Dental Nurse Apprentice Dentistry At 388

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.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    27 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    01 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available


  • 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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills


  • Good organisational skills
  • Good timekeeping
  • 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.

Personal qualities

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 (or equivalent) in English, Maths, and ICT (or Science) grade C or above.

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.

Things to consider

The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

At 388 We Listen To What Our Patients Want And We Work With Them To Help Achieve Their Expectations. We Help To Improve And Maintain Their Oral Health, Function, And Appearance. Our Team Are Helpful, Caring, Friendly And Approachable. We Strive To Provide As Relaxing An Experience As Possible”


Dentistry At 388



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Training provider

Full on-the-job training to be provided and one day a week college attendance for underpinning knowledge.

Candidate will work towards a full Dental Nursing Level 3 apprenticeship NVQ, Technical Certificate, and Functional Skills.

Apprenticeship standard

Dental health > Dental Nurse

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Uxbridge College

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 20 Oct 2017