International Dental Nursing partnership takes step forward

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New College Lanarkshire staff have recently returned from Mongolia after securing an international dental nursing partnership.

Jennifer Lowe, Assistant Head of Faculty for Care and Science and Hazel Scott, International Activities Manager, visited the country to engage in a series of workshops setting the foundations for the partnership – which follows the recently secured funding through the UK-China Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The BRI funding, an initiative developed by the British Council and China’s Ministry of Education, will allow the College to develop its international dental nursing programmes in China, Mongolia and the Philippines.

As well as attending workshops hosted by the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, the group developed a scope of practice, agreed professional standards and commenced work on agreeing an occupational framework to standardise dental nursing amongst all partner organisations.

Hazel said: “The visit was a great success in moving forward the partnership which will be of great benefit to our college and our international partners.

“Further developments are ongoing and will include developing an occupational framework at an advanced level and a learning and teaching resource to support training and development within the partner countries.

“This work may provide opportunities for student mobility and has already provided staff mobility which has strengthened partnerships and provided a unique opportunity to experience the different cultures which exist among the countries listed.

“I’d like to thank the partners who hosted us and look forward to providing more updates on the project soon.”

For further information, please contact Hazel Scott: Hazel.Scott@nclan.ac.uk

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