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Essential membership

Giving you professional support to face dentistry’s challenges and the peace of mind that comes with trade union membership.

High quality professional development

  • Over 166 hours of verifiable CPD per year

  • Access to the BDJ portfolio and Europe’s largest dental library

  • Earn, track and record CPD online using our CPD hub

  • Generous discounts on books, events and training.

Expert advice

  • ​Associate contract checking (worth £1000 on the high street).

  • Our expert online advice on everything from employment law to preparing for inspections

  • Access to a 24/7 support service and counselling when you, your spouse or a dependant need it

  • Mediation for associateship disputes between members

  • Salaried members also receive employment relations advice via phone or email.

The support of your trade union

Entry to your local and national network of peers and events

Access to indemnity, for dentists exclusively employed in hospital/community/university and armed forces.




For £41.46 per month

Join Essential


For membership queries or to join over the phone please call: 020 7563 4550


We may record telephone conversations to offer you additional security, resolve complaints, for regulatory compliance and to improve our service standards. Conversations may also be monitored for staff training purposes. You will be alerted to this when you call.