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Apprentice Dental Nurse Mercian House Dental Practice

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an apprentice dental nurse to join our friendly team who offer NHS and private dental treatment. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate.

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Closing date: 22 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, and Thursday - 0900 to 1800. Hours to be discussed at interview.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    25 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    04 Jan 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The role of an Apprentice Dental Nurse encompasses:

Preparing and maintaining the dental equipment, instruments and materials within a dental surgery

  • Carrying out infection control and decontamination procedures
  • Recording dental charting carried out by clinicians
  • Preparing, mixing and handling dental materials
  • Providing chair-side support to dentists, therapists and hygienists throughout a range of dental procedures
  • Providing support and reassurance to patients
  • Providing administration support in making appointments, taking payments and dealing with paperwork
  • An experienced dental nurse will use his/her knowledge of dentistry to anticipate what is needed during treatment sessions, a skill that is highly valued by the clinician.

On completion of your probation period with the employer, you will be enrolled onto the college course and will gain a professional certificate - Diploma in Dental Nursing at Level 3 which will enable you to register with the GDC as a dental care professional.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

We expect a friendly, responsible attitude and positive approach to people. The dental nurse must be well presented and show a willingness to study. You must be team player with good written and verbal communication skills, excellent organisational skills and good manual dexterity. This role will require you to travel to other practices to cover, therefore you need to be able to adapt to new situations and work well using your own initiative.

Personal qualities

Apprentices must maintain a high level of personal hygiene presenting a clean, neat, tidy, smart, safe and practical appearance at work. Apprentices attending training should not be wearing work uniform. Work uniform must not be worn entering or leaving the Practice. Footwear should be of a nature that protects the apprentice, flat closed toe shoes (not fabric).

Work tunics/scrubs should be presentable and clean every day.  Jewellery worn must be consistent with health and safety and professional standards and must not obstruct or prevent an apprentice carrying out their duties. Small stud earrings and a wedding band are the only acceptable forms of jewellery.

Nails should be short and free of polish, false nails, including but not limited to, shellac, acrylic and gel will not be tolerated.

Hair must be kept clean and tied back, hairpieces are not tolerated.

 Eyelashes must be natural, false eyelashes are not permitted.

Make up should be kept to a minimum to maintain a professional image.

Desired qualifications

To be accepted onto the apprenticeship, you must hold GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent Functional Skills at Level 2) in both Maths and English.

Future prospects

There are a wide range of opportunities available to enable registered dental nurses to extend their clinical duties and develop their knowledge and skills within particular areas of interest, for example:

  • Dental radiography
  • Oral health education
  • Sedation dental nursing
  • Orthodontic dental nursing
  • Special care dental nursing
  • Oral surgery dental nursing
  • Taking dental impressions
  • The application of topical fluoride

Dental nurses may also progress onto university to become a dental hygienist/therapist. 

Things to consider

To work in the dental industry you will be required to undertake Hepatitis B vaccinations and a clear DBS check. 

About the employer

Our multi-disciplinary team are not only friendly and caring but are also highly qualified health care professionals who maintain exceptional clinical standards. Our services range from routine examinations and oral cancer screening to cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening and Invisalign teeth straightening.

Reasons to choose Mercian House Dental Practice

  • We offer the highest quality of dental care
  • We screen all our adult patients for signs of mouth cancer using a specialist screening device called Velscope
  • We offer the UK’s leading payment plan – Denplan
  • Our practice is fully computerised, and has state of the art digital x-ray equipment, aimed at diagnosing problems earlier than ever before
  • We provide a full range of treatments for all patients, including cosmetic dentistry such as Teeth Whitening and Invisalign teeth straightening
  • For our more nervous patients, we also offer Intravenous Sedation
  • We are constantly investing in our dental care professionals and are proud to say we have a very friendly, highly qualified nursing team
  • We honour the dignity and value every patient who chooses our practice
  • We endeavour to help each patient achieve the best oral health possible and offer the best preventative advice
  • We are a member of the BDA Good Practice Scheme
  • We are registered with the General Dental Council and the Care Quality Commission


Mercian House Dental Practice


16 York Street


DY13 9EE

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Sandwell College


Ruth Richardson

  • Level 3 Dental nurse apprenticeship standard

College lessons are delivered by Sandwell College in the workplace/online.

You will be trained in the City and Guilds Level 3 Dental Nurse apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Emergency first aid in the workplace qualification at Level 3
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

Completion of this qualification will enable candidates to register with the GDC as a qualified dental nurse. The practice also offers a full in-house training programme to cover the practical aspect of the job role.

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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