It all started in the year 2009-10 with a casual discussion between us both (Thomas & Mufassil) university buddies, in the common room of the University’s Hall of Residence (London, UK), during which we realized the lack of a formal education route for an auxiliary workforce within dentistry in India. This gave birth to the idea to formulate and develop a work stream for the Indian Dental care industry to elevate the standard of dentistry in India.
The birth of this concept followed a painstaking ordeal to take the idea from inception to the implementation stage. For the next two years various discussions and consultations were undertaken with a helping hand from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Skills for Health, UK. As a result, a three-year pilot project was approved to develop and implement the concept of Dental Nursing in India.
The pilot project was funded by the UK India Educational Research Initiative (UKIERI) and commenced in 2012. It first involved identifying the best practices of Dental Nursing in the UK and then formulating the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in dental-related job roles for India. This was executed through a nationwide consultation with Dentists, Nurses, Nursing colleges & students and academicians across India and the Indian Dental Association. Alongside the NOS, the curriculum & course content and assessment criteria & framework were also developed in collaboration with New College Lanarkshire (NCL), UK and were approved by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to be rolled out by the Health Sector Skill Council (HSSC), India. The pilot ended in 2014 and a project completion report was submitted in Jan 2015.
Upon successful completion of the pilot project a project completion report was submitted in Jan 2015. As a direct result of this project, various dental vocational courses namely Dental Nursing, Dental Assistant, Dental Technician and Dental Hygienist were developed of which the latter three will be rolled out by the Government of India funded courses and delivered under the Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme – Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). Also largely influenced by this project, the partnership was able to forge strong linkages with the HSSC, NSDC, Dental practitioners and Indian education establishments in India and strengthened relations with organisations such as Scottish Development International and University of Stirling.
Brand ‘ENPAWA’ thus came into existence with the launch of its registered office in Thane, Mumbai – a location selected to establish India’s first ever Dental Nursing Institute & Research Centre and as the headquarters of ENPAWA.