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Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing at Dentrain Professionals Ltd

Course description

Apprentice Dental Nurse

GCSE’s A-C in English and Maths desirable.

No experience necessary.


• Kind• Hardworking• Passionate about working with a range of people• Personally presented well and eager to learn individually and part of a team.

Hours - 5 days a week.National Minimum Wage for an apprentice: £3.30 per hour.

As a Dental Nurse apprentice, you will be:

• Assisting dentists and patients• Calling patients in• Patient cards• Sterilisation• Instrument decontamination• Reception cover including phone callsSkills Required• Good communication skills• Good work ethic• Flexible approach• Organisational skills• Maintain high standard of work at all times• Ability to work well as part of a team as well as individually• Ability to use own initiative• A willingness to learn new tasks and to work flexibly


• 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 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.

A dental nurse supports the dentist in all aspects of patient care, this includes getting the appropriate instruments ready, mixing materials and ensuring patient comfort. They will also take notes from dentists dictation for records and once the patient has left, the dental nurse tidies the surgery and sterilises all of the instruments.

Dental nurses can be employed in general practice, hospitals or the community dental services and can also train as a dental nurse in the armed forces.

Interviews will be held initially in Bolton.

Course content

You will be assigned an assessor whom you can contact via phone & email 7 days a week 9am – 9pm in case you get stuck or need further clarification on a subject.

Our assessors are there for the student benefit but will not put students under any pressure.

The course is the same as that of an evening college. You are expected to attend each training day as specified. Your assessor will also visit you in practice to observe & assist you complete your portfolio. If you get stuck or don’t understand anything then you ring your assessor or ask in class.

You will complete assessments at the end of each module which you hand in to your assessor at regular intervals so she can feedback to you on any revision needed. Other assessments are set each visit to provide evidence for the portfolio.

The theory is set out in a module file & other training materials are provided.

The practical side of the course is carried out at work, and you complete a Portfolio towards your exam.

Your assessor will come to your place of work & observe certain procedures you carry out. She will also guide you through the relevant theory work.

Entry requirements

GCSE’s A-C in English and Maths desirable.


You will be required to attend an assessment at our training centre in Bolton; this will enable us to see if you are suitable for an apprenticeship in dental nursing.


Financial information

The apprenticeship is fully funded.

Future opportunities

Dentistry is in constant evolution. You will have to keep following courses during your whole career.

Some courses are mandatory; some will be paid for by your employer. All of them will advance your skills and knowledge.

Courses can entail how to handle safely new materials or equipment; how to assist with new (maybe only to you) procedures like implants.

Courses that will provide insight in human communication are very important, both to improve the relation with patients as well as in the team.

Annually repeated courses are about health and safety; how to act in an emergency; to remind or update you about certain procedures.

Dental Nurses often combine the job with being a receptionist. This requires additional, valued, skills. Courses like

Communication Skills, Dental Practice Administration etc. will help you growing towards taking on new responsibilities.

Some Dental Nurses have become Dentists themselves. Others study to become Dental Hygienists and some go into management and become Dental Practice Managers. Working at an agency recruiting and sending out dental nurses

Is just one more possible future job opportunity. In that environment one can also become a teacher for (future) dental nurses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dentrain Professionals Ltd directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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