Introducing a tool for Dental Nurses to observe non-technical skills (DNOT)

An aid for multi-professional feedback to newly qualified dentists

22nd May 2024


The purpose of DNOT is to enhance the protective and pro-active attitudes that reduce human fallibilities and adverse situations from occurring. The tool is intended to assist clinicians to reflect on their non-technical skills and to consider the behaviours that promote enhanced patient care, patient safety, team inclusivity and participation.

The DNOT taxonomy is aligned to the DeNTS taxonomy (Non-Technical Skills for Dentists) and is a framework for dental nurses to assess the non-technical skills of the clinicians with whom they are working. This webinar will therefore be of interest to Dental nurses, both in primary and secondary care, who are able to make valuable contributions to improving clinical performance, risk management, and enhancing patient safety. 


To discuss the purpose of using an assessment tool in a variety of learning and development environments.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, attendees should be able to:

  • Explain when to use the assessment tool.

  • Describe how the tool supports learning and development.

  • Use the assessment tool in clinical situations.


Our panellists include:

William S McLaughlin - Vice Dean for the Dental Faculty since 2023, Chair of SAB in Restorative Dentistry 2022-24, Elected Dental Council Member 2014-2023, Previous Dental Exams Deputy Convenor, and Convenor for MFDS Part 2010-16, Executive Member of Faculty of Dental Trainers, Associate Dean for Dental Core and Specialty Training in Wales, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Cardiff Dental Hospital , Private practitioner in Restorative Dentistry in Cardiff 1997 – present.

Geraldine Birks - Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers and sits on the FDT Executive Committee. She is a Postgraduate Tutor for NHS England Dental Training and Education Directorate, a General Dental Council Clinical Case Examiner and Investigating Committee Chair, a Care Quality Commission Dental Specialist Advisor and sits on the Registration Committee for the General Optical Council. Working with Faculty colleagues, she was Co-Lead responsible for writing and producing the Dental Nurse Observation Tool (DNOT). 

Julia Armstrong - Julia was awarded Fellowship from the Faculty of Dental Trainers [FDT] at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is an executive member of the FDT Executive Committee. Julia is lead tutor in Workforce, Training and Education Directorate at NHS England Yorkshire and the Humber. She is Programme Lead for the Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship at Leeds Dental School. Working with Faculty colleagues, Julia was co-lead in developing the Dental Nurse Observation Tool (DNOT).

Stephanie Carter - Stephanie is a Member of the Faculty of Dental Trainers and sits on the FDT Executive Committee. She is a Fitness to Practice panellist for the GDC and works in private practice as a Dental Hygienist and a Practice Manager. She is Course Developer for Extended Duties training for Dental Nurses with Dental Nurse Network and works as an Internal Moderator. 



1 Hour

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