Apprentice Dental Nurse

Horizon Dental Clinic
58, Beaconsfield Street, Blyth, NE24 2DS
£180.00 per week
05 Mar 2021
06 May 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
Duties to include:
  • Follow the practice procedures for infection prevention and control
  • Set-up and prepare the treatment room appropriately for each patient
  • Prepare the necessary materials and instruments, making sure that equipment and instruments are in good working order and maintained regularly in accordance with practice policy
  • Segregate waste in accordance with the practice procedures and ensure its safe disposal
  • Assist in taking radiographs according to your level of training
  • Process, mount and file dental radiographs
  • Maintain and decontaminate equipment in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and your training
  • Liaise with reception over appointments for each patient
  • Escort patients from the waiting room to the surgery, confirm the patient's medical history is up-to-date and communicate to the dentist [hygienist/therapist] any change in medical history or problems that he/she has noted
  • Provide chair side support to the dentist [hygienist/therapist] during treatment
  • Prepare dental materials as required
  • Monitor, support and reassure patients
  • Assist in the keeping of full and accurate patient records and ensure that they are regularly updated and stored securely
  • Support the patient and colleagues if there is an emergency
  • Provide appropriate advice to patients
  • Monitor and maintain stock within the practice as necessary, informing the practice manager and liaising with the dentists [hygienists/therapists] over orders or any shortages of materials
  • Perform chaperoning duties for dentists [hygienists/therapists] when treating patients

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task

Personal qualities

  • Smart professional appearance
  • Compassionate
  • Strong work ethic
  • Reliable

Desired qualifications

Eligible candidates should have GCSE at grades C/4 or above in English and maths (or equivalent).

Future prospects

To be discussed on completion of qualification. Lots of dental nurses progress their careers as Dental Hygienists or Dental Therapists.

Things to consider

This vacancy is to start immediately therefore you must be available to start before applying. The closing date, interview date and start dates are all subject to change.

This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment.

Individuals are able to undertake an apprenticeship at a higher level than the qualification they already hold, including any previously completed apprenticeships. Individuals can also undertake an apprenticeship at the same level, or a lower level as long as the new apprenticeship allows for new skills to be acquired and the content of the training is materially different from any previous qualification or apprenticeship. For example, if you already have a Level 4 qualification you still may be able to complete an apprenticeship at a preceding level providing you meet the eligibility criteria and are learning substantive new skills. Please note; if your application has been progressed to the next stage, you will be contacted by a member of the recruitment team to complete a telephone interview so please expect to receive a call from us.This is a mandatory part of the recruitment process with Northern Skills Group.

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):