN Chair, Fellow of the College of General Dentistry (CGDent), and Director of Studies in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare and Course Director of the MSc in Advanced and Specialist Health in Global and Lifelong Learning  at the University of Kent, is now live.

“I am delighted to be working with BADN  – the professional body for dental nurses in the UK – on this survey” said Dr Reed “because it is essential to gain insight into the dental nurse community at this time of uncertainty, and to gather that insight taking an ethically approved, methodologically sound research approach.” 

“The aim of the study is to provide understanding, by establishing a body of knowledge about the current state of the RDN workforce within the UK from the perspective of RDNs.  As such, it is the intention to share the results of the study with the dental nurse community and associated stakeholders.  This information then can be used to inform decisions regarding the measures most appropriate when seeking to retain and encourage RDNs to continue to contribute as part of the dental workforce within the UK.  The questionnaire is anonymous, and I would urge all current and former dental nurses  to participate.”

The survey is open to all current Registered Dental Nurses, as well as those who have left the profession recently.  One of the aims of the survey is to find out why former RDNs have left the profession, and what could be done to persuade them to return.

The survey is available at



 Notes for Editors:

  1. BADN is the UK’s professional association for dental nurses. Founded in 1940, it represents the interests of dental nurses in discussions with the GDC, BDA and other professional associations, HMRC, and other relevant bodies.
  2. Membership is open to all dental nurses, working in all areas of dentistry. Full Membership is open to all Registered Dental Nurses and costs £50pa (currently reduced to £35).  Student Associate membership is open to all student dental nurses and costs £10pa.  Associate Membership is open to all retired, former and overseas dental nurses.
  3. Full Members are able to benefit from special BADN member rates on professional indemnity cover. All members have access to the members only area of the BADN website,, with information and advice; the free Legal Helpline; the Health & Wellness Hub with counselling/support helpline; the quarterly digital “British Dental Nurses’ Journal” with free CPD; special rates at the National Dental Nursing Conference and other BADN events; and BADN Rewards, which offers a wide range of special offers and discounts on shopping, insurance, lifestyle, travel and much more.
  4. Dental nurses can join their professional association at

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