Dental Nurse Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Victoria Road Dentists (Employer)

Exeter College (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £153.55
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday 37 Hours Per Week
18 months (duration)
22 March 2021(start date)
Dental nurse (apprenticeship standard)
8 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

We are looking for an apprentice Dental Nurse to join our lovely small friendly team. Alongside general dental treatments we provide a wide range of other services.


To assist in the delivery of dental care to patients (both clinical and non-clinical) providing proactive support and assistance to the designated clinicians/hygienist.

Initially, you will be supervised by our experienced team of nurses. Once proficient and you are able to work alongside the clinicians/hygienists without being supervised by another member of the dental nursing team you will work chairside independently.

Key responsibilities:

Assist the dentist/hygienist in all clinical procedures, providing chair-side assistance.

To include:

  • Maintain impeccable standards of hygiene and cross-infection control, according to the latest guidelines and following practice procedures and policy
  • Prepare instrument trays for procedures
  • Take clinical photographs (etc) when requested and store according to practice policy
  • At the end of the surgical day ensure the surgery management is adhered to in line with practice procedures and policy
  • Advise the Lead Nurse/Treatment Co-ordinator of any faulty or poorly functioning equipment so that prompt action can be taken to remedy any defects/problems and ensure service and maintenance at the required frequency
  • Ensure that all the relevant paperwork is completed promptly and accurately and that all client records are updated and maintained according to practice procedures
  • Maintain registration and comply with all GDC requirements
  • Assist in managing the appointment book for all dentists/hygienists ensuring that the daily production targets can be met and the booking system is followed and to ensure no delays for patients or clinicians
  • Build trusting and caring relationships with all patients and take all reasonable steps to ensure their comfort and retain them as a client
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times
  • Monitor stock levels for materials and sundries and order/liaise with the Financial Director and Clinical Director on ordering
  • Coordinate (as required) with the laboratory and reception on the timely dispatch and receipt of work
  • Assist the clinical and reception teams in gaining acceptance for treatment plans from clients and support the practice in gaining testimonials and referrals from clients
  • Proactively and positively contribute to practice meetings
  • Assist in manning the reception/patient lounge (as the business necessitates) providing a customer-focused and seamless patient journey according to the practice’s brand standards that assists in recruiting and retaining patients
  • Is willing to answer the telephone if the receptionists are busy with patients
  • Will operate the decontamination room in accordance with practice procedures

Future Prospects

To continue in employment as a Dental Nurse if applicable

Reality Check

The Working hours are 8.45 -5.15 Mon- Thur - 1 hr lunch and then 8.45 -.3.45 Fridays - 30 min paid lunch

Skills Required

  • Genuine interest in working in Dental Nursing
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels 
  • Organised

Qualities Required

  • Caring
  • Conscientious
  • Discreet
  • Respectful
  • Personable
  • Team player
  • Willingness to participate in Vocational Training Programmes

Qualifications Required

GCSE maths and English grades 4 or above (A-C) or equivalent.

Training Provided

Dental Nurse Level 3

Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing This is the competency qualification that will be assessed in your workplace.

Functional Skills, Level 2 Communication and Application of Number (unless exempt)

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