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Dental nursing apprenticeship

Job description
The purpose of this role is to provide clinical support to dentists, hygienists, therapist and patients, assist with reception or any clerical duties as required and perform such other tasks as reasonably requested by the principal.

Employment duties

  • Perform high quality dental nursing whilst assisting each dentist, hygienist or therapist in all procedures in a safe and effective manner in accordance with the ‘Code of Ethics’ of the British Association of Dental Nurses, the GDC’s ‘Scope of Practice’
  • Follow practice policies and procedures
  • Undertake CPD in line with the GDC guidelines
  • Establish, promote and maintain productive working relationships with all members of the dental team
  • Liaise with the practice manager on all matters concerning administration, pay and service conditions
  • Assist with reception duties and perform other clerical duties if required
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your work


Key tasks

  • Follow the practice procedures for infection prevention and control
  • Set-up and prepare the surgery  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 digital 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 clinician any change in medical history or problems that he/she has noted
  • Provide chair side support to the clinician 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 saved accordingly on the PC
  • 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 clinical manager and liaising with the clinicians over orders or any shortages of materials
  • Follow all dental ethical guidelines including all rules on confidentiality
  • Maintain and promote patient confidentiality in relation to patient medical history, details of treatment, financial transactions or any conversation overheard
  • Complete laboratory request forms and keep records of all items sent, received and fitted
  • Check that all necessary laboratory work is returned and ready for each session
  • Assist in all clerical and administrative duties as required by the principal
  • Report equipment failures or breakages to the clinical manager or practice manager
  • Attend practice annual training for medical emergencies and CPR
  • Identify your training and development needs and undertake appropriate training  to maintain and increase competence in nursing skills by following an agreed CPD programme to comply with the GDC requirements
  • Bring to the attention of the principal or practice manager any concerns about aspects of the practice, its performance or the performance of others in the practice
  • Attend all practice meetings when possible
  • Perform any other tasks that are reasonably requested by the principal
Entry requirements

GCSEs grades A*-C/9-4, or equivalent in English and Maths.

Skills required



Have a 'can do approach'

Must be a team player

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

Personal qualities

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

Functional Skills in English and Maths, if required

Employer description
Trust your dental care to Upton Dental, and high quality treatment is a given. But what really sets the practice apart is the fact that we combine clinical excellence with a friendly, approachable manner. We always make sure the treatment we offer is carefully tailored to you as an individual – and take care to explain what we’re doing in straightforward way. This means you’ll always know exactly what’s going on, how much it will cost, and why it’s the right choice for you. This is a dental practice with real personality, where clinical excellence is accompanied by a warm, human approach and genuine respect for everyone who crosses our threshold. The practice owner, Hennie van der Merwe, knows how important it is to take the time to understand people as well as their dental issues. His caring, patient-centred attitude runs through the entire practice. We know that most people don’t especially look forward to visiting the dentists, but we’ll go out of our way to make your time with us as pleasant as possible. We’re used to dealing with nervous patients and we take your concerns seriously, addressing them with sympathy and compassion. Our staff are good at putting people at their ease and will make your comfort a top priority. This is one of the reasons why we have so many long-standing patients!
What next?
Possibility to become a full-time employee on completion of apprenticeship.
£139 per week
Working week
Monday - Friday and one Saturday a month (4-5 days a week + 1 Sat a month)
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