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Dental nurse apprenticeship

Job description
As a Dental Nurse Apprentice you will be assisting with all clinical aspects within the surgery and providing patients with a high level of care so you need to be unflappable under pressure and able to put people at ease.

Job Description:

Our dental nurses assist the dentist with all clinical aspects within the treatment rooms. They adopt proficient surgery procedures, ensuring the best utilisation of surgery time and provide excellent patient care, maintain cross infection control, equipment and materials. Adhering to at all times systems and protocols in line with company strategy, goals and values.



Provide support to dentists and other team members.

Encourage effective teamwork.

Report all issues of importance to the appropriate people.

Liaise closely with reception to ensure maximum efficiency within surgery.

Work closely with dentist in a professional and appropriate manner.

Carry out reception and administrative tasks where required.

Customer Service:

Greet and care for all patients within your care in a polite and courteous manner at

all times.

Always be aware of patient confidentiality and data (health history) protection.

Inform reception of any reason to delay next appointment.

Ensure patients receive all necessary paperwork and that all forms are signed and

dated correctly.

Be fully conversant with all emergency & evacuation procedures.

Promote a professional image of the company at all times.

The dental nurse/attendant must remain in surgery, ensuring that dentists are

chaperoned at all times when treating a patient.


Assist patient into surgery, settle them in the chair and prepare them for treatment.

Provide patient with personal protective equipment.

Produce instruments and materials as necessary during treatment.

Provide chair-side assistance during all dental procedures.

Ensure all lab work is checked and available prior to patients arrival.

Take extra oral photographs as part of each appointment.

Maintain a clean environment during surgery.

Cleaning and sterilising all instruments after each patient, adhering to the company

policy on cross infection.

Ensure all clinical waste is disposed off in the appropriate manner compliant with

current medical regulations.

Escort the patient from the surgery to the reception team & lounge areas.

Ensure all equipment is maintained as per manufacturers instructions and are

cleaned appropriately.

Ensure use of checklists provided which clearly outlines a schedule of daily and weekly tasks.

Switch equipment on in the morning and ensure it is switched off again at the end of

each working session.

Ensure that adequate stocks of expendable drugs, materials and instruments are available.

Ensure that all repairs are reported promptly to the Practice Manager.

Business Focus:

Be aware of the company business strategy; provide optimum use of all surgery time.

Maintain equipment and adopt efficient use of materials.


Ensure lounge and reception areas, corridors, stairs and immediate external areas are kept tidy and free of hazards in line with Health & Safety requirements.

Always be vigilant and always report any problem or concerns to the practice manager immediately.



Entry requirements

Maths and English GCSE A*-C or equivalent

Skills required

None specified

Personal qualities

Really keen candidates with an interest in Dental Nursing as a career. Must really want to do dental nursing



Have a 'can do approach'

Must be a team player

Must have an outgoing personality as you will be interacting with patients

Willing to learn and take on new challenges

A quick learner who is willing to take things on board

Qualifications taken

Level 3 qualification in Dental Nursing

Maths and English Functional Skills if required


Employer description

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an apprentice to join a dental practice, based in Harrogate. We are a very busy dental practice with a great team of dedicated dental professionals all striving to deliver excellent patient care.  This practice offers a lot of support and incentives for Employees across the board. Really good prospects for advanced training and also for the higher rate of pay once qualified. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.

What next?
Possibility to become a full time employee on completion of apprenticeship.
The Harrogate Dental and Implant Clinic
£222 per week
Working week
Monday to Friday
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