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Dental Nurse Apprentice Forest Road Dental Practice

A fantastic opportunity is available to work and train towards becoming a fully qualified Dental Nurse at Forest Road Dental based in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

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Closing date: 17 Dec 2021

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, Wednesday, Thursday - 7.15am - 4.15pm Tuesday - Study day/college (6 hours) and Friday - 7.15am - 1pm

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    02 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Forest Road Dental Practice are delighted to announce we have a vacancy for a new Dental Nurse Apprentice at our surgery. The ideal candidate must be ever the professional in their approach to work, enthusiastic, a good team player, have the ability to work on their own initiative, good telephone manner and exceptional communication skills and be able to work under pressure in a busy private dental practice.

The successful applicant will be working towards gaining a Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification. This will be achieved by completing all aspects of the Oral Health Advanced Apprenticeship Programme.

The Apprentice Dental Nurse role will require you to support your colleagues in providing an excellent service to all of our patients.

Your duties would typically include the following:

  • Providing chairside assistance to the Dentist/Hygienist in all their dental procedures in a safe and effective manner
  • To ensure that all cross-infection procedures are carried out in all work undertaken by the practice and to immediately report any breach of such controls or any example of bad practice
  • To assist with reception or any clerical duties as required
  • To take care for his/her own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at work
  • Keeping the clinical areas and all equipment and instruments clean, tidy and sterile as appropriate according to the practice’s health and safety and infection control procedures and manufacturers' instructions
  • Using all equipment and machinery in accordance with manufacturers' recommendations and ensure that they are maintained regularly and in good working order
  • Ensure the care and welfare of patients
  • Accurately complete patient clinical records as directed
  • Handle all substances in accordance with health and safety policies
  • Complete laboratory request forms, keep records of work sent, received and fitted
  • Ensure adequate stocks of materials and other items within the surgery
  • 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 
  • Undergo training as may be required to develop skills and abilities
  • Act in accordance with the practice rules and code of conduct

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • We are seeking a person with excellent communication skills, who has the ability to adapt to meet the needs of the patients in surgery
  • You will also need to be IT literate

Personal qualities

The successful candidate will need to be:

  • Reliable
  • Punctual
  • Well presented
  • Have the ability to adapt to situations as they arise
  • You will need to have energy, enthusiasm and the willingness to learn new skills and complete the apprenticeship course to become a qualified Dental Nurse 

Desired qualifications

English and maths GCSE grade C or 4 and above or equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications are a mandatory requirement for this role.

Future prospects

Most employers working with Leicester College are keen to offer permanent employment to a reliable, hardworking individual based on their performance throughout their apprenticeship.

Things to consider

The practice is busy and you will be exposed to the sight of blood.

The successful candidate will be expected to work hard towards gaining their formal qualifications.

The successful candidate will be required to have a Hep B vaccination and a DBS check. 

Attendance on the dental nursing course at Leicester College is a mandatory requirement for this position. You will be given time off during your working week to complete some theory aspects of the advanced apprenticeship programme.      

Interview, closing date and possible start dates are only a guideline as interviews for this position will be held on an ongoing basis, therefore the start date could alter as the vacancy will close as soon as a successful candidate is selected.

Applications will only be accepted through the apprenticeship online system not directly through the employer.

About the employer

We are a long established Practice situated in Loughborough with our own on site car park. We strive at all times to create an exceptional experience for our patients. You can expect a warm friendly welcome and consistently high quality service from our experienced professional team. Our aim is to help you and your family achieve and maintain a healthy mouth for life! We offer a wide range of services integrating the highest quality materials with the latest proven techniques.


Forest Road Dental Practice



Forest Road


LE11 3NP

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Leicester College


Liz Lightowler 07917628655

  • The advanced apprenticeship programme will require you to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • This is a 15 unit programme of which 11 units are portfolio based and assessed in the workplace. The remaining 4 units are theory exam based and delivered via e-Learning
  • Alongside the structured training programme offered through the apprenticeship, the employer will also provide you with a full induction programme and continuous mentoring and support from our experienced and qualified staff 

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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