Harrow Smiles

Dental Nurse Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Harrow Smiles (Employer)

Harrow and Uxbridge College (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £175.00
35.0 hours per week Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 16:00.
24 months (duration)
17 September 2021(start date)
Dental nurse (apprenticeship standard)
10 September 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to train for a career as a Dental Nurse. Apprentices will be employed by a CQC registered Dental Practice who will support their learning on the job as well as gain an industry recognised qualification. The practice is based in Harrow and is a family run practice. We provide a mix of NHS and Private work.


Responsibilities will include:


  • Set-up and prepare the surgery for the type of patient and treatment planned before the start of each session
  • Clean and sterilise all instruments/equipment and working surfaces to the required standards at the end of each session
  • Prepare the necessary materials and instruments
  • Ensure safe disposal of sharps and clinical waste
  • Process, dental radiographs and assist in the correct procedure for dental radiography either via the computer or processing unit
  • Maintain and clean radiograph processing unit
  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships with all members of the dental team
  • Escort patients from the waiting room to the surgery, confirming the medical history is up-to-date and warning the dentist of any problems that he/she has noted
  • Monitor and maintain stocks within dental surgery as necessary, informing the Practice Manager/Principal Dentist and liaising with them over necessary orders and warning of any shortages of materials in the stock cupboard.
  • Perform chaperoning duties for dentists when treating patients
  • Follow all practice policies and procedures
  • Obey all dental ethical guidelines including all rules on confidentiality
  • Report equipment failures or breakages to the Practice Manager/Principal Dentist
  • Continually interpret the needs of patients and dentists and deal with them promptly and efficiently


  • To meet and greet clients in a friendly and efficient manner
  • To update patient medical forms
  • To ensure the correct NHS forms have been signed
  • To ensure the correct Private forms have been signed and updated
  • To book appointments on the computer or appointment book for clients either face to face to by telephone
  • To work and learn skills of a dental receptionist.
  • To liaise with the Practice Manager/Principal Dentist on all matters concerning administration, pay and service conditions
  • To take reasonable care for her/his own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by her/his acts or omissions at work
  • Assist the dentist in the completion of patient records
  • Ensure that all necessary laboratory work is returned and ready for each session
  • Assist in all clerical and administrative duties as required by the Practice Manager/Principal Dentist 
  • Identify your training and development needs and undertake appropriate training as required and agreed with the Practice Manager/Principal Dentist
  • Perform any other tasks that are reasonably requested by the Principal Dentist
  • To positively promote services available at the clinic in order to improve sales

Future Prospects

Once qualified the individual will be able to register with the General Dental Council and join the Association of British Dental Nurses.

This allows individuals to work legally in this sector and opens up other pathways for future progression e.g. Senior Dental Nurse, Hygienist, Therapist, Practice Manager.

Skills Required


  • Good organisational skills
  • Good timekeeping skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Experience of ICT packages
  • Must have a good standard of spoken and written English


  • Experience of dealing with the public in a care environment

Qualities Required

  • Well presented, clean, and tidy (no facial piercings or visible tattoos)
  • Polite and courteous manner
  • You should be committed to this being a long-term career aspiration

Qualifications Required

GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English.

Training Provided

Level 3 Dental Nurse apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Skills, Knowledge, and Behaviours

Every Tuesday, 09:30 - 16:30. Lunch break 13:00 - 14:00 not paid for.

1-week face to face learning in college followed by 2 weeks of online/remote learning, the latter taking place either at the apprentices’ workplace or home, as agreed with employer.

There are no lessons over half-terms and breaks however, apprentices must agree with their employer the location for the remote study (workplace or apprentice’s home) or agree to take annual leave.

Our Account Manager, industry-trained assessor, and Learning Advocate support apprentices to deliver our high-quality training programmes.

Other training will be provided by the employer as required to enable the fulfilment of the job role.

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