BADN appoints Jacqui Elsden its new president
THORNTON-CLEVELEYS, UK: The UK’s professional association for dental nurses, the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), has recently announced Jacqui Elsden as its new president for 2019–2021. The inauguration took place at the opening ceremony of the National Dental Nursing Conference in Oxford on 1 November.
Elsden qualified at the then King’s College Hospital Dental School in 1983 as a dental nurse, obtaining both the Hospital Qualification in Dental Nursing and the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) National Certificate, and continued as a senior dental nurse at the school until 1984. After that, Elsden continued to work in general practice until 2004.
Since 2004, Elsden has been employed by Health Education England for the London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex region (HEE LKSS). During this period, she obtained awards in vocational assessment, internal quality assurance, and teaching and mentoring, together with certificates in practice appraisal and radiography. Elsden has been an NEBDN examiner and was chair of NEBDN’s quality assurance committee in 2012–2017. Currently, Elsden is part of the reader panel for the digital journal BDJ Team and a professional advisor for the General Dental Council’s (GDC’s) Registration Appeals Committee.
Elsden has presented both nationally and internationally and has been published in the dental press. More recently, Elsden obtained an MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare with distinction from the University of Kent and was awarded the annual dissertation prize for the highest achievement.
Elsden continues her work with HEE LKSS as its regional dental care professional lead for dental nurses. Her role is to commission post-registration courses and hands-on training for dental nurses registered with the GDC. She also undertakes practice development visits to NHS primary care dental practices in order to facilitate the continuous improvement of the NHS workforce.