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Apprentice Dental Nurse The Lighthouse Dental

Provide efficient and reliable chair-side support to Practice Clinicians. The role will also require working in other areas of the practice such as reception, dealing with patient queries, answering the phone, taking payments and booking appointments.

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Closing date: 07 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £174.90

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday. Times TBC.

    Total hours per week: 33.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    10 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    08 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001721181

  • Positions

    1 available

Responsibilities:

  • Keep the cleaning areas and all equipment and instruments clean, tidy and sterile as appropriate, according to the practice's Health & Safety and infection control procedures and manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • Use all equipment and machinery in accordance with manufacture's recommendations and ensure that they are maintained regularly and in good working order.
  • Provide chair-side assistance, ensuring that the correct equipment is available.
  • Always ensure the care and welfare of patients in a friendly, helpful and courteous manner.
  • Accurately complete patients’ records as directed.
  • Observe patient confidentiality at all times. 
  • Handle all substances in accordance with Health and Safety policies
  • Be familiar and comply with all Health and Safety rules and guidance PPE, COSHH, Mercury Handling, infection control, waste disposal, etc.
  • Develop and file radiographs and change radiographic solutions as directed.
  • Complete laboratory request forms, keep records of work sent, received and fitted.
  • Ensure adequate stocks of materials and other items within the surgery.
  • Order*/ask the practice manager*/receptionist to order new supplies as required.
  • Ensure computer/written records are accurately maintained and securely stored.
  • Liaise with reception to ensure smooth patient communications and transfer of records.
  • Attend and participate in practice meetings.
  • Other duties as necessary for the efficient operation of the practice (perhaps including the duties and tasks of receptionist as required).
  • Undergo training as it may be required to develop your skills and abilities.
  • Attend refresher and update training for medical emergencies and CPR
  • Act in accordance with the practice rules and code of conduct.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Computer literate

Personal qualities

  • Punctual
  • Friendly
  • Presentable
  • Reliable
  • Good team player

Desired qualifications

GCSE (or equivalent) A*-C (4-9) in maths and English are accepted.

Functional Skills level 2 in maths and English are accepted.

A-levels (or equivalent) in maths or English grade E or above will be accepted.

Future prospects

With experience you may be able to move into jobs like team manager, team leader or dental practice manager.

With further training you could become a dental therapist, helping a dentist carry out the more routine dentistry work. You could also become a dental hygienist, helping people to look after their teeth and gums.

You might decide to train as an orthodontic therapist helping dentists to improve the look and position of a patient's teeth.

Health Careers has information on careers in all areas of the dental team.

Things to consider

The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS check and complete a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations.

During the course all students are observed regularly in the workplace undertaking clinical duties and ensuring they are following safe working practice.


About the employer

Mainly Private Dental Practice in central Ipswich is looking to recruit an apprentice dental nurse/ receptionist. Commencement of work can be negotiated individually depending on personal circumstances and commitments, such as GCSE (or equivalent) or A-Level examinations. 

The position would involve working within a dental practice team and assisting the dentist with their duties whilst treating patients.  You will receive ongoing support, development and training to equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a successful dental nursing career.

Employer

The Lighthouse Dental

Address

34

High Street

Ipswich

IP1 3QJ

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Training

Training provider

TEMP DENT DENTAL AGENCY LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Tempdent

Contact

Dan Swann daniel.swann@tempdent.co.uk

Training to be provided:

  • Advanced (Level 3) Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Standard
  • All underpinning knowledge towards the Apprenticeship Standard
  • Diploma in Dental Nursing

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)


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